In the previous post, the Samaritan woman said she perceived Jesus might be a prophet. Which changes the direction of their conversation.
She takes the conversation in a spiritual direction, asking Jesus to settle an age-old religious dispute.
John 4:20 (NKJV)
20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
The woman is asking Jesus to rule on whether the Samaritans or the Jews had the
correct view on where they are supposed to worship. The Samaritans had made Gerizim the center of their worship, and that goes all the way back to Abraham and Jacob’s day. This is the mountain they thought or they said was the place Abraham sacrificed Isaac. It wasn’t. But that was what they said. They said this was the place Abraham met Melchizedek, probably wasn’t but they said it. Since this mountain was near Shechem and many significant events in the Old Testament occurred in connection to Shechem, then they logically concluded that this must be an important place for God. Continue reading
At this point, it would be nice if the Samaritan woman gets it. And she understands Jesus is talking about more than just water. But no, the ships are still passing each other, as we see by her response.
John 4:15 (NKJV)
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
She acts as if Jesus is still talking about literal water. Once more, the woman refuses to enter into a spiritual conversation. I say she acts here because I am beginning to wonder, aren’t you? He mentioned eternal life in the prior moment. Continue reading
We continue in the Gospel of John chapter 4. The story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the well of Jacob. Studying the scripture closer you will find a deeper understanding of this encounter with this woman. Part 2
Just as with Nicodemus and spiritual birth, now Jesus is speaking to someone else, in this case about water, using this as an earthly metaphor for spiritual life. And like Nicodemus, Jesus addresses this woman who is captive in a false religious system of worship, a false religion. He’s calling her to know the true God, to seek the truth and put aside the myths and false creeds. Jesus says she’s missing an important opportunity because she lacks two things. Notice these two things He says are holding her back from knowing the truth. Things that are closely related. Continue reading
Chapter 4 of the Gospel of John we see the appearance of a new character. It begins with a conversation between Jesus and a woman of questionable character. The Samaritan Woman.
Let’s begin in verse 1…
John 4:1-4 (NKJV)
a Samaritan Meets Her Messiah
4 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
The chapter picks up at the end of the events in chapter 3, with Jesus still in Judea, preparing to leave for the Galilee. Jesus is leaving we’re told because the Pharisees had heard Jesus was baptizing even more than John the Baptist. As we mentioned earlier, it was Jesus’ disciples who were doing the baptizing, not Jesus. But regardless, the Pharisees were increasingly worried about Jesus’ growing popularity and they think He is going to become a danger to their power. Samaritan Woman Continue reading