Pastor John’s Bible Stories For Grown-ups
09/20/16 – 575 – Jesus & the Woman at the Well
Once again I find I owe you all an apology for missing the last couple of days. I have no excuses that I can share here, other than to say that life just got kind of overwhelming again, to the point where when I woke early to write as I normally do, I was simply too tired to stay awake or finish a thought, let alone an entire article. But God is working, so I’m giving it my best. I would appreciate your prayers, though. Anyway…
Have you ever thought about which Bible stories are your favorites? Do you prefer stories from the Old Testament or the New? Stories about Jesus or the old ‘heroes of the faith’ like Abraham and Moses? Mysteries or love stories? Do you like stories of Jesus’ miracles more, or maybe prophesies?
I find I like the ones that hold the surprises, especially where Jesus is concerned. And He had plenty. But my absolute favorites are the ones that had the Jews standing on their heads – so to speak. Why? Because we Christians can be so much like them. We so often get to thinking that we’re the only ones going to heaven – that we Nazarenes (or Baptists or Catholics or Lutherans or whatever) have found the ‘secret’, and we’re the only ones that are going to get in.
But then along came Jesus, doing unheard-of things. Crazy stuff, like talking to a Samaritan woman at a well, and telling her she could actually be saved. Then preaching the same thing to a crowd of her friends! He’d do other wild stuff too, like sending His disciples to preach and minister to the gentiles while at the same time telling some of the Jews that they were NOT going to be saved. This was not what He was supposed to say! What was He thinkin’?
The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) NIV
Samaritans were a mixed bag. They were the progeny those Jewish men who had disobeyed God and married outsiders. Because they were considered to be ‘children of sin’, most self-respecting Jews would have nothing to do with them.
But like I said, Jesus was different. He simply didn’t go along with the crowd – unless they were right, And that wasn’t very often. Let’s pray today for that same softened spirit of discernment, wisdom and love when it comes to our dealings with other people – people who are not like us.