by Christina Farris
3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.
4 And he must needs go through Samaria.
5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
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.
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? One of the most loving gesters Jesus did while he walked the earth was speaking to other tribes that the Jews had outcasted because of Idolatary. These people of Samaria may or may not of been even mixed with Jewish ancestory, but they were also people that lived in the region placed there after being exiled by Babylonian empire. It a little more complex then that, but these people were consider Gentiles or outcast from Israel as well, maybe having mixed blood. Jesus talked to everyone he came in contact with. It matter not that they were gentiles mixed with Jewish ancestry. One must remember Jesus was a business man by trade, and also lived among the Gentiles in Nazarith growing up. The laws of ignoring certain groups of people were far from what Jesus was accustom of doing. Yet this woman understood salvation came from the Jews. This woman understood Jesus had claimed he was greater then her father Jacob. Yet what she could not perceive yet that He was the Messiah.
Several things we must consider this woman understood the Messiah would come from the country of Israel. Another thing this woman understood was that God could be worshipped anywhere though custom said it must be in Jerusalem by tradition. This tribe had tried to help rebuild the temple in Jerusalem but because of Idolatry and mixing of culture, they were not allowed to help in the process, so now she had to worship outside of Jerusalem with her people, because it caused disagreement between her people and Israel. The knowledge of the Messiah coming was real in the hearts of the Samaritans.
Now what does this matter when a day is coming that the true worshippers would worship in Spirit and in truth. This month is a month my website sets aside a month of thanking and praising God. Today is the first day of the 28 day countdown to the national holiday in America called Thanksgiving when the first pilgrims and Indians worshipped God for their first successful harvest in the new country soon to be called America. Where does worship for the believer begin but in spiritual worship of God, not in a building or a church necessarily, but in the heart and soul of the person. It matters not the time of day, or where you are, you can say Thank you Lord and God will hear you. A day was coming that the temple would be destroyed once again in Jerusalem, and the people could not enter the temple again, but Jesus said that the true worshippers would worship in Spirit and in truth. We can worship God anywhere we please. It begins at the soul. It matters not your ancestry you can worship God. God is Spirit. His very being is Spirit.
In the begining of the passage verse 10, Jesus said if you knew who he was you would have asked for the gift of God. Why speak of this verse now, one of the gifts of God is salvation throught the Messiah and the second gift is the Holy Spirit. The importance was the Messiah would baptize with the Holy Spirit. A true worshipper of God worships the Spirit of God with his/her spirit and in truth. Jesus tells the woman he knows her not by acquaintance but because of who He is. This woman was in need of living water Jesus offered. She was in need hope of eternal life. She understood who the Messiah was to be, but did not know Jesus was the Messiah.The Messiah Jesus had introduced himself to her giving her evidence he was the Messiah.
God the Father was to be worshipped in Jerusalem, by tradition, but truth God the Father could be worshipped anywhere. God is and was seeking men and women to worship Him first in their heart before outwardly doing so. God desires believers to worship Him not as outcast but as his children. Jesus had water to quench the Samaritan woman's thirst, it began with the facts that Jesus knew who she was and even about her living with men that she was not married too. He was giving her a sample of the water He had for her. He gave her sample of the Spirit of truth the convicts the heart and speaks the truth about sin. He had more to offer and that was the Holy Spirit. For to worship God in Spirit we need the Holy Spirit to make intercession for us in prayer. Part of that intercession is praise that we sometimes can not utter before the throne of God. Holy Spirit intercedes before God the Father.
Why is knowledge about God, The Father, Son And Holy Spirit so important. One the woman understood God the Father was to be worshipped in Jerusalem, though she worshipped else where, Two she understood a Messiah was coming that would explain all truths. Jesus explained that it was okay to worship anywhere. The third thing the worship of God came from the Spirit of man and God. The Holy Spirit of God echoed our spirit/hearts to the Father. The importance is all three of the Godhead is presence here, but also the disciples still understood not that Jesus ministry was to the world. On Israel behalf at the time of Christ and the reestablishment of the temple the holiness was being established of God's house. In the process the idea of prostyletes were probably further from the Jewish heart and mind at the time. Perhaps they had not gotten to that very law yet. The knowledge of who Christ is important so that others know the Messiah they have long for has come. The segregation of Jewish leaders probably began with trying to become holy before God. Not realizing they were outcasting a people from God in the process, and that was never God's intent.
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for gift of the Holy Spirit to worship you and for Him to be able to intercede in our behalf, knowing our needs and desires as well. Heavenly Father thank you for the Messiah you came to share your word with the world not just one tribe of people Thank you Heavenly Father for being who you are to all believers the Father of faith and hope. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Romans 8:26-28 KJV
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.