Church of God
A place for all people who are seeking newness of life and want to connect with people who love and worship Jesus. A church with a vision for our neighbors and families in our community. FBCOG has a 50 year history in Farmers Branch. We invite you to join us and experience an atomosphere of genuine friendship and whole hearted worship.
To purposely pursue the lost with the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ.
To passionatley pray for God's divine leading and wisdom in the care of His redeemed sons and daughters.
To praise Him and give Him all the glory for the blessing of redemption.
The Story within the Story
John 4 is the story of a rejected people, a rejected and lost woman, a plan of redemption, and a a savior.
· This is a graphic real-life illustration of extreme prejudice and hatred.
· The acceptance of rejection and an attempt to hold on to value and self-worth.
· The personal struggles of a specific woman which illustrates the very need and purpose of a Savior for all of mankind.
· The need for personal relationship with the one who died for us.
A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah
4 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John
2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),
3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.
4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
The new King James, English Standard, New International version bibles use the word needed in verse 4 to explain way Jesus went through Samaria rather than another route to Galilee as most Jews would do. The old King James version and the American standard bible use the word must or in Greek (dei). Vines Greek dictionary defines (dei) “of necessity as to what is required that something may be brought about”
The idea that is being communicated is that this must happen so that the next phase can take place. This same word (dei) is used in the following verses which illustrate its meaning in vivid color.
Matthew 24:6 (NKJV)
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
John 3:14 (NKJV)
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
So, the Lord has a divine appointment to go to Samaria and meet this lady who is has been tagged and rejected by the religious, cultural and social status quo of her day. Through this woman the stage of redemption will be set for an entire region to find Christ.
Throughout this testimony of real life we will be looking for:
· Religious rejection:
· Cultural rejection:
· Social rejection:
5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
The cultural and religious rejection for the Samaritans from the Jews is so closely intertwined that though they are identifiable they are inseparable.
Let’s take a moment to explore the origins of the hatred between the Jews and the Samaritans.
The city of Sychar was ancient Shechem and was the capital city of the Samaritans.
When God decided to separate the children of Israel the (Jewish people) for His example to the nations through which he would demonstrate His love, favor, and protection He would also demonstrate
that He is a jealous God. Exodus 34:14
Genesis 12:6-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.
7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.
Later the grandson of (Abraham) Jacob would dig the well known as Jacobs well he would also build an altar to the Lord, and called it El Elohe Israel (mighty one; God of Israel) (Genesis 33:20)
Also, Joshua 24:32 Records that the bones of Joseph which were brought out of Egypt when God's people were delivered from Egyptian slavery by Mosses were laid to rest in the promise land at Sychar (ancient Shechem) by Joshua.
Someone asked what is a Back Side of the Desert Degree? Or lesson learned by personal experience or the school of hard knocks,
The children of Israel, chosen by God, seemed bent on doing things their own way. They were unable to receive directive, advice, reproof, or even instructions on how to live or have meaningful relationship with God.
As a result of Israel rejecting God’s Love, His many attempts to reach them by sending prophets, judges’, and amazing leaders who struggled to convince His people of a better way, God finally allows enemies of Israel to bring a wakeup call to them through adversity. Thus, the School of Hard Knocks and the Back Side of the Desert Degree.
In 720 B.C. the Assyrians captured and subjugated Samaria disbursing many, and those left in Samaria married and breed with foreigners creating the despised cultural rejects known as the Samaritans. Though the Samaritans did not forget the Jewish ancestry it was tainted by superstition brought by the foreigners who they married.
In 597 B.C. the Babylon empire led by King Nebuchadnezzar ll conquered Jerusalem and later took Judaea. Taking the best and brightest of the Hebrews to Babylon, which is now in the Mesopotamia area of Iraq 59 miles southwest of Baghdad. Some Hebrews served in the king’s service which included names of people you know. We have heard of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego the three Hebrew children which were thrown into the fiery furnace and delivered out of the fire by the angel of their God. Daniel the interpreter of dreams the same which was thrown into the den of lions and was delivered by the angel of his God.
Others were held in Babylonian captivity outside of the king’s court.
Later in 539 B.C. the Persian empire conquered Babylon and became the ruling force. During the reign of King Artaxerxes Ezra, the priest and some Jews, including Nehemiah, were permitted to go back to Jerusalem. In time Nehemiah was permitted to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls around the city proper. Slowly the Jews repopulated Jerusalem.
When it came time to rebuild the shattered temple in Jerusalem the Samaritans came to help. There help was rejected, and they were treated unworthy to worship or work on the temple.
The response from the Samaritans is what you would expect. Their hatred was feed. They hated the Jews just as much as the Jews hated them.
The Samaritans built their own temple in Mount Gerizim and worshiped there. They rejected the temple in Jerusalem.
In 129 B.C. a Jewish general sacked and destroyed the temple on Mount Gerizim during the Maccabean revolt.
The hatred runs deep between the Jews and Samaritans.
What was the struggle between Judaism and Samaritans?:
Bottom line is worship at Mount Gerizim (Samaritans) or The Temple at Mount Moriah (Judaism)
Wikipedia does a pretty good job of explaining this. According to Wikipedia
The Samaritans are adherents of Samaritanism, a religion closely related to Judaism. Samaritans believe that their worship, which is based on the Samaritan Pentateuch, is the true religion of the ancient Israelites from before the Babylonian captivity, preserved by those who remained in the Land of Israel, as opposed to Judaism, which they see as a related but altered and amended religion, brought back by those returning from the Babylonian Captivity. The Samaritans believe that Mount Gerizim was the original Holy Place of Israel from the time that Joshua conquered Canaan. The major issue between Jews and Samaritans has always been the location of the Chosen Place to worship God: The Temple Mount of Moriah in Jerusalem according to the Jewish faith or Mount Gerizim according to the Samaritan faith
Now that we understand the origins of hatred between the Jews and Samaritans, let’s return to Jesus’ day. Let's return to the Gospel of John, Chapter 4, verse 6
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
The Jewish day starts at 6:00 A.M. and ends at 6:00 P.M. This puts Jesus at the well at 12:00 noon. The heat of the day.
John chapter one reveals Jesus as God with us, the word made flesh who dwelt among us, (and we beheld His Glory the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
Now here in chapter 4 we see the fully man side of Jesus the one who is wearied and thirsty the one who is touched with the feelings of our infirmities.
Hebrews 4:15 (NIV)
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”.
This verse has always amazed me not only does it show that Jesus understands our humanity in that he is thirsty himself.
It shows us that he does not look down at our efforts. The Lord is not laughing at our struggle to find solutions to our challenges. The Lord Jesus values the best this woman has to offer, and in doing so places value on her. This is important if you are an outcast of the outcasts.
8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
· Social rejection: by her own people brought this woman to draw water in the heat of the day rather than the morning hour when the other woman came to the well. The other women came as a group for social and safety reasons. This woman is alone, an outcast of the outcasts.
· Cultural rejection: If there is an ever was example of prejudice, bigotry, bias friction, it is the Jews toward the Samaritans and the Samaritans toward the Jews. However, the Jews feel superior and would walk around Samaria rather than walk through it.
Barkley’s commentary and Clarke's commentary all reference the hatred between these two peoples. No Jew could eat with a Samaritan or drink from the same cup as a Samaritan. It was said that the only purpose for the Samaritan was to keep the fires of hell burning.
When this woman asked Jesus why he, a Jew, would ask a drink from her a Samaritan, she had good reason.
Verse 10 Insert 2 statements into this verse.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, (which you do not) and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him,(which you don’t) and He would have given you living water.”
She doesn’t know who Jesus is at this point in the next verse she will call Him sir. So, for right now Jesus is a Jew sitting at a well.
In a few more verses this woman will have an epiphany and will recognize Jesus as the messiah telling her everything she ever did.
The well she has been drinking from has no spring. It is a dug-out cistern that only catches water (this is dead water).
Jesus is inviting is inviting you to drink from the springs of living water.
John 7:38 (KJV)
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?
This is a reasonable question. This well is 100 feet deep. Way too deep to draw water without the proper provisions. At this point the woman is thinking from a horizontal natural mindset.
Soon her perspective will change. In the beginning we all see with the limitations of the natural man but after being with Jesus we begin to believe, and through faith we receive our own spiritual epiphany of Jesus savior redeemer.
Jesus is about to take this lady to a new spiritual place look at her question.
12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
Absolutely Jesus is superior. That’s the whole point why do you think in John 8:53 when the pharisees are asking are you greater than our father Abraham Jesus Responds before Abraham was, I AM.
John 8:53 & 58 (NKJV)
53 Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?”
58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
I am superior to the patriarchs of Israel is exactly what he is saying.
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,
14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Did you hear that whoever this is the same word?
Jesus uses the same word in John 3:16 (NKJV)
God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
This same thought is transferred in John 1:12 (KJV)
John 1:12 (KJV)
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Because of the testimony of this woman who met Jesus at the well other Samaritans from the city came to hear for themselves Jesus and they too believed that Jesus is the Christ the savior of the world.
John 4:42 (NKJV)
42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
Closing with the later part of verse 14
But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
John 7:38 (KJV)
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
This is God's kind of life “eternal life”
· not quantity of life here on this earth
· but quality of life eternal with the Lord.
· The quality of life Jesus spoke about in John 17.
· The quality of life in the garden before the fall.