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05/05/2009

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The Samaritan Woman - A Lesson About Knowledge


"When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, 'Will you give me a drink?'" (John 4: 7)

As we look at many of the encounters we have every day, do we view them as opportunities to be a witness for the Lord? Do we think that just maybe we were "led" to these encounters for a purpose? This set of passages from our New Testaments is one of my favorites. The woman was a Samaritan, and at that time they just didn't associate with Jews. Jesus said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water" (V 10).

This encounter of Jesus and the Samaritan women led to a wide range of conversation which included water, marriage, prejudice, worship and the Messiah. When Jesus mentions "living water" her interest is peaked. He says, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirst again, but whoever drinks the water that I give him will never thirst" (V 13). Imagine that! Drinking a water that will cause you to thirst no more...She was definitely interested now and Jesus reveals more of Himself to her. He asks her to return with her husband to which she replies that she has none. (technically true....she has been married 5 times and is presently living with a man who is not her husband) How did this man know this about her?

She now views Him as a prophet and talks about where each of them (Samaritan and Jew) worship. This gives Jesus another opportunity to give this woman more knowledge and insight. "Yet a time is coming and has come now when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth" (V 23) The woman reveals that she knows that a "Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When He comes, he will explain everything to us" (V 25). At this time Jesus says, "I who speak to you am Him" (V 26)

What wonderful things she learned. She didn't keep them to herself however as she returned to her village and declared, that this man had told her things about herself He should not have known. What a noble lesson she teaches us. She teaches us of the importance of hearing Him and telling others what we have heard. (many Samaritans became believers because of her testimony) She teaches us to have the insight of using the knowledge we have obtained and sharing it with others....True knowledge!

Have a wonderful day...Go about doing good....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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