Monday, February 13, 2012

A Morning Cup of Tea: The Woman of Samaria

Good morning! I think this week we are getting a little taste of winter, but not too bad. In the 50s and 60s this week mostly. 
  Today we are in chapter four of John. Verses 1-42 are what we are focusing on today. Please do read this on your own. There is much to learn in this passage and i'm so afraid I won't do it justice.
  Jesus and his disciples were headed to Galilee, and they had to travel through Samaria. Jesus stopped at the well, and the disciples had gone into town to buy food. A Samaritan woman was at the well, and Jesus asked her for a drink. She was surprised at this, because Jews didn't have much to do with Samaritans at the time. 
  Jesus talked to her and told her about living water, which we know is salvation. She didn't understand it, but she wanted it. It was then he asked her to bring her husband to the well. She answered that she had no husband. He told her that she was correct in that. She'd had 5 husbands, and the man she was with now was not her husband. Can you imagine how you would feel if a man you'd never met before told you all that you had done?
  She ran off to tell the people of her town about Jesus being the Christ. Meanwhile, the disciples had come back and they urged Jesus to eat. He told them his meat was to do the will of God, and finish his work. 
 35. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest? behold I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
 Jesus was telling them, and us, there are people all around ready to hear the gospel and obey. The work is there, we just need to do it.
  Many of the Samaritans of that city (Sychar) believed what the woman told them, and came to hear him for themselves. Jesus stayed there two days teaching.
 41.And many more believed because of his own word;
 42. And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying; for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
 Okay. The Samaritans from Sychar heard Jesus speak, they believed, and they confessed that Jesus was the Christ. Those are steps to salvation.  It does not say whether they repented of sins and were baptized but I wonder if they were. Any thoughts on this? 
  In the meantime, have a great day.  

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