What does the women’s response demonstrate?
When you look at John chapters 3 and 4 together we see a startling contrast between the two.
1. In John 3 we have a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus; in John 4 we have an unknown unnamed women.
2. Nicodemus was a man of very high rank and position, "Master of Israel"; the woman was one of low rank forced to fetch water for herself.
3. Nicodemus was very well educated favored Jew; the woman was a rejected despised Samaritan.
4. In chapter 3 we see a man of strict morals who knew the ways of the law and kept to his knowledge all of them and had a high reputation for this; in chapter 4 we see a woman of dissolute habits who came to the well during the hottest time of the day most likely to avoid confrontation with others because of her reputation.
5. Nicodemus made it a point to seek out Christ as a teacher; the woman was looking for water and Christ sought out her to teach and bestow His gifts.
6. Nicodemus came in the darkness; the woman was greeted in the noon of the daylight.
7. In chapter 3, to the self-righteous Jew, Christ says you must be born again; in chapter 4, to the humbled Gentile, Christ speaks of the gifts of God.