by Christina Farris
16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. This chapter is taken from the story of the woman at the well in search of living water. Jesus confronts the woman about her husband. She had five husbands and one she lived with was not her husband. In fact she was virtues woman perhaps until this sixth man in her life. She was not told to go marry him, nor told she lived in sin.However it might help to understand that the woman understood Jesus was at the miminum was a prophet by what he spoke to her. Now this story has no miracles, only conversation about faith. Jesus did not call her to repentance, but continued a discourse on faith. The discourse came with inquiry as to where to worship God. The Samaritan woman was out cast to the people of Israel based on the fact that Samaritans intermarried with foreign tribes of idolaters. Now what interesting is kings were worshippers of God and many had lived in idolatry. Now not all Samaritans were Idolaters, but they were not allowed beyond the gentile sanctuary because of the Idolatry of the tribe. Kings seems to do as they pleased concerning the temple. The Samaritans had a place to worship outside of Jerusalem, but they were told the correct place to worship God was in Jerusalem. Samaritan ask where is the correct place to worship God. Jesus said a time was coming where no one would worship God on the mountain or in Jerusalem. The woman did not know God because salvation was of the Jews. Salvation would come through the Jewish people. God is Spirit, does not belong to one group of people, but he must be worship in spirit and in truth.
The woman then said to Jesus when the Messiah comes which is called Christ(anointed) he will tell us all things. Jesus tells her that he is the Messiah. The story of where Jesus himself says he is the Messiah. He spoke truth of who the woman was, did not tell her to repent but spoke of living water in John 4 (I did not copied that part, so you can take time to look that up if you are not familiar with the story.) He spoke of himself as being living water and spoke of faith, and worship. Not every time did Jesus speak on repentance nor did he cast a stone at anyone, though he could. What did Jesus do in his ministry but answer questions that people had concerning the Messiah(himself) He spoke of worshipping God not only in the temple, because of a time coming when their be no temple. Have you ever taken a vacation and either visited another church or had quiet devotional read where you were staying. Whether in a church or by yourself you can worship God. God is not subject to a man man house or ark as some might like you to believe. Isaac meditated in a field. Abraham worshipped wherever he chose to build an altar. Moses and the people built a tabernacle(tent) in the wilderness to congregate in and the tent was for the ark. Noah built altar outside the ark, when he came out of the ark. Point being the people that worship God have never been confined to a place of worship. We only confine ourselves to a place of worship by traditions, because of the desire to meet and worship with a group of people. Whether in a church or by oneself you can worship God.
Jesus is telling this woman about faith has no boundaries as far as location. She already believed in God but she knew not God. We can believe in God and not know God. God desires for us to know him. When we read his word he begins to teach us who he is. When we look around the world and our surroundings we begin to see who God is by what we read in scripture portrayed in our daily life. God wants us to make the connection between his word and who he is in our world today. It is the denial of God's working power in the world that causes people to deny the reality of God power today, even when it right before them. Do we see God in our government, he can not be removed, do we see God in the government of other countries. Do we see the wrath of God poured out in our government and other governments. Do we see the fall of political powers as an act of God or the work of God. Do we see the rise of God in our government and our leaders? Do we see in our personal life the rise of God and the fall of man as they come to terms of the reality of God's power to heal, deliver, to enable one to work, to destroy opposition in one's life, to rebuild, to restore and make restoration. To worship God you need no political ties, country, only to bow your head and talk to God. You don't even have to bow your head with a contrite heart, for you might be looking at the beauty of God's creation around you as you talk to God, depending on where you are. The mindframe of worship is to see God's worthiness and power to be worshipped. To understand His awesomeness to do the impossible, to create something from nothing that the human eye can perceive. To acknowledge God is authority in our own life as well as in the things of this world.
Part of worship is to glorify and to maginify who God is in our hearts and minds. We need no hymn, no song to do this, but a song, a hymn of praise might express it. We need no scripture but there is scripture that express the power and awesomeness of God. To behold God when we truly do not fully understand who he is at times. To understand his grace is beyond measure. And his desire for us to know Him is greater still.
Dear Heavenly Father, help each person reading to remember the need to worship without the building or even this website. To see you as the Great I am in the wilderness when you spoke to Moses and many prophets after. That you speak to your people's hearts as they worship you. As they adore you. Speak Lord to your people because they want to hear you and you alone, In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Revelation 4:11 KJV Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.