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