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Saturday, May 14 2016

John 4: The Messiah And The Samaritan Woman

"And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him for the saying of the woman, which testified"

When the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) had the northern Kingdom of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes) taken away into exile because of their political and religious corruption (see The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes), He permitted the Assyrians to replace them with people from Babylon (see The Origin Of The Samaritans).

Later, the people of the southern Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) contemptuously referred to those settlers as "Samaritans" because they were given to settle in Samaria - what had been the central region of the land of Israel and the capital region of the northern kingdom (see The Capital Of The Lost Ten Tribes Of Israel).

A Woman Of Ramala Paradoxically, by the time of the Messiah's coming, His own nation failed to recognize Him because of the religion that they had superimposed upon what the LORD had actually given to them ("1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not." John 1:10-11 KJV; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism), while people such as the Samaritans were able to see the Truth. Such was the example of the Samaritan woman who encountered the Messiah at a well.

"4:1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 4:2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria. 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.

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. 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. 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: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he." (June 4:1-26 KJV)

The disciples then returned and were surprised to find the Messiah talking "with the woman" - because she was a woman, and because she was a Samaritan. That attitude was typical of the men of Judah toward women, and moreover toward Samaritans, male or female. It was a question that they later learned not to ask.

The Tribes Of Israel

"4:27 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?

4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 4:30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

4:31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.

4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

4:33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?

4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 4:36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 4:37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 4:38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours." (John 4:27-38 KJV)

The Samaritan woman became a witness of the Messiah to other Samaritans: "many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified."

"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." (John 4:39-42 KJV)

The Messiah often passed through Samaria because it was located between Galilee and Judea. As it happened, the Messiah's first public miracle was His turning water into wine at Cana in Galilee (see The Messiah's Beginning Of Miracles). His second miracle was the healing of a nobleman's child at Capernaum, on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee (see Why Were The First Apostles Fishermen Instead Of Carpenters?).

"4:43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. 4:44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. 4:45 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.

4:46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. 4:47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.

4:48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

4:49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

4:50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. 4:51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. 4:52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.

4:53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.

4:54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee." (John 4:43-54 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did Israel and Judah become two very different kingdoms - religiously and politically?
See The Politics Of The Two Kingdoms

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This Day In History, May 14

1264: King Henry III was captured by his brother-in-law Simon deMontfort at the Battle of Lewes in France.

1483: The Coronation of Charles VIII of France (Charles l'Affable).

1509: The Battle of Agnadello in northern Italy. French forces defeated the Venetians.

1607: Jamestown (named after England's King James, after whom the King James Version of the Bible is also named), Virginia was settled by patriotic English colonists.

1610: King Henri IV (Henri de Navarre) of France was assassinated by a fanatical monk, Francois Ravillac.

1643: Louis XIV became king of France at age 4 after the death of his father, Louis XIII.

1796: English physician Edward Jenner performed the first vaccination against smallpox, on an 8 year old child.

1811: Paraguay declared independence from both Spain and Argentina.

1897: Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph (radio).

1936: British field marshal Edmund Allenby died at age 75. He was the last great leader of British cavalry, and directed the "Palestine" campaign during the First World War, after which the land of Israel (and most of the Middle East) was liberated from centuries of rule by the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

The British Mandate

1948: At 8 a.m. the British administration, that brought about the prophesied return of the people of Judah to the land of Judah, lowered the Union Jack in Jerusalem and completed their withdrawal from "Palestine" (see also Where Is Palestine?). By mid-afternoon, full scale fighting had erupted throughout the country as surrounding Muslim nations attacked. At 4:00 p.m., a broadcast was made of the National Council for The Jewish State proclaiming the State of Israel. David Ben Gurion read out The Scroll of Independence in the Tel Aviv Museum: "By virtue of our national and intrinsic right, and on the strength of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, we hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, which shall be known as the State of Israel" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
Note: the present-day nation of "Israel" is actually the re-establishment of the southern kingdom of Judah, not all of Israel i.e. while all Jews are Israelites, not all Israelites are Jews (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah and When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?).

1955: The Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Albania signed the "Eastern European Mutual Assistance Treaty" ("The Warsaw Pact"). It collapsed along with communism a little over 30 years later.

1961: A bus carrying civil rights "Freedom Riders" was bombed and burned in Alabama.

1973: The Skylab space station was launched.

1994: The "West Bank" town of Jericho saw its first full day of "Palestinian" self-rule (see Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).


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