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The Testimony Of The Samaritan Woman

When they made themselves corrupt, and refused to heed all of the warnings from the LORD to repent, the people of The Northern Kingdom of Israel were conquered and taken away by the Assyrians under Sargon (see Ancient Empires - Assyria) in 721 B.C. Later, about 677 B.C., the Assyrians under Esarhaddon brought people of other nations in to keep the land from becoming desolate. Those non-Israelites became known as "Samaritans."

After the people of The Southern Kingdom of Judah returned from their Babylonian exile (because they made themselves corrupt just like the northern kingdom had become about 130 years earlier), they refused to allow the Samaritans to take part in the rebuilding of the Temple because they were not Israelites. That scornful relationship continued right into New Testament times e.g "for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans" (John 4:9 KJV). "Samaritan" even became a form of insult, including a blasphemous one upon Christ e.g. "8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto Him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan and hast a devil?" (John 8:48 KJV).

"Many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him for the saying of the woman which testified"

The Samaritans fared far better with the Jews who recognized the Messiah, including the Messiah Himself. The Lord freely and openly accepted and associated with Samaritan people and, ironically, many of them recognized and accepted Him as The Savior while the Jewish leadership generally rejected Him (see Why Can't 'The Chosen People' See?). Samaritans were among the earliest Christians (Acts 8:25, 9:31, 15:3).

The example of Samaritan acceptance of the Son of God was demonstrated by a Samaritan woman who not only accepted the Christ, but, through her testimony, caused others to do so as well.

A Samaritan Woman

"4:5 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. 4:6 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 [i.e. noon - see Hours Of The Day].

4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 4:8 For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.

4:9 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.

4:10 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.

4:11 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? 4:12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 4:14 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.

4:15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

4:16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

4:17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 4:18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet [see Jesus Of Nazareth, Prophet Of God]. 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews [see Zionism to understand how that term is about Christ, not about those who reject Him]. 4:23 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. 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ [see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah; also The Messiah's Triumphal Entry Into The Temple]: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he." (Acts 4:5-26 KJV)

The Samaritan woman wasn't merely a convert. She caused others to look to the Truth as well (no pun intended).

"4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.

4:40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 4:41 And many more believed because of his own word; 4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world." (Acts 4:39-42 KJV)

Fact Finder: What are the "living waters" that Christ spoke of to the Samaritan woman?
See Living Waters

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