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Lesson # John 4:19-24
Study Material - John 4:19-24
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
19 The woman said to Him, 'Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 'Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.' 21 Jesus said to her, 'Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father. 22 'You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 'But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 'God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.'
Now Jesus begins to take the woman full circle, from her perceptions of the animosity between the Jews and the Samaritans, that they should not deal with one another, to the discourse on water, both real water and spiritual water. The physical things in life. And turns her attention, not to the well and its history, on which she relies, but history can not help her, but to her own self. The issue is sin in ones life and the spiritual status of ones self.
She was worshipping God from a position of ignorance and convenience. Sort of something to do when you have nothing else to do, and because people are generally busy in their daily chores, there is simply no time to think about God and the real aspects of God.
She changes the subject realizing that Jesus was something more than just another Jew traveling through the neighborhood. He knew things about her that he should not have known. But Jesus did not reprimand her for her sinning ways. He was polite and merely directed her attention to what He was really teaching her. Now she was starting to get focused, but again changes the subject with some criticism.
So you Jews worship in Jerusalem and we worship in the mountains. So who is right and who is wrong. Well as it turns out both are right and both are wrong. The Samaritans worshiped the God of Israel, but they worshipped Him as the god of the land, 2 Kings 17:27, and not the God of Heaven. They used God for their convenience and made adjustments in how they worshipped Him. So they worshipped in ignorance.
Likewise, the Jews worshipped God in the temple in Jerusalem utilizing the scriptures in the correct manner and as prescribed by the Mosaic Law. But the Law was not doctrine, nor the end desired. The Law was proof of mans need for a savior. It was a shadow in its feasts and sacrifices pointing to the Cross which was the real doctrine, the doctrine of Christ.
God authorized various rituals for the purpose of teaching Bible doctrine. The rituals were not in themselves the desired end. Simply by following the rituals one could not be saved. In Christ's time the temple was filed with various religious types who were unbelievers, and they were following the ritual sacrifices faithfully. All to their demise. There was no satisfying effect in the rituals and feasts. If there were, then there would have been no need to repeat them over and over again, day after day, year after year, for centuries.
Christ went to the Cross once, and that was all that was required. This was to fulfill the Law of Moses and end it once and for all. Now the question was not the where one would worship, but the who. This has always been the same since Adam and remains the same today. We worship God the Father, through Jesus Christ. They worshipped the Father through the promised savior. So there is no difference. The promised savior was prophesied in many scriptures and described as the Son of God, and as the son of Adam. Both God and man in the same person . So knowledge of God came through the Jewish race through the written scriptures, but this too was lost by the Jews in their embracement of sin rather than doctrine.
Whether one worships in a shack or in a beautiful cathedral makes no difference. The place is irrelevant. Ones history, ones culture, ones ancestry, ones family tree, ones tradition are all irrelevant in the spiritual life. What is important is the status of ones worship, and that must be in spirit and in truth.
This to has not changed since Adam, and is consistent for today's worship as well. Spirit and truth are description of being in fellowship with God, and worshipping on the basis of Bible doctrine. Not from hearsay, not from old wives tales, not from things we arbitrarily make up as rules that man should follow, but from Gods Word and from His Word alone.
In Spirit means in fellowship. Sin is recognized and acknowledged to God. We call it confession, or naming or listing our sins to God the Father. And we do it on a regular basis in order to maintain our fellowship status. Father I did this and that and this and that. Being specific as to what you did or thought, etc. This is commanded by God for us to acknowledge our sins to Him and He is faithful in His restoration of us to a spiritual status. This is being in spirit. This is not an emotional event, just a practical one and an obedient one. Keeping ourselves alert and open minded to the world around us and to the direction we are going in life. It helps us keep sin in check.
In truth, is Bible doctrine. We cannot use that which we do not know. We need to learn doctrine, and to learn, we need to study it regularly. And for any of it to do us good we need to be in fellowship. Glance at the soul charts on the index page for details as to the workings of the soul.
The time was coming when the peoples living in the mountains, and the peoples living in Jerusalem would both be gone. Rome, in 70 AD, would clear out the current occupants and exile them to the four corners of the world, in the single biggest exile event in history. As well as the longest exile of nearly 2000 years. The present occupation of Israel in the Middle East is not the regathering of the Jews, which Christ will do at the second advent. The second advent is still future.
We do not need to belong to the 'right' church, or attend the 'right' cathedral in order to be right with God. What is important is the content of your soul. We worship in spirit and in truth. You must worship by means of truth, but truth must first be in you in order for it all to come together.
Now Jesus has brought her attention to the issue of the gospel. And that lesson is tomorrow.
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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