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JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (PART 2 OF 2)

JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (PART 2 OF 2)

JACOB'S WELL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

JACOB’S WELL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

NOW WOMAN, GO AND GET YOUR HUSBAND (John 4:16-26 MSG)

In part 2 of this most important study, we pick up the story of the Samaritan woman who by chance met Jesus at the well.  After Jesus had offered her to drink the living water, Jesus abruptly shifted the subject from his living water to her style of living.  The woman perceived her need for living water at one level.  Jesus knew that her need was far deeper, so he turned the conversation to reveal his knowledge of her personal life, and her sin of adultery.  So here is what Jesus told the woman to do:

He said, “Woman go and get your husband.” Jesus wanted to make this woman see her sin and her need for forgiveness and then offer her the living water, salvation.  She must have realized that this was not a man who could be fooled, for she answered transparently, 17-18 “I have no husband,” she said.”     ”That is nicely put: ‘I have no husband.’ You have had five husbands, and the man you are living with now is not even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough.”  The woman spoke the truth without any explanation.

Although he confronted the woman’s sinful life, Jesus managed to affirm her truthfulness.  He did not accuse or excuse; he simply described her life so that she could draw some clear conclusions about the mess in which she was living.  The conclusions we reach without knowing the facts will usually err in one of two directions:  We will accuse others and raise their defenses, or we will excuse others and enable their denial.  We see in Jesus communication with this woman that when faced with an accepting confrontation, people will often respond positively.  When we speak to others about themselves, we must limit our words to what we know.

Now the woman’s dandruff begins to rise and she says to Jesus,   “Oh, so you’re a prophet! Well, tell me this:  Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?”

The woman acknowledged the truthfulness of Jesus remarks about her life.  At the same time, she recognized that he must be a prophet who had the power to “see” the hidden past as well as the future.  The theme of people “seeing” Jesus appears several times in John (especially in chapter 9).  The persons Jesus encountered saw him many different ways, but he consistently directed their attention to recognize him for who he really was, their Savior.

When we as CHILDREN OF GOD, begin to recognize Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then we will begin to worship Him in Spirit as we are commanded to do, we will have been filled with knowledge and power of the truth of who God is, who we are and who we are in Christ.

 

The expression “in spirit” refers to the human spirit, the immaterial, inner being in each person, the God-breathed entity that corresponds to the nature of God himself, who is Spirit.  Using the terms of Jesus conversation, worship involves the person’s awareness of that personal “spring of living water” that God has planted in each believer.  God indwells a believer that is where true worship takes place.  Our body can be anywhere, yet worship occurs as our attention and praise are turned toward God.  We need to consciously focus on God when we are in a house of worship because we easily assume that our presence in church is all that we need in order to worship.  We can usually remember how long the worship service lasted, but can we remember exactly when we actually worshiped the Lord?

In this discussion as Jesus met the woman at the well, Jesus sowed the seeds of salvation in her mind and sent her out to sow seeds in the minds of other Samaritans.  He was preparing the people for a great harvest to come.

We will conclude this discussion in our SUNDAY PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE.  Until then, may the Lord’s blessings be upon each one of you, as you enjoy daily the fruits from His table of Blessings, in Jesus name, AMEN!

 

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