Daily Devotions For Saturday: by Christina Farris 5/13/2017
John 4:1-30 KJV
(1) When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
(2) (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)
(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?
(30) Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
Is this the Christ the women asked the men of her town. Jesus did several things that were not etiquette for that day an time. In other words Jesus often broke tradition, but not legal law. No law said in Jewish tradition not to talk to the opposite sex or to not talk to someone that was half Jewish. Customs and traditions are not laws of legal mind, but of mental state of being. It is the state of saying because my ancestors did not I will not. There is often a reason for these decisions made long ago that might not be true today. Samaritans had intermarried not necessarily by choice but the nation from the North that fought against them. This made the Jewish race unclean, they believe in purity of race and religion. Yet with religion they did receive other nations in their faith. It kind of like a small community of one group only that wants to keep their group segregated from others. Nothing wrong with segregation, if there is tolerance of others. Yet when it breeds hate, mistrust, and attitude of one is better then another, then it is an issue. Gentiles were welcome to the temple, just not in all areas of temple. It had to do with holiness and purity of mind. No doubt at times Jews were in the gentile courts because of uncleanness issues. Even Jesus taught in the treasury.
Jesus talking to this Samaritan was not against his call as Messiah. He came to save all that were lost. To talk to her He did break tradition. Yet he took time to tell her about living water. Water of faith, hope and love. Water being the word. Jesus was living water, being the word of God in John 1:1-14. Today there is still customs in areas often not known to strangers. Yet to everyone else it is known. Yet talking to this women caused her to go back to tell her village of all that Jesus told her asking is this the Christ.
One can not help to think if one told you what you did last week or year ago, one might ask what social media are you on, or is it big brother. To say it is the Holy Spirit would be in question. Or where were you when I said it. This day age Jesus way of talking to this women would not work in our world, unless in a place where technology is less then most places and in use. Yet the technology was not there for Jesus to use, but Jesus still knew all the woman ever did or said. This caused a stir in her village.
Jesus told the women that there was time coming even now that true worshippers would worship neither in Jerusalem or the mountain, but they would worship in Spirit and in truth. Whether you are in the congregation of church or not. Are you still worshipping God. The other day as my husband and I were walking, I asked him do you realize we are walking in God’s throne room. Heaven above and the earth his God’s footstool. Short moment of realization where we are walking. God’s throne room, the beauty of his creation all around. Moment of recognizing God and his beauty around us.
Worship of our Heavenly Father is knowing where we standing, is holy ground. God’s kingdom ever reaching far and wide. Let us worship God and our Heavenly Father always in spirit and in truth, not because we are in the building of human design.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the reminder of your holiness and that we are surround by your kingdom. That despite race or creed you are the God of the universe and the earth. Enable your children to worship you in spirit and in truth, no matter where they are. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study For Devotions: Colossians 3:11-17 KJV
(11) Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
(12) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
(13) Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
(14) And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
(15) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
(16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
(17) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.