Oct25SunOctober 25, 2015
In this discourse of the Book of John chapter four, we see JESUS breaking at least two cardinal rules in order to demonstrate the love, mercy, and salvation of God the Father. First, is the rule of a rabbi speaking with a woman out in public. Second, is a Jew communicating with a Samaritan. Although the conversation starts off very simply, it immediately goes deep and begins to hit on a major divide in the land.
Women have come a long way since those days and have demonstrated their ability to accomplish great things in society as well as in the Kingdom of God. As with many great movements there are oftentimes abuses that can stem the tide and in some cases alter the intentions of what was meant originally.
However, this discourse says more and achieves more, back then as well as now, for the reader, hearer, and doer of this word. The result is a transformational shift from an institutionalized religion, prejudice of any form, as well as preferred status, to an open to all, personal and intimate relationship with God the Father through His Son, Jesus. Unlike the conversation with Nicodemus, held in the dark where no one could see them, this was at noon day, out in the open, where anyone and everyone could see.
The problems we have today with the various religions were solved during this very conversation. Many may disagree, but that doesn’t change the truth of the matter. Here you have a woman who’s been married five times and now shacking with someone else, talking to the Captain of our salvation. In the previous chapter, Jesus talks about God’s love and the target of His love – the world. There He promises salvation to everyone that believes on Him. In chapter four Jesus demonstrates this by going to someone whom the Jews hate – a Samaritan (remember, salvation is of the Jews – Jesus said it), and she’s a despised woman laden with sin. (Teaching to be continued….)
“I’m excited about the LTJ Women’s Movement and what the Father has to say as we host, “Come, See A Man” Women’s Conference this Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 10:00 am. It’s open to everyone, male and female, so invite all - your family and friends. Jesus Is The Man!”
Grace to you.
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Hebrew 2:9)”