My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

John 4

Foreign worship

Jesus asked a foreign woman for water, and she was surprised a Jew even spoke to her. Jesus offered her eternal water, which she was keen on. He knew that she had been sleeping around, and told her exactly how many men she'd been with and she was amazed. Seeing that he was a prophet, she changed topic and asked a theological question about where people could worship, because she disagreed with the Jews. Jesus said people could worship anywhere, and that he was the Messiah. She ran off to tell her friends.

The disciples were surprised that Jesus spoke with her. Jesus said his food was God's will, and that his harvest was ready. Many of those foreigners believed.

Jesus healed an official's son from a distance.

Key verse:
23. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

My thoughts:
So the Jews worshipped at Jerusalem, and the Samaritan and Samaria, and this was strictly kept, and was a major cause of bitterness between these two people groups. The Samaritans were half-Jewish. Jesus here makes it explicit that worship can happen anywhere, and it's not a worship of rites and rituals, it's in spirit and truth. Pretty revolutionary for his time. The fact that Samaritans are included is revolutionary.

Notice how Jesus isn't afraid to challenge the woman on her lifestyle. He doesn't avoid the topic as we are so often want to do.


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