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Lesson # John 4:7-10
Study Material - John 4:7-10
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7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, 'Give Me a drink.' 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 The Samaritan woman therefore said to Him, 'How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?' (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered and said to her, 'If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.'
The woman comes to draw water. She is a poor woman, a servant. She does not have servants of her own, otherwise someone else would have come to the well for her. We come to God as poor people, as slaves. Whether we recognize this or not, that is the place of mankind. We are slaves to our sin natures, and slaves to death. The only access to freedom from these chains, is God through Jesus Christ.
It would seem a odd chance of events to just happen to meet Christ on this occasion, at the very well of one of the Patriarchs, and not just any Patriarch, but Jacob the father of the nation of Israel. Abraham could have been mentioned. Isaac could have been mentioned. But it is the well, the source of refreshment that is the meeting place, and doctrine from God is our point of contact with God, and our source of eternal water.
Nothing in life is accidental. Though we may happen on chance events, sometimes they are fair to us, and sometimes they are not fair to us. Sometimes we get what we deserve, and sometimes not. But no matter what the event or outcome is in our individual lives, none of it is by chance, or by good or bad luck..
First Jesus asks for her assistance in getting Him water. Second She is taken back, surprised, somewhat in the request since in her mind she is viewed as a somewhat lower creation in the eyes of the Jews. They would sooner eat slop than ask for assistance from a Samaritan. Third, the disciples have gone into the nearest city, a Samaritan city, to buy food for the group. And fourth, the woman poses a question to Jesus, as to why He would interact with her, let alone ask her for water, since He was a Jew and she a Samaritan.
Jesus answers with a riddle in her eyes. If she only knew to whom she was talking, then she would be the one asking for spiritual water, not He asking for physical water. If she knew the gift of God, then she would have a different attitude toward the Savior of the world. But she was ignorant to these things.
Here is Christ sitting on the very well with rich history, and speaking directly to her. All people in life are confronted in many ways and they do not even recognize it. God is present in everything throughout the universe, yet people close their eyes to it. One cannot drive very far before passing a church or cemetery. Both representative of the limits we have in life. One representing our access to our eternal future, the other representing the absolute termination that all mankind has encountered throughout history. How many people do you know that are over 5000 years old or 500 years old, or even 100 years old. People born in the early part of the last century are dead. And certainly all people in the centuries earlier than the last. Their plans, their wealth, their power vanished with them. Now here is the woman meeting fate and her future, as we all meet it and often. The first issue in ones life is faith in Christ, and salvation which seals their destiny in heaven with God. After that you are faced with your attitude toward doctrine. Life doesn't stop at salvation, but you have a new goal of spiritual maturity.
So the woman comes face to face with God in her ignorance, as we all do. And God delivers the message of the gospel. The absence of the disciples helps her to concentrate on the message and not be distracted by their perhaps prejudiced attitudes towards Samaritans. They might have intimidated her away from this conversation with Christ. She already had her own preconceived ideas about the Jews. And she has to get passed these first.
Many people grow up with teachings and ideas passed on to them by their parents, friends, teachers, and society in general. These attitudes become barriers and crutches, like counting beads of saying Hale Mary's and such. These can be formidable barriers to ones learning process, because we have to get passed them first, before we can move forward. And not just getting passed them on our own, but getting passed the criticism of others who mean to ridicule you perhaps for your new beliefs.
So if she knew of the gift from God , and if she knew of whom she was speaking, then she would know far more and her whole attitude would be different.
The initial question is who is God and what does He have for us? Is it better than what we already have, or can we do better without God? Rivers of living water flow fro the mature believer, John 7:38. Water comes from the springs of salvation, Isa. 12:3. The dead land comes to life with water, Isa. 35:7. Water is the source of life in this world, but in the spiritual life, water is Bible doctrine and your soul is the object to be refreshed.. If your soul lacks doctrine it will in effect dehydrate and die, just as your body will suffer. So a healthy soul needs spiritual food, and in this case water, the water of Gods word.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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