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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).
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.
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.
"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?
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;
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.
Fact Finder: How did Israel and Judah become two very different kingdoms - religiously and politically?
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).
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).
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.