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Lesson # John 4:27-30
Study Material - John 4:27-30
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27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He had been speaking with a woman; yet no one said, 'What do You seek?' or, 'Why do You speak with her?' 28 So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city, and said to the men, 29 'Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?' 30 They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.
Jesus has drawn out the thinking of the Samaritan woman. Which was based on ignorance and hand me down information from friends, neighbors, parents, family, grandparents and so forth. Her guilt was in her lack of a positive attitude toward doctrine. She was living in sin with her live in partner. She was a laborer and a poor woman, doing the will of others, rather than her own will. She was a slave in life as she was a slave in her spiritual life to her own sin nature.
Now we have the return of the disciples, who one would think would have more graciousness for people in general, and especially for a poor woman. But they are guilty of prejudice as well. They have been with Jesus Christ. They have seen the miracles. Heard Him speak of His role here in this first advent. They heard the gospel message and the need for salvation and the doctrine which comes after.
They saw His kindness and power all wrapped up in His single personage. Here they have the opportunity to be courteous to this Samaritan woman, but their thoughts are not proper. They wondered at what she sought from Jesus, or them for that matter. They wondered why Jesus would speak to such a person.
Surely, Jesus could see that she was a 'Samaritan'. Surely Jesus could see that she was a poor woman, of a lower class. Someone that we just do not mingle with. Boy if they only knew of her sex life!!! Then they would really have some complaint.
But Jesus knew all and more than the disciples knew, yet He did not condemn her, but led her to the gospel and His identity. Jesus opened her eyes and made her really question if He indeed was the Christ. But the disciples were away doing 'The Lords Work'. Perhaps a little pious in their attitude.
The disciples still had not learned that they too were once under slavery, and thus the scum of the earth. What was it that made them better? Because they were in the company of God perhaps. Did this make them a little higher than others such that they could look down over their nose at others of their choosing and be somewhat condescending.
No doubt the woman felt their looks, though they did not say anything. But her mind was on greater things now. She had just been conversing with the Savior, and the impact of that probably was not quit settling in just yet. She could think of nothing else but to run back to the town and tell others of her encounter.
Here we have a contrast between the woman who is not a disciple and she has run into the city to proclaim the Christ is here. He is at the well. He knows everything that I did. Come and see Him. On the other hand the disciples went to the city to buy food and said nothing. The disciples have been with Jesus for some time now and they were wrapped up in their 'important positions'. The disciples looked to their task of getting food for the evening meal and perhaps the rest of the trip to Galilee. But the real food, food for the soul was missing. They were perhaps too close to the forest, that they did not see it and forgot the time in which they lived.
For centuries Christ had been foretold. All of the scriptures pointed in their prophecy to this exact time in history. And they were now living in the single most important period of history. One would think that they would be so would up in their participation that they couldn't stop talking about it.
The woman, that 'Samaritan', ran to the city. Couldn't stop talking. Told everyone she met. One can see her zeal and excitement which caught hold of everyone she spoke to such that they all came out to see Jesus. Their curiosity and interest was at a peak. They were positive and ripe for the picking, a full harvest, as Jesus would mention later. The people were coming not to see the group of disciples, but to see Jesus, the Christ, the Savior which Moses had told about, and of which Isaiah spoke.
Where is he? Is he tall and strong? Is He on a white horse and dashing and powerful? No none of these. But they will hear His words and from in those words they will see the power of God and His salvation, and the life after salvation. Excitement ran through the crowd. The disciples did not raise this excitement. The woman did. They had contempt for her and they were somewhat confused as to their role for the moment.
Why was Jesus talking to this woman? Because she was positive to God, and Jesus gave her what she needed for an eternal life. This was the task of the disciples. To spread the gospel. They had been baptizing down at the Jordan. Had they forgotten that? Were the people at the river somehow more deserving than the people they passed along the road?
People live in all stations of life and no one is better or worse than any other. We can't elevate ourselves because we think that we know more than others. We can't write off someone based on superficial prejudices. Ours is not to judge anyone, but to treat people equally. To tolerate them when they are pains in the behind, and otherwise get along with them if possible. Granted some people are simply negative toward you and to those you simply avoid contact, or walk away from their environment if possible. But you do not go out of your way to presume antagonism toward others just because you have some preconceived notions about them.
The disciples had been gone to get food, but their real job was to provide spiritual food. Christ requested water, which He never got, but He was giving water of a better sort. The woman did not have a clue that things were going to change for her that day. Sometimes surprises come to us and they are good surprises, sometimes not. It is far better to be current in ones Bible study and wide eyed and alert, than to be asleep and smothered with superstitions of tradition, ancestry, and so forth.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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