The first priority of the life of every disciple must be a spiritual priority. Specifically, pleasing the One Who calls us into service. Jesus makes this point to the Samaritan woman and the disciples.
John 4:31-38 New King James Version (NKJV)
31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
For Jesus, as He serves in His earthly ministry, He says His highest priority was accomplishing the work of the Father, and this was all the satisfaction Jesus needed. Continue reading
What is the proper response to becoming a disciple of the Messiah? That’s the question John explores in the second half of chapter 4. The chapter starts with the Samaritan woman at the well. She was a woman who lacked access to the truth of God. She was trapped in a false religious system. Now the Disciples return.
But unlike Jesus, the disciples are still very much respecter of people. When they return in verse 27, look at what they say…
John 4:27 (NKJV)
The Whitened Harvest
27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”
As the disciples approached the well on foot, they must have observed Jesus speaking to this Samaritan woman from a distance. They must have been completely perplexed.
They are completely amazed because Jesus is basically breaking one of the more important restrictions of Jewish society. He is speaking to a Samaritan – and a woman no less. Despite their curiosity, they don’t say anything to either of them. It’s obvious why their silence would have been directed toward Jesus. Out of respect, they wouldn’t have challenged His authority. But why don’t they say anything to the woman? Because they don’t want to break the same restriction because she is a Samaritan. Therefore, they are not going to talk to her. If they don’t say anything, why did John the writer say they don’t say anything? Why make a point of that? Why would John think to mention it? Continue reading
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