John chapter 4
worshippers worship the Father.
They worship Him in "spirit" and "truth".
is truth? It is the "Word of God".
Yes, Words from Jesus, who is the "Word of God".
All the Words in that little black book, over there, on the coffee table.
They are all His, whether they are Words He said while here on earth "in the flesh", or Words He gave the prophets, from heaven, while "in the spirit" before coming to earth, or Words He gave to the apostles after his return to heaven.
In John 1:1 He had John write "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God".
In Mark 13:23 Mark wrote that Jesus said, "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things".
In 2 Timothy 2:15 He told Paul to write "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth".
We are going to read a little different version of how the greatest teacher of all time, Jesus Christ, turns water into wine, so to speak. Let's just say He will use that which is natural, thirst for water from a well, to quench one's spiritual thirst for the Living Water of truth, which pure wine is symbolic of. And once she gets a taste of it, she'll be off and running!
Or perhaps we will simply use the analogy of the "sower" since we will have the Seed of Truth Himself doing the planting. Either way, to me it's a miracle!
We continue now with the attempt of the Pharisees to try to instigate controversy within the body of Christ.
Jesus was aware of Satan's attempt to stir up controversy between John the Baptist and Jesus and His disciples. So did He stay and make personal appearances on PNN (Pharisee News Network)? We'll find out in verse 3.John 4:1
When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
Jesus did not Himself baptize with water because He came to baptize with the Holy Spirit as we already read in John 1:33 ".... Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)
Meanwhile the Pharisees couldn't find enough participants to get their evil controversy going. Jesus had another appointment. He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.
He needed to go through Samaria and meet the woman at the well so that their discourse might be recorded in the Word of God for us! And he must needs go through Samaria.
Samaria, which means "watch mountain", is located 6 miles N.W. of Shechem. Sychar means "falsehood". So Christ "must needs", i.e. by Divine will, go through "watch mountain" to the city of "falsehoods" or idolatry. You see, following the captivity and dispersion of the Tribes of Israel, Samaria was repopulated with various ethnic groups and thus many "religions" were brought in and many false gods were worshipped. That makes "falsehood" an appropriate name for the town, doesn't it? Here's the historical documentation from the book of II Kings: 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.
Read the entire account in 2 Kings 17 of this influx of people into the land once possessed by the tribes of Israel, and how that because of their idolatry God sent wild beasts and lions among them to chew on a few on them. Nevertheless, they still served their own gods.2 Kings 17:24
And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.
We return to John chapter 4.2 Kings 17:33
They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.
Notice that Jesus sat comfortably upon the stone of the well, or shall we say, the seat of the Patriarchs. The time of day was noon.John 4:6"Jacob's well is located at the mouth of the valley Shechem. It is 9 feet in diameter, circular, cut through limestone rock and nearly 100 feet deep. It sometimes has water in it but is often quite dry." (Smith's Bible Dictionary)
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.
Jesus didn't have a rope or a bucket to draw from the well, and the disciples had gone in town to the grocery store, so He said to the woman, "Give me to drink". Just His speaking to this woman was an unusual event in itself, as we will discover in the next verse, and Jesus knew this would have an impact on her mind. So He is preparing the ground, the field of her mind, to make ready to do some sowing. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
It would be obvious to the woman that Christ was a Judean because of His dress and His dialect. And everyone knew that the Jews didn't associate with the Samarians. And it was certainly against the law of the Talmud for a Rabbi or teacher to speak publicly to a woman, especially a Samarian. Well, that's religion for you! 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.
Imagine being there and the Gift of God, which we read of in John 3:16, was sitting right before you, the only Begotten Son! 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.
Anyway, now that He has her undivided attention, the Teacher of teachers plants a "seed" of truth fertilized with curiosity in the woman's mind.
Note: Curiosity is a great opener to seed planting. Many times I have said to a person "By the way, remind me sometime and I'll tell you what really happened in the garden of Eden". Always wait for them to then ask of you, otherwise you might drown the seed with your "excessive watering" of enthusiasm. If you don't know what really happened in the garden of Eden log unto pamphlet #7017
Obviously the "seed" has not "broken ground" yet, but it is beginning to germinate as she recognizes that Jesus is claiming some great ability.John 4:6
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?
She was thinking "Who do you think you are?" Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
He probably smiled at her with His gleaming eyes and said as He motioned to the well "Anyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again after awhile, but I've got some water that will turn into a spring within and last forever." Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
Jesus is trying to say to the woman that instead of a person's flesh body being a vessel which holds natural water (H20) the person himself would become a gushing spring from which flows the Living Water. 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.
"Really? OK", she said, "I'll take some of that water and then I'll never have to come back here to this well again." She still didn't quite "get it"! The woman saith unto Him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
Now Jesus is going to lead her to the next level of discovery for herself that He is more than just a man at the well. He is that Well, the Living Water.
"Uh oh! The woman is about to have her intimate lifestyle laid bare, so to speak, by this wonderful stranger. Of course Christ will use this revealing (knowledge of her sins) to sow to her mind that she might believe He is in fact the Messiah. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
"At least you are honest about it." The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
"GULP!" For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
Thinking to herself, "How in the world did he know that?", the woman then says, "You must be a prophet [of God]!" (The 1 800 Psychic Hotline was not up and running in those days.)
Now notice that Jesus did not condemn her at this point, did not tell her she was going to go to hell, etc. He just let her know that He knew everything there was to know about her. Do you think you have something He doesn't know about? LOL (That's the computer e-mail abbreviation for "Lots of Laughs" or "Laughing Out Loud".) The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
So now having been confronted with her sins, does she humbly confess "Yes, what a wicked life I am leading". Naw, she tries to change the subject. (I can certainly relate to that! "But for the Grace of God, there go I", or in secular terminology, "Been there, done that!") So she replies:
"Sir, I perceive you are a prophet, so perhaps you could resolve this theological question as to who is correct, the Samarians or the Jews, as to the true place of worship?" (She's saying to herself, "Hopefully this will throw Him off track, 'cause let's not go back to the 5 husband thing.")
He knows what her thoughts are, but He also knows full well she is listening intently to His reply. You see, her focus is still on Jesus, i.e. "Who is this before me, who knows me?", not on her sins. So let's not ruin with moment with self!John 4:20
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Salvation is about to be opened up to everyone, everywhere, and they will all be able to worship the Father anytime, anywhere. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Refer back to 2 Kings 17:24-34. Remember the Samaritans worshipped many "who knows what gods", but salvation is of Israel. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Look what Jesus just revealed. True worshippers worship the Father. (Of course!) And they worship Him in "spirit" and "truth". What is truth? It is the Word of God. (Of course!) Yes, Jesus and that little black book, over there, on the coffee table.John 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.
And how is it that one can worship the Father anytime, anywhere? The answer is in the next verse.
God is not composed of flesh and He is not limited to a geographical location such as temple or a church building. He is a Spirit being. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
The woman is now shaking her head in wonderment saying, "Wow, I know that when the Messiah comes He'll be able to explain things so simply to us just like you are doing...", while she's still thinking "and he knows all there is to know about me... could it be...?" The timing is now PERFECT, and so: The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will tell us all things.
Bingo! Paydirt! Oil Struck! Seed Grown!John 4:26
Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He.
Next we"ll see that the woman gets so excited that she leaves her waterpot right there at the well and goes into the city telling everyone about her new found truth!
Been there, done that too!
The truth, the Word of God, is truly that exciting, indeed!
Do you understand sowing and reaping? It was a lesson the disciples of Jesus had to learn from the Master Teacher, the Word of God. Maybe we can all learn something ourselves. After all, are we not His disciples too?
Let's continue our study: Jesus, who just revealed Himself as Messiah to the woman at the well, right after "reading her mail" and unraveling a controversial theology question, sees the disciples coming back from town.
Remember that we noted earlier that it was against the religion of the Jews, i.e. the writings of the Talmud (which is not scripture), for a Rabbi to even speak to a woman, much less a Samarian woman.John 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 disciples were well aware of this Talmudic law and when they got back from town and saw Jesus talking to the woman from Samaria, they probably looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders wondering what's going on. But at least they had the good common sense not to question Jesus about it!
Looks like Jesus filled her spiritual waterpot with some of that Living Water He was telling her about. After all, she did ask Him for some, remember? So now she's gone forth gushing from within. And she's so excited she forgot what she came to the well for in the first place and now she has left her waterpot behind. The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
So into town she goes and sees some men (It doesn't say if any of her 5 x's were there, but wouldn't that have been a hoot? ) and they [the men] intuitively recognized her excitement. (Men are real keen that way when they see a woman's hands speaking faster than her lips.)
Here we see that plow of curiosity at work again in the field. Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
Don't overlook that they came out of the city, the city of "Falsehoods", i.e. Sychar. See why the meaning of names is important? If you've studied the Book of Revelation then this verse should remind you of the voice from heaven saying "Come out her [Babylon], my people. Then they went out of the city, and came unto Him.
The word "Babylon" means "confusion" as in "religious confusion", just like the "falsehoods" of Sychar.Rev. 18:4
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
And here's what the Lord says He'll do if you'll come out of religion and seek Him:
He'll receive you! And so they did come out of the city, and Jesus did receive them, and we will see that He stayed with them for two days.2 Cor. 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Meanwhile, as the Sycharites are on their way, the Teacher of teachers is about to enroll the disciples in "Seed Planting 101", and teach them their first lesson!
They must have figured Jesus was hungry, because FOOD seems to be all that's on their mind these days. In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
I have nourishment of which you have no knowledge. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
So the disciples looked inquisitively at each other and said "Did anyone bring Him anything?" Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
Note: It takes awhile for some people to be able to read or hear the Word of God and understand that there is a deeper meaning to what is being said.The disciples would go through this experience many times until they are given "eyes to see" and "ears to hear". Whenever Jesus spoke there was always a deeper meaning.
Have you ever read the example in Matthew and Mark when the subject of food, this time bread, came up again?
Here's Christ speaking to the disciples:
All they could think about is the physical, the flesh. And it's not any different today among Christians who do not have eyes to see and ears to hear.Mark 8:15
And He charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.
When Jesus says in Mark 13 and Matthew 24 that there will famine in the time of the end, just before his return, all that most Christians today can think about is the physical, the flesh! They are looking for a FOOD SHORTAGE! They just don't get it! Here it is: Amos 8:11 "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: "
Let's continue in Mark:
"Don't you guys get it yet? Come on, elevate your thinking to the spiritual level." They were blinded just as most of Christianity is today. The spirit of slumber recorded in Romans 11 indeed covers the eyes of Christians today.Mark 8:17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?
Not only didn't they get it after seeing Him feed the 5,000, but they also forgot the lesson and the example at Jacob's Well. Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
"So how is it you guys think there's a food shortage?" So how is it Christians think there is going to be a "food shortage" before Christ returns? When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.
 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.
 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
Let's return to John where the subject is eating.
If you are a Christian and you partake of the meat of His Word then guess what? You have a job to do. The work ISN'T FINISHED! Christ finished His, but we must finish ours! John the Baptist finished his, but we must finish ours! So let's finish it!John 4:34
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Now if you are smiling to yourself and saying, "I get it about the famine of the end time", then understand the following: 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.
Verses 34-38 are instructions from Jesus Christ to His disciples! Hello? Are you one of His disciples? Then this is for you!
Take a look around you! The work of Rev. 7, the sealing even of the 144,000 is not finished .So what are you waiting for, the END of summer? There is planting and harvesting to be done NOW!
Read this account again. Remember the disciples were busy going to town grocery shopping and when they came back they spent time trying to get Jesus to eat, BUT Jesus had work to do, His Father's work! And while they were busy with the flesh, Jesus had already converted Nicodemus and the woman at the well. Jesus had both sown the seed and reaped an early harvest! Are you busy with the flesh?
And if you'll take the time to read the Parable of the Tares in the 13th chapter of Matthew you will discover in Christ's simple explanation there that the FIELD is the WORLD. So there are fields abroad and home and everywhere we turn that can be planted and harvested RIGHT NOW! #7007 "The Parable of theTares"
There are many gifts. Some are given the gift of seed planting, evangelizing, and some are given the gift of teaching, etc. The work (WHICH ISN'T FINISHED) requires the whole body, and the rewards, the paychecks at the end, are the same for each member of the body. Such is explained in the parable of the workers in the vineyard in Matthew 20. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
And that is so true! And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
Jesus has different jobs for each of us and it is HE that sends us, "I sent you...to do some reaping...", He just said. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
to use the baseball game example. The team has been out there sweating
and laboring long and hard and He brings you in with two outs in the bottom
of the 11th inning (we're in extra innings, call it overtime, as the 4
Winds (Rev. 7) are being held back so we can finish the "sealing" job)
to Pinch Hit, and you get a double which scores the winning run. We all
celebrate and rejoice together and split the Eternal Bonus Check!!!
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By the way, you're up!
Do you realize this woman was a sinner? She had 5 husbands and was living with another and yet Christ used her to bring others to Him. I guess if sinners couldn't help bring others to Christ, there would be no work done at all, would there? 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.
The woman did her part! And she shall receive her reward! Was it she who stayed and taught those who came out of the city for two days? No, but it was she who brought them to the Teacher, to the WORD of GOD. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
It is not written what Christ said during these two days with the Sycharites. But whatever it was came from the Word of God, didn't it? And it caused them to believe! And many more believed because of his own word;
They didn't take her word for it, even though she was RIGHT! She brought them out of the field [the world] to the Word of God and they checked out the Word of God "for themselves" and found out "for themselves" that He indeed was the Savior of the World [the field]. 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.
Do you understand sowing and reaping?
I know you want to go grocery shopping but your field is waiting?
John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, continues throughout his Gospel to document that Jesus is indeed God, even the very Word of God.
Next we are going to see the "return of Jesus" to Cana of Galilee, to same locale where the 1st miracle took place.
Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.
We could talk about the locals in Jesus' home town of Nazareth, but since this is speaking of the Son of God let's keep it in the perspective of John 1:11. For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.
It's going to take more than one advent.John 1:11
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Meanwhile, Jesus knows the Galileans will receive Him, so He goes there!
The feast mentioned here is the wedding feast where the wine miracle occurred.John 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.
This Nobleman was a ranking Royal Officer in Herod Antipas' guard. His son was sick at Capernaum which means "village of comfort or consolation". 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.
 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.
Jesus was once again speaking about a subject other than that which is physical. He's addressing this Nobleman's faith and belief and says, "I suppose you will never believe unless you see signs and wonders!" (Phillips) Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
But the Nobleman isn't concerned with seeing signs and wonders and says, "Sir, [I'm not interested in seeing signs and wonders] just go down and heal my sick child!" Oh, the love of a father for his son. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
Now this is huge! This Nobleman believed in the WORD of GOD, Jesus Christ, without requiring evidence of a sign or a wonder. That's what faith IS! 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.
But something is about to happen as a result of this one man's faith. The evidence of his faith is about to materialize as he is "going down the homestretch"!Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
And his thoughts immediately flow back to the Word of God, as he now puts two and two together; the occurrence of the event with the Word of God.John 4:51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
Bingo! It happened at EXACTLY at the precise moment Christ spoke those words, "...Thy son lives". 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.
Note: ALL the events spoken [written] of by the Word of God will also happen EXACTLY as they are written. Always have, always will!
And now look what happened because of this one man's faith. HIS WHOLE HOUSE BELIEVED! This Nobleman's faith had an impact on those around him, didn't it? Wouldn't you agree that there was more "spiritual" healing that occurred than "physical" healing? 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.
Now, we could easily draw the analogy of turning water into wine [conversion] again here, but there is an even deeper meaning to this miracle for a couple of reasons, (1.) because it called the "second miracle" and (2.) because it occurred at precisely the "7th" hour. Both are very significant.
Remember what we repeatedly say in these Bible Studies; "There are no wasted verses or filler words in God's Word." The reason we are told that this was Jesus' second miracle is so that we see they are tied to together in sequence, i.e. a 1st one and a 2nd one. This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.
consider some things:
Jesus' 1st Miracle was to turn water into wine which symbolic of His blood.
Jesus' 1st Advent would be the shedding of His blood.
Then, following that 1st miracle Jesus went out to sow and reap a "harvest" in the field, instructing His disciples to sow and reap the field [world] NOW and not to wait until harvest time, which is what? The Millennium, the 7th Day, when Christ would return at His 2nd advent.
And how long did He tarry? 2 Days, which is how long it would be from the time of His 1st Advent unto His 2nd Advent, i.e. His return. (Remember 2 Peter 3:8 "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.") So 2 Days is 2 Thousand years He tarries! Hmm, almost time for Him to return, isn't it?
Then, following the tarrying, He returned!
Jesus' 2nd Miracle then was to bring back alive the nearly dead at the 7th hour.
Jesus' 2nd advent will be to bring back alive the nearly dead [still mortal souls] at the 7th dispensation, the Millennium.
Speaking of signs and wonders, when you read the Word of God with eyes to see and ears to hear, you have to ask yourself:
WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE?
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