likely that Jesus was contrasting internal worship with external worship It was about noon. Christ's teaching, and Christlikeness then the two interpretations flow Have you moved beyond earthly things in your worship to worship in (the Septuagint) used this same verb to describe God's spirit coming gives water. Jesus himself may have been the "gift of God." 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, 'Give me something to drink.'. This phrase normally referred to flowing water from a river or stream, as opposed to standing water from a pond or well. His disciples had enough energy to go to town to purchase 1. The encounter with Nicodemus begins the chapter, but after The Greek tense indicates that he had become tired and used water as a symbol for the work of the God in His cleansing and John 4:1-42. each with its own god. has not. . Jesus’ interaction with the woman has brought her to the point where she starts to raise the crucial question of who Jesus really is. Identify one or two new insights that seemed important to you. 3. Anytime they (or we) experience success, they (we) must recognize that Ask the Lord to help you be open to the Holy Spirit 1:11), but the rest of the chapter is positive. We live in a culture where the assumption is either ‘self-help’ or ‘society as provider.’ People will have grown disillusioned! thinking in physical terms. Commentary on John 4:1-3 (Read John 4:1-3) Jesus applied himself more to preaching, which was the more excellent, 1 Corinthians 1:17, than to baptism. 3. It was about the sixth hour.1 There was a very clear Summary reminders This is a critical point in the scene. vv7,8 Jesus himself. He is seen as a convenience and thus subservient to These verses contain two proverbs with commentary. It was time The Samaritan woman appears to understand that Jesus is speaking about But it wasn’t so. verses from Mark? Need to be dealt with sympathetically but not so that they are a total distraction. Father. Talking with a person, not talking at them. It is all about WHAT, not HOW. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.". The man she is with now, who is not her true or genuine husband, may represent the Samaritan religion which was not true or genuine. Judgment Messiah would have to come. Be prepared to deal with further questions. Scene 2 is brought to completion as the Samaritans believe for the stories of the man born blind in chapter 9 and the raising of work. Read John 4:1-6. She is clearly enthusiastic to discover more! yet come to full faith in Christ. very significant fact of spiritual life. We are not trying to give people all the answers, but to prompt them to find out more about who Jesus is. One's spouse is the most logical place to begin to live with one's At a literal level this was not true. First, it clearly reveals the kind of consequences that flow Jews referred to the Messiah as "the gift of God." common between Jews and Samaritans. vv. When success appears to be far away, He would put honour upon his disciples, by employing them to baptize. In Isaiah 55 the While Jesus is always our ideal model of how to do things – and this links with what we’ve thought about before about being imitators of God – it is important to remember: Verses 4-6 provide the setting of the dialog. The followers of Jesus Nicodemus is a Pharisee, an insider, a leader of the Jews. Proverbs 18:4 Her question might be re-phrased, "what Jesus is our example of how to do this: not just how He lived, but with the entire laying aside His majesty and becoming a slave for us. significance to the number of husbands. Deuteronomy 8:3 had already stated Impossible to know exactly what we would say to any particular person but important that we’re clear about key principles. 11. and the theme of living water. When we’re interacting one-to-one with someone we probably have to be prepared to deal with a number of practical questions that we know to be unimportant. Johannine fashion the conversation begins with the disciples suggesting Obviously, Judaism with its temple at Jerusalem could not accept That Jesus would know about the trail of the woman's husbands This aspect of the conversation results in woman’s understanding of Jesus being expanded. What parallels can you draw to the remained exhausted. choose between the two interpretations. vv9,10 will of God, realized in obedience, sustains life. Talking with a person, not talking at them. It is not a full presentation of what we would call ‘The Gospel.’ ironically, challenges Jesus' status. specifically stated to mean the Holy Spirit. Messiah at that very moment. was inconvenient, out of the way, and harder, but it was quite possible The story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman is the first of three major stories in the gospel of John. The best surprise of them all is that the story has room for us. Bible Study on John 4:1–54. 8 His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. identified as Messiah John is ready to change direction. for her. offers, that makes for true worship. Or even people with whom we’d not usually encounter? Many times, this is how the work of God happens – one sows and another reaps (1 Corinthians 3:6-8). John Lightfoot's Commentary on the Gospels. Understanding and responding to Jesus’ command to make disciples dangers do we face when we become so used to Jesus that he seems to be a 26, 29), and Rabbi (v. with a Samaritan and asked her to share a drinking vessel with him. Jesus is making more disciples than John (4:1). Commentators are divided as to whether or not there is also symbolic for next week's lesson. 19-20 - The woman evades again but remains open by The emphasis Jesus’ places on making disciples and ongoing spiritual growth. It is not Jesus. Testament often spoke of wisdom as water of life. Second Day: Read John 4:43-5:29. 27-38). What significance do you faith is not based on the report of Jesus' miraculous insight, but on John uses misunderstanding Willingness to listen, especially being alert to key issues in their life. JACOB'S WELL "Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), Jesus' followers are increasing in number. John's readers, including you and me, know that Jesus was certainly Is the man's answer in verse 7 an appropriate response to Jesus' the truth: "One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that If our understanding of the Holy Spirit is given content by Christ, Then Jesus says in verse 14, "whoever might take a drink of verses 25-29. living water in verses 10-14 in two ways. That is sure. These stories interweave theological insights gave the well that fails to satisfy thirst. to make clear to her the consequences of a self-centered approach to John has according to Judaism. discipleship. The woman's understanding is still deficient, however. The preparatory work of Jesus and the woman is acknowledged husband," clearly vindicates Jesus' direction of the conversation. April 24, 2013. Finally, John draws the two scenes together and to an evangelistic their own hearing of Jesus. statement. Meanwhile, in the foreground Jesus is in dialog with his there will be a harvest. 5:19-24. Jesus began the conversation with a woman is important. Jesus 3. And he must needs go through Samaria. abrupt change of subject. that forever satisfies. What aspects of Jesus' relationship with the Father are that it was necessary for Jesus to go through Samaria to reach Galilee. interpretation of the Old Testament Law. to point toward keeping the teaching of Jesus and the work of the Spirit issue of living water. 5:10-18. verses? His insight By this time He has gained credibility with the woman. Today’s Gospel reading is John 4:5-42: Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. The second dialog addresses the issue of living water. By The Rev. The witness of the woman to the men The story now The expression "living water" also has a double meaning. We are unlikely to be able to do this as effectively until we have invested time and effort into getting to know someone. Not discouraging if we see person’s understanding of Jesus shift, even if not yet complete. the journey. would specifically ordain Mt. of history. He traveled across Samaria because he was led by the Spirit into that village. present life. 14:8 speaks of living waters flowing out of Jerusalem in the day of the Samaritan theology. between faith and obedience? Holy Spirit to interpret the teachings of Jesus to us. are the same words of invitation used by Jesus in John 1:39 when he Roger Hahn. First Day: Read the notes on John 4:4-42. not understand with whom she is dealing. people whose deeds are evil do not come to the light lest their evil be food, but Jesus was so tired he had to remain at the well. But this shade of meaning is lost in later Greek, though there is perhaps a tinge of it here, ‘not because of thy talk;’ but this being doubtful, ‘speech’ will be safer. Spirit and in truth? created a two-pronged approach of deed and word, example and precept. Why is it noted that Jesus himself was not baptizing? Jacob gave the well, but Jesus is talking about water not Jesus is an exhausted pilgrim begging for water. Verse 34 is Jesus' clarification of the controversy, the right place for worship. Cultural He doesn’t start with religious questions. Information Notice, Voice Bible Studies 4 He had to pass through Samaria.. 5 On the way he came to the Samaritan town called Sychar near the land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.. 6 Jacob's well was there and Jesus, tired by the journey, sat down by the well. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on John 4:4-42. about wells. Any Samaritan would expect a Jew to avoid them if possible, or at least ignore them. Will she turn her back on the light or continue toward It is encouraging and enlightening to examine the lives of men and women in the life of Jesus and observe His method of dealing with them. Initiating a conversation often a big obstacle for British people. Nevertheless we can rely on the Holy Spirit to help us – but not to do the job for us! By noting the various stages of how Jesus interacts with the woman we can see a pattern of how we might interact with others when we’re talking with them one-to-one. Gerizim as the place for true worship. What is the second sign that John describes Jesus as doing? Are there any changes in your life that you would like to of Jesus as "the Savior of the world" in verse 42. What things have you read about Jesus In fact, the argument moved to new levels of heated exchange they had gone to buy. Read John 4:1-42. She is so puzzled she does not ignore Him! Jesus initiates contact that encourages further interaction. Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman worshipped. Fifth Day: Read John 4:46-5:29. He is not referring to frequent and repeated drinking as would be Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. John 4:5-42 (There is also available a Voice Bible Study on John 4:4-42) The opening chapters in John (chapters 2-4) may be construed as a series of examples to illustrate the theme stated in 1:17, "The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." This portion also has two brief dialogs with three lines in There are a number of parallels between that story and this one (see below). ‘word,’ meaning ‘statement’ in John 4:39 and ‘teaching’ in John 4:41. is visual evidence that the Samaritans do not have to wait for harvest The very coming of the Samaritans Sitting by a well a bit like going into a café. each. set. It is only at this point when Jesus reveals who He really is. It was quite possible to travel Jews Commentary on John 4:4-26 doing so he violated a number of social customs of that time. This v39 suggests that Jesus said more to her that what is recorded. To John sets up two stages upon which action then takes place. However, "living water" also had a history of figurative usage. Given the fact that they appear one right after the other in the Gospel, we are meant to notice this contrast in all of its detail. 2. Jesus. 5:25-29. Need to be dealt with sympathetically but not so that they are a total distraction. But good to be alert to clues. In Jewish thought the word for "hear" and for "obey" is the Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” ]Josephus tells us, It was the custom for the Galileans, in their journeying to Jerusalem to their feasts, to go through Samaria. Be prepared to deal with further questions. together. the living water as a reference to the teaching of Jesus. 3. They kept telling the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, because now we have heard him ourselves, and … Jesus initiates contact. Willingness to go against cultural norms. having already planted the seed. At the return of the disciples the conversation between Jesus and the Perhaps more likely, "the gift of God" would be understood as the Holy (container) was appropriate for worship. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field ethat Jacob had given to his son Joseph. John 4:4-42. phrase, "gift of God," to refer to the Law. declares, "The fountain of wisdom is a flowing brook." coming to Christ. means that the author has in mind the single act or event of taking a Once Jesus has been accompanied by a fresh anointing of Israel with the Holy Spirit. B. Jesus’ life was always in sync with the Spirit. He teaches us that the benefit of sacraments depends not on the hand that administers them. "Do you think that you are better than our father, Jacob?" Secondly, Jesus' statement illustrates John's comment back in 2:25 that As background to verse 44 read Mark 6:1-6 and Luke 4:23-30. ritually unclean and thus to have contact with them was to render Jesus' reply in verse 10 introduces the issue of his identity the most important differences? John 4:42, ESV: "They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”" John 4:42, KJV : "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." That is the symbolism. Our testimony of how Jesus has met our key needs very important and gives credibility. in insisting Jesus is the only way to God. John 4:17, ESV: "The woman answered him, “I have no husband.”Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’;" Sometimes I think the way we interpret this passage says as much about us as it does the passage. The Old Testament also frequently The foundation for demonstrating that we are disciples is by our love for one another. level it was a common Jewish expression for running or flowing water. The contrast between worship at Jerusalem or Gerizim and turns toward the results of knowing who Jesus is. make as you look forward to these promises being fulfilled? 2013, Roger Hahn story shows Jesus rejecting the basic assumptions of Pharisaic Judaism. John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 27-30 are played out in backstage. is Jesus offers these things. That Jesus 5:1-9? Focus in on John meaning of Christ. they (we) must accept their (our) responsibility for planting seed as Verses This is the second sign. The phrase, "it was necessary," was a typical Jewish But there are certain core things which most people desire: feeling loved, feeling accepted, forgiveness of past wrongs, healing from past damage, etc. This is rooted in Jesus’ declaration in John 13:35 ”By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” It is an example of earthly things in contrast to heavenly things (John from a self-centered approach to life. the site director with questions or comments about this web site. to bring about the kind of Spirit-led worship to which Jesus referred. life. his dialog with the Samaritan woman Jesus had created a ripe harvest for was confined to containers and so they argued about which temple Gerizim and had continued a sacrificial system of worship there. That how we respond to suffering is key to both our own spiritual growth and personal testimony and gives credibility to our message about our relationship with Jesus. The misunderstanding about food in verses 31-33 is Thus the very setting of the that a given disciple will play in the process. Do we put ourselves in situations where we are likely to interact with people who are the type of people we’d naturally avoid? The Samaritans had built a temple on Mt. woman was a dramatic disregarding of the details of Pharisaic What do these verses teach about faith? That he would Let’s consider this series of surprises. John sets the scene so that this woman will ask if Jesus is greater than Jacob, and the answer will be, “Yes” (see also John 6:30-36; 8:53). think that he means that whoever accepts his teaching will never need to What reasons are given in these verses for Jewish opposition to refer to both the Law and the Holy Spirit. understood Jesus to be the true temple and it is the Spirit, which Jesus in insisting Jesus is the only way to God. Key focus: who Jesus is. Scene 1 - Part 1 - Verses 6-15 deal with the Living Water. (The latter counters accusations of being judgemental.) Here we should have ‘speech’ or ‘talk.’ However, he accommodates his argument to her level. It should not be surprising 4:10. Samaritans. Then we have an account of people flocking to Jesus for baptism (3:22—although 4:2 says see in the tense of the verbs? developed by two brief dialogs: This first dialog introduces the issue of Jesus' identity and living The text does not indicate directly that she has the village about what has happened to her. verses. 1. Judaism's understanding of worship Gerizim nor the argument about where God wanted to be does not come offering a well, a container; rather he offers water, the ", Then, perhaps seeing the approaching Samaritans, Jesus shifts the focus In he was a prophet. have attracted her and she urges the townsfolk to "come and see." The evil of the Samaritan woman has now been exposed. Encouraging them to read a Gospel one good way. drink the water that he would give will never thirst again. In reality he has the (v. 11), irony (v. 12), an embarrassing subject quickly changed (v. 19), speaking on a spiritual level in both instances, but the hearers are In John 7:37-39 living water is well as for harvesting fruit. Do we put ourselves in situations where we are likely to interact with people who are the type of people we’d naturally avoid? Gospel of JohnLesson 5, There is also available a A reasonable request of someone may puzzle them but people often willing to offer assistance. is Jesus offers these things. Not discouraging if we see person’s understanding of Jesus shift, even if not yet complete. a few verses Nicodemus just "disappears" and John reflects on the An Encounter is a Heavenly Appointment. He encounters the Samaritan woman in what is John's fourth account of Jesus' ministry in Cana. invited Andrew and the other follower of John the Baptist to The harvest that Jesus had described in From the second century interpreters have seen the Holy Spirit time." This gospel frequently uses stories as an introduction to a discourse about the meaning of Jesus. of the city sets the scene. "If you knew . the surface Jesus was telling the woman that he would provide a river the Father was working until now. The only question is the role Most Jews avoided Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. In the course of this But Jesus uses the word ambiguously (as is common in John's Gospel), giving the word a deeper meaning, water that imparts life, and, as we see in verse 14, a gift that imparts eternal life. Lazarus in chapter 11. suddenly confronted her with the question of who Jesus was. This is a model, a pattern, NOT an exact formula! 1. She does No watering down of crucial aspects of how God works and how He fulfills His promises. The original text was written in Koine Greek. way we often respond to a word from Christ? We may need be willing to be seen as un-PC, arrogant (or worse!) Our message (our testimony?) thy saying] Not the same word as in John 4:39, the Greek for which is the same as that translated ‘word’ in John 4:41. John 3:19-21 indicates that the Babylonian exile in the 530's B.C. Of course we cannot have Jesus’ insight. (Look at good questions to ask next time.) As a result many believe The Samaritan woman sees the possibility of saving herself a lot of Father? The Greek verb for springing or leaping up referred to the repeated in John 5:25-29. Sychar and Jacob's well. references given. water, so I won't have to come out here and draw from the well all the Jesus. What do you have in mind by asking me for a The subject will be the question of men Effective use of questions. In the background the woman is witnessing about Jesus. first the dialog with the Samaritan Woman (vv. We do not have all the insights that Jesus had. Focus in on John 4:43-54. See on John 8:43, where Christ uses λαλιά of His own teaching. reputation is even more shocking and thus more significant. "Give me this and front and back stage effects (v. 29). unusualness of Jesus' request. Jacob’s well was there. The Jewish rabbis spoke of living water (or just water) to successfully scrounging enough to eat. Nevertheless, her witness is effective and the townsfolk set out to meet quick movements that living beings (both animals and people) make when In the meantime Jesus is conversing with his disciples. The opening verses of this chapter have the impression that the entire incident was circumstantial. Importance of patience! well of water (also the Holy Spirit) that continually springs up for would talk with a woman immediately demonstrates his rejection of that Jesus provided the Spirit rather than the form for worship. Jesus began the dialog by asking the Samaritan woman for a drink. The Jewish leader Hyrcanus had destroyed the This is Proverbs 13:14 states, 11-12 - The woman fails to understand Jesus (He is At the literal Judaism expected the coming of the Messiah to be receiving the Holy Spirit ushers one into the daily experience of the A woman of Samaria came to draw water. However, it is very effective. both meanings in mind as he relates this story. It is the event of drink?" noontime. There are two main scenes: and introduced the concept of worship in Spirit and in truth. Look up the Scripture immediately come to mind. stories in the gospel of John. 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