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The Woman of Samaria: Part II
Jesus interviews the Samaritan woman and confronts
overcoming racial and religious prejudice.
He overcomes these to show her how to believe.
C. The Hang-up of Racial Prejudices
1. Samaritans and Jews
She said, "How is it that you being a Jew ask a drink of water of me? I'm a
Samaritan. Cause I know you Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans." And that
translation in the King James is not quite complete and clear enough. She was really
saying, "You won't eve n use the utensils that the Samaritans put their hands on."
2. Modern Racial Prejudices
Reminds me a little bit of where I grew up as a boy in Mississippi. In every filling
station there were two fountains of water. One was clearly marked and a white person
didn't dare drink at that one. You might be contaminated. You know it took the Church of
God even a long time to get enough religion to purge out some of this same kind of racial
prejudice. I don't know if some people have ever been really run through the sanctifying
washing machine enough to get it all out even yet.
3. Jesus Offers More Than an Ethnic Argument
Jesus just beautifully and wonderfully sidestepped the whole racial debate. He
didn't get bogged down in an argument there. Instead He offered her something – the
water of life. Oh, that's one hang-up that Pentecostals have who try to witness – to turn
off on tangents. That's what the devil wants. He'd love to get you to argue instead of
offering somebody what you have in the name of Jesus. It's a trick to get you side
When we have so much to offer, we have to get side tracked on some kind of
question that will just simply do damage to both people involved. So He sidestepped that
question by offering her water. He said, "If you knew who it was you wouldn't be worried
about a racial question now. You wouldn't be worried about whether I'm a Jew and you're
Samaritan. You would ask of me and I would give you water of life so that you would
never have to draw again."
Well, she starts to needle Him in a different direction. She says, "Where in the
world are you going get water like that and how can you get it? The well is deep." She's
talking about that shaft of that dug well that reaches finally down to a spring where a
spring feeds the well.
4. Jesus Offers Water Of Life from a Springing Well
But Jesus is saying, "If you drink this water that Jacob dug, this well, you will
thirst again. But if you drink the water I give you will never thirst because this water will
be in you a spring." In the Greek text the words are different. The one for well means a
dug shaft well. The one that Jesus used when He said it will be a well of water springing
up – that's the word for spring.
Some of the most beautiful places I know of in the United States are places that
are fed with beautiful live springs. I love to go there and just sit. I remember one place
where we used to live way out in the country. You went way out on a dirt road. After you
got to our house, you knew if a car came toward that house he wasn't going any further
because we were about the end of the line. You could still walk on though and turn off
that road into a lane. You would go out through a pine grove and out there was old man
H. Y. Walker's place. That's one of the most beautiful spots I've ever seen, because of an
overflowing well that's just springing up all the time. Water just comes gushing out of the
ground, and you hear it before you get there.
Oh, listen friends I want to tell you now that Jesus is saying when you drink of
living water you have a spring. It is a spring that starts springing into everlasting life. It's
not just up one day and then it stops tomorrow. Oh, it creates something within you that's
in touch with divine life. It's in touch with divine power. It's in touch with the world to
come. It never stops. It never runs dry. It is a spring.
Any person can drink from that that spring. It doesn't matter about race or color.
Jesus "goes through Samaria" in order to give to the Samaritans. Jesus goes through
China in order to give to the Chinese. Jesus goes through Russia in order to give to the
Russians. Jesus goes through Africa in order to give to the Africans. Jesus goes through
Latin America in order to give to the Latin Americans. Jesus goes through your house in
order to give to you.
D. The Hang-up of Cultural Traditions
And she says, "Oh, well, give me that water. Give me that water so I don't have to
come out here in the heat of day and draw." He says, "All right. But what about the
responsibility of your family? Wouldn't you like to share this with your husband. Go call
him." That sort of got her. She says, "I don't have a husband." He said, "Yes, that's true.
But you have had five and the man you're living with now is not your husband."
What John is really doing is not only telling the story of that woman, but
describing the city of Samaria who has been married to more than five pagan religions all
mixed up. So the woman says, "Sir, I believe you must be a prophet."
1. It's Neither Samaritan Worship Nor Jewish Worship
No sooner did she get those words out of her mouth than she did a fancy little side
step and gouged Him again and came back to turn the conversation. She said, "You
know, you all say that over in Jerusalem is the place to worship. Our fathers dug this well
and they tell us that over in Mt. Gerizim is the place to worship." So she wants to
immediately get Him off her case and plunge Him into another argument and debate over
where's the best place to worship – over on that mountain or this mountain.
I used to live with a man who belonged to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints. He belonged to that church. He said that Zion encompasses
Independence, Missouri and they've got a temple up there in Independence. He said,
"That's not the real one out in Salt Lake City. That's not it. It's Zion up here around
Independence, Missouri. And the Lord is coming to reign on earth and that's going to be
His headquarters. People still argue about where is the best place to worship.
2. Worship Is in Spirit and in Truth
She wanted to just get Him in a good fuss about where you are suppose to
worship. Jesus shifted it again. Oh, look at Him working through this hang-up she had.
He said, "Now listen! That mountain or this mountain – this place or that place – is not
what really counts. But the hour comes and it now is that people who worship God
worship Him in Spirit and in Truth." Hallelujah!
That just simply means you worship Him according to the Word and you worship
in the power of the Spirit. If we don't have anything else in worship, let's have the Truth
and let's have the Spirit. God, give us the Word and give us the Holy Spirit or our
worship is dead, formal and meaningless.
She wanted to hold on to traditions instead of turning loose and embracing the
future with Jesus Christ. And some people are still hung up there and can't have faith and
can't have power because they're hanging on to traditions instead of turning loose and
embracing Jesus Christ and all that He offers through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I have to be careful right there or I'll start to meddle and sort of get into a briar
patch and get all tore up. Because some how I feel like these days that every thing that
would side track us or hold us back that some way we need to shake our selves free from
it and get into the full stream of the flowing Pentecostal power and grace and let the Lord
move upon us in these days just like He wants to.
3. The Spirit Brings The Excitement of Truth
The woman got so excited then. Every time she had tried to start an argument she
was brought to enlightenment. I'm saying to you now that you may have struggled, you
may have needed help, you may have doubted, you may have gone through all kinds of
Jesus understands doubts. He understands struggles. He understands your hangups.
He understands your arguments. He can put them aside. I can't reason with you, but
the Word of God can search you out. I can't reason and convince you, but the Holy Spirit
can minister to your life and free you from doubts and worries and hang-ups that keep
you from God. Hallelujah!
4. The Spirit Brings the Beauty of New Life
She forgot all about why she had come to the well. She left her precious water pot
and somehow I think she left with it all her arguments and all her traditions and all of the
barriers that she'd built up in her own heart and mind against Jesus. I think for the first
time in her life she was breathing fresh air and saying in her own heart, "Here's a man
who doesn't seem to care what I've been but he points to me and he tells me about a
future that looks good and bright. Here's a man that has come to me where I was and
showed me there is something rich and beautiful. It's on the threshold of my life."
5. The Spirit Brings Evangelism
She forgot about her water pot and went running into town
Thrilled, excited, she may not be on the top level of faith yet, but she's on the way and
she's thrilled and excited. She starts saying, "Come, see this man. Come see this man that
told me about my life. Couldn't this be the Christ? Isn't this the Messiah? Isn't this the one
that even we look for. Come see Him."
Any other time that town wouldn't have paid any attention to that woman. But
there was something about her today, her look, the sound of her voice, excitement, there's
something about her today that sparks enough interest that the whole town turns out.
They see Him. They hear Him. Two days He stays in Samaria. And they say, "Oh, not
only is this the Christ." They're convinced about that. "But also He is the Savior of the
world. And that means us too. Universal Savior."
What this message really says today is that the Lord understands all your hangups
and barriers in your life that has been built up between you and Him. For every
argument and excuse you want to put up to Him, He can sweep it away with His Word
and His Spirit. He can take you from right where you are now and show you a future that
is filled with beauty and glory and freedom, deliverance, grace and bring excitement and
new life into your being like you have never known before.
Jesus interviews the Samaritan woman and confronts overcoming racial and religious prejudice. He overcomes these to show her how to believe.
Denomination: Church of God
Thompson's Chain Reference: 4083 (Prejudice - Racial)
Author(s): F.J. May, D.Min.
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