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Lesson # John 4:25-26
Study Material - John 4:25-26
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25 The woman said to Him, 'I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.' 26 Jesus said to her, 'I who speak to you am He.'
Sometimes we have to see something before we believe it, and even then we have difficulty in accepting the truth. The Samaritan woman has gone full circle in this conversation with Jesus. At every turn she has met his instruction with excuses. Now they cross the question of salvation and the recognition of the gospel and faith.
But the woman has still another excuse. 'I know that Messiah is coming'. 'Then, when He comes, then He will teach us what we are to know and do". Then! When is 'then'. Then, is future. Then, is not now, not today, or tomorrow. It wasn't yesterday or the day before. For certainly if is had already occurred, 'then' she would already know the truth. And since she does not know the truth, the Messiah has not come yet. Right?
Wrong. She is still in the excuse mode. A mode which many people live in. They know of God. They know of a savior. They know of the history, at least in part, but their memory is somewhat obscured, and the missing portions of their memories of history are filled in with things that seem right.
The well they were standing next to. Did Jacob dig that well or not? She thinks he did. Yet Jesus tells her she talks about things she knows nothing about, and that is the problem here. She is ignorant of doctrine like so many people are. People aren't positive toward God or doctrine, so they choose not to study their Bibles. What they do know is based on hand me down tales. Jacob gave us the well. We worshipped in the mountains, but the Jews condemned us for doing that. The Assyrians destroyed the country, and why? Because the country was negative toward God. And God destroyed the country as punishment. The poor that were left behind weren't spiritual giants, but they might have been blessed in a way that gave them an opportunity to gain knowledge about God. But the centuries passed and they made no progress. Until now. These people of this generation will be positive toward God and they would not have been here unless their ancestors remained in the land centuries before.
In the next several verses we will see different attitudes. Attitudes that cross the positive and arrogant lines in many ways. Here the woman is a procrastinator, as many people are in life. When Christ comes! What about this statement, 'when Christ comes'. She states what many think. We will wait for now. We will wait for a sign. We will wait for God to make the first move and show us what we are to know or do. We will wait to see Christ face to face, so we can have a conversation with Him, face to face, man to man. On equal terms. Christ can say His words, and we can say our words. If the two match, then we will accept Him and go from there.
This is a lazy form of arrogance. The woman had the scriptures from Moses through Isaiah and the other prophets. God has been with her and all of humanity since before Adam and still exists with us. We today will not see the first advent of Christ, because it has already occurred. We will see the second advent, because we will be right behind Him, racing across the universe toward earth on our white war horses.
But life isn't designed to wait for God to make the first move. He already has. Here is His doctrine, and here is our decision. Accept it or reject it. Learn now and grow up, or remain in ignorance and make up the tales, which are lies that deceive us into thinking that we are all right for now. That we do not have to do anything, but wait for the Savior to make some personal appearance to 'convince' us personally. That is arrogance. That is laziness.
A positive person will receive doctrine. God makes it available. A negative person will not receive doctrine, but God will still make it available despite the failure of the individual.
Ignorant people cling to tales. Tales which are based on some truth, but are diluted with lies, therefore the tale becomes a lie. Then people become experts in the lie, and theorize other variations of the lie, and yet other experts are born to support these descendants of the original lie. And pretty soon the web is a vast complex in which negative people get themselves tangled up. So that the truth, even when it stands right in front of them, is not recognized.
Some people are close to the truth and they will have their eyes opened when the truth slaps them in the face, usually with some type of miracle or revelation, which shakes them back to reality. They catch a glimmer of the real truth, then they have a chance to recover from the vast network of falsehoods which trapped them for so long. Race, religion, tradition, ritual, ancestors, culture, and more, are all true historical elements from which we can learn about where we have come from and perhaps where we are going, but they all exclude spiritual truth. To lean on these as your basis for rejecting doctrine is a grave mistake.
God has already declared all things through the scriptures. If the woman knew them, she would have recognized Christ as John the Baptist did. She would have known the times by means of Daniel's weeks prophecy. By knowing that the birth of Christ was 30 years prior and that His death was only a couple of years away. She would have known that His purpose for this first advent was to go to the Cross and purchase our salvation. But she did not know these things. She was waiting for God to come down and give her a personal invite. Negative people use this excuse to justify their decision not to study their scriptures daily. We'll just wait for God to come and teach us Himself. For now we're too busy with our daily chores, so go away and don't bother us. But the truth is, that when Christ does come into ones life, He is not recognized, and the opportunity is perhaps lost.
'I am the Christ'. This must have shocked her a bit. Before this statement, she had a lot to say. She had a response for everything that Christ said. Now she has no response. She is silent. Christ has her full attention. 'I am the one of whom you are speaking. I am the Messiah'. This is one of the passages where Jesus make s it perfectly clear that He is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, the son of man, the creator of the universe, the first and the last, and on and on the titles go.
The woman has had all her life to learn doctrine. She has been to the well she thought Jacob dug, but she did not think of scripture, only of her historical heritage. Life is full of if's. If she had studied doctrine life would have been different. If we had all done or not done something in the past, then things might have been different. Our life begins everyday, with each new decision toward our Bible study. If we continue being positive, then we will have a great life. If we slack off, then our troubles will take over our lives.
Don't wait on some future event, some event that might never occur. We, each of us, have to seize the moment, and make the positive decision every day, and get with our Bible study and a great life.
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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