Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Jews traveling between Judea and Galilee usually avoided Samaria, a land they considered defiled by Gentile intermarriage and religious syncretism. Rather than walking on impure soil, they descended the mountains surrounding Jerusalem to the Jordan Plain, journeyed along the eastern shore of the Jordan River, and then turned west into Galilee. Jesus, however, chose a direct route from Jerusalem to Cana, which took him through the Samaritan town of Sychar. He had a providential appointment with a woman battered by life and plagued with the consequences of sinful choices. Jesus was going to show that all people need to know and respond to the gospel.