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Monday, August 15 2011
The Believers Of Samaria
After King Solomon plunged from his great wisdom (1 Kings 10:23-24) to great corruption (1 Kings 11:31-35), The United Kingdom of Israel divided into two separate countries, The Northern Kingdom of "Israel" and The Southern Kingdom of "Judah." They were never reunited (but will be in the future - see The Gathering of Israel and Judah).
When they made themselves corrupt and refused to heed all of the warnings from the LORD to repent (see The Prophets: North and South), the people of the Northern Kingdom of Israel were conquered and taken away by the Assyrians under Sargon (see Ancient Empires - Assyria) by 721 B.C. (see The Galilee Captivity). Later, about 677 B.C., the Assyrians under Esarhaddon brought people of other nations (primarily from the area that Abraham originated; see Israel's Iraqi Roots) in to keep the land from becoming desolate. Those non-Israelites became known as "Samaritans." Notice that although they were not Israelite, they came to know the LORD long before the "New Testament" era.
"17:22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did [see also The Return Of The Golden Calves]; they departed not from them; 17:23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.
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).
"The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ"
The Samaritan people (the "foreign" people who were named after the area that the corrupt people of the northern kingdom of Israel lost because they failed to follow the Messiah; see Baal's Samaria) nevertheless fared far better with the Jews who recognized the Messiah, including the Messiah Himself. The Christ freely and openly accepted and associated with Samaritan people. In return, many of them recognized and accepted Him as The Savior, while the Jewish leadership generally rejected Him (see When Do Jews Become Christians?). Samaritans were among the earliest Christians (Acts 8:25, 9:31, 15:3).
Samaritan acceptance of The Prophet Of Galilee was demonstrated by a Samaritan woman who not only welcomed the Christ, but through her testimony caused others to become believers 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.
"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?
This Day In History, August 15
1057: Macbeth, King of Scotland, was killed.
1096: The Church of Rome armies of the First Crusade set out from Europe to "liberate" Jerusalem from the occupying forces of Islamic Turks. Championed by Peter the Hermit in 1093, Pope Urban II had sanctioned the crusade at the Council of Clermont in 1095.
1261: Constantinople fell to Michael VIII of Nicea.
1519: Panama City was founded.
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier began his return trip to France after his first voyage to Canada.
1537: Spanish conquistador Juan de Salazar y Espinoza founded Fort of Our Lady of Asuncion, later Asuncion, Paraguay's capital.
1620: The Mayflower set sail for the "New World" from Southampton, England with 102 English "Pilgrims."
1658: The League of the Rhine was established under French protection after France's King Louis XIV failed to be elected Holy Roman Emperor; Sweden's King Charles X began a second war with Denmark and besieged Copenhagen.
1744: The second Silesian War began with an invasion of Saxony by Prussia's King Frederick II.
1914: The Panama Canal was officially opened.
1940: The German Luftwaffe (air force) suffered its greatest losses for a single day during the Battle of Britain - 75 Nazi aircraft were shot down by the Royal Air Force.
1945: Korea was liberated from 35 years of colonial rule after Japan's defeat in World War II. The peninsula was divided into the Communist North and capitalist South (just as French colonial forces divided Vietnam into North and South a decade later).
1947: Britain partitioned India into the dominions of India and Pakistan, thereby creating two independent nations. Pandit Nehru as became Premier of India and L. Ali Khan became Premier of Pakistan.
1969: The 3-day "Woodstock Music and Art Fair" opened at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in New York State. With an attendance of over 400,000 misguided young people, "Woodstock" became the most infamous satanic festival of idolatry, fornication and dope-addiction of its time.
2007: A magnitude 8.0 earthquake in the Pacific devastated areas of Peru; over 500 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured.