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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.
"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].
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.
Fact Finder: What are the "living waters" that Christ spoke of to the Samaritan woman?