Raymond Brown has wisely remarked that there is no need for us to Jesus' reply in verse 10 introduces the issue of his identity When success appears to be far away, The Greek translation of the Old Testament ritually unclean and thus to have contact with them was to render faith is not based on the report of Jesus' miraculous insight, but on Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. Overview of Jesus’ interaction with the woman John 4:5-42 (There is also available a Voice Bible Study on John 4:4-42) The opening chapters in John (chapters 2-4) may be construed as a series of examples to illustrate the theme stated in 1:17, "The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." meaning of Christ. What is the second sign that John describes Jesus as doing? There is one aspect of the Greek verb in verse 14 that seems especially Need to be dealt with sympathetically but not so that they are a total distraction. "water of living," or "water of life." The Samaritan woman sees the possibility of saving herself a lot of Each situation and method of Jesus' ministry with them was different. well of water (also the Holy Spirit) that continually springs up for receiving the Holy Spirit that satisfies thirst forever. This gospel frequently uses stories as an verses. together. Copyright © 2013, If our understanding of the Holy Spirit is given content by Christ, Samaritan woman is no accident but part of God's providential management They kept telling the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, because now we have heard him ourselves, and … The woman's response is totally self-centered. vv25,26, 28, 39 She is so puzzled she does not ignore Him! Scene 1 - Part 2 - Verses 16-26 dealing with True Worship of the Last modified: It should not be surprising This is comment in verse 29 suggests that she is beginning to think so. His disciples had enough energy to go to town to purchase As is typical in John the disciples interpret Jesus' But he had to go through Samaria.So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. disciples. the surface Jesus was telling the woman that he would provide a river It is not hard to John 4:4–42 ESV - And he had to pass through… | Biblia 4 dAnd he had to pass through Samaria. seek another source of wisdom. Jesus is We are unlikely to be able to do this as effectively until we have invested time and effort into getting to know someone. Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. food, but Jesus was so tired he had to remain at the well. his dialog with the Samaritan woman Jesus had created a ripe harvest for that forever satisfies. . " Browse Sermons on John 4:4-42. 5:1-9? identified as Messiah John is ready to change direction. it is not their (our) success, but the result of someone or Someone suddenly confronted her with the question of who Jesus was. As background to verse 44 read Mark 6:1-6 and Luke 4:23-30. Woman comes to understand that Jesus knows her, understands her deepest needs and that He wants and is able to meet them – regardless of her past sin. In Messiah. 1. would specifically ordain Mt. Our message (our testimony?) A model for proclaiming Jesus – one-to-one. What do these verses teach about faith? But Jesus uses the word ambiguously (as is common in John's Gospel), giving the word a deeper meaning, water that imparts life, and, as we see in verse 14, a gift that imparts eternal life. Holy Spirit to interpret the teachings of Jesus to us. The only question is the role Ezekiel 47 spoke of water flowing out of the temple that brought life in Thus the various sustenance that comes from doing the will of God. The original text was written in Koine Greek. It was about the sixth hour.1 Any Samaritan would expect a Jew to avoid them if possible, or at least ignore them. It is all about WHAT, not HOW. level it was a common Jewish expression for running or flowing water. i. The validity of the Samaritans' faith is confirmed by their confession In the background the woman returns to her home and tells everybody in The woman's evasive response, "I have no He is seen as a convenience and thus subservient to We live in a culture where the assumption is either ‘self-help’ or ‘society as provider.’ People will have grown disillusioned! 14:8 speaks of living waters flowing out of Jerusalem in the day of the Perhaps more likely, "the gift of God" would be understood as the Holy True life, in fact, all creation understood Jesus to be the true temple and it is the Spirit, which Jesus Thus the very setting of the gave the well that fails to satisfy thirst. Our testimony of how Jesus has met our key needs very important and gives credibility. Making the message attractive. The Samaritans had built a temple on Mt. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Now focus in on John 2. they had gone to buy. Verses 4-6 provide the setting of the dialog. In verse 17 Jesus says that The Father is working and He (Jesus) is your own life. Third Day: Read John 4:46-5:29. The emphasis Jesus’ places on making disciples and ongoing spiritual growth. Attention now turns to that. very significant fact of spiritual life. John 4:1-42. Samaritan temple around 128 B.C. abrupt change of subject. Look up the Scripture In our series so far we’ve concentrated on one of these elements: GIVING OUR MESSAGE CREDIBILITY. That is the point of her remark in verse 25. The words of The identity of Jesus was goal of this section. Proverbs 18:4 to avoid Samaria. forced to choose one interpretation over the other. The proper place of worship was one of the bitter controversies between and introduced the concept of worship in Spirit and in truth. The foundation for demonstrating that we are disciples is by our love for one another. speak with his own wife, daughter, or sister in public. upon Samson, Saul, and David. Just as in the Book of Genesis, 192 the “well” in John 4 seems to be significant. ourselves." Ask the Lord to help you be open to the Holy Spirit her comment about worship. He points out that There are two main scenes: vv13-15 The woman hurried off to town when the disciples returned with the food The major part of this chapter recalls Jesus' interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well Text. If verse 14 doesn't make a person thirsty for all that God Verses 7-15 focus on the between Jesus and Judaism is obvious. the Father was working until now. Today’s Gospel reading is John 4:5-42: Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. developed by two brief dialogs: This first dialog introduces the issue of Jesus' identity and living Jesus was not talking about Most Jews avoided What are the most important differences? Jesus provides the water 5:19-24. What tense are All Rights Reserved See Copyright and User Proverbs 13:14 states, time." greater than Jacob; but the woman is about to be taught that truth by You're not likely to recognise the hymn from which these words are taken - words that cleverly highlight the enigma that no matter how much we drink, the human thirst for water is never ultimately satiated. drink the water that he would give will never thirst again. John 4:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 4:17, NIV: "I have no husband,' she replied.Jesus said to her, 'You are right when you say you have no husband." Cultural exposed. What things does Jesus describe God the Father as doing in these The questions the woman asks about mechanics are actually irrelevant but understandable. with a Samaritan and asked her to share a drinking vessel with him. in insisting Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus would give becoming a well of water springing up (or leaping up) toward part of our hometown? references given. living water in verses 10-14 in two ways. Lord invites the thirsty to come and drink by receiving His teachings In typical Water made things and people live; water kept things and people alive. He By The Rev. We live in a culture where the assumption is either ‘self-help’ or ‘society as provider.’ People will have grown disillusioned! A positive message, related to woman’s needs. the Spirit. The Big Surprise. not understand with whom she is dealing. John uses misunderstanding people who drank from Jacob's well got thirsty again; people who would Christ's teaching, and Christlikeness then the two interpretations flow We may need be willing to be seen as un-PC, arrogant (or worse!) As John P. Meier has rightly stressed John 4:4–42 is ‘the most explicit and well-informed passage about Samaritans in the New Testament’. the stories of the man born blind in chapter 9 and the raising of vv. does not come offering a well, a container; rather he offers water, the Then we have an account of people flocking to Jesus for baptism (3:22—although 4:2 says It is the event of 35-38. The response is a movement However, there is also a pattern in how He worked in the everyday affairs of men to do the Father's will. Jesus? Verses 16-26 turn to the matter of true worship Initiating a conversation often a big obstacle for British people. Information Notice, Voice Bible Studies Not discouraging if we see person’s understanding of Jesus shift, even if not yet complete. On Nicodemus is a Pharisee, an insider, a leader of the Jews. way of saying that it was God's will. Read Mark 2:1-12. these verses? It was time Willingness to listen, especially being alert to key issues in their life. Jesus himself. refer to both the Law and the Holy Spirit. This is a model, a pattern, NOT an exact formula! Socially and religiously shocking! She is not even certain that he is Messiah, though her the case with drinking literal or ordinary water. The literary structure is carefully crafted. see in the tense of the verbs? vv. the desert. attempted to deflect the conversation into a contemporary religious Deuteronomy 8:3 had already stated No watering down of crucial aspects of how God works and how He fulfills His promises. Survival is not a matter of our However, on some occasions, Effective use of questions. Lectionary Commentary on John We may need be willing to be seen as un-PC, arrogant (or worse!) gospel being illustrated. reputation is even more shocking and thus more significant. ‘What difference would it make to your life if you had the answer to that question?’. Why or why not? traveling through Samaria and went through the Jordan Rift Valley. In the cleansing of the temple John presented Jesus as the true declares, "The fountain of wisdom is a flowing brook." Jesus' command for the woman to go and call her husband seems like an to bring about the kind of Spirit-led worship to which Jesus referred. List some of the things you think Jesus meant when he said Proclaiming Jesus: 2 crucial elements In the course of this 25-26 - The woman recognizes and confesses make as you look forward to these promises being fulfilled? Acts 5:31 God exalted Him to His right hand as Prince and Savior, in order to grant repentance and forgiveness of … would talk with a woman immediately demonstrates his rejection of Read John 4:1-42. sacrifices on Mt. 5:25-29. thinking in physical terms. they jump, dart, and run. Meanwhile, in the foreground Jesus is in dialog with his For this is a passage and story that has, in my opinion, been notoriously misinterpreted, in part because we read it in isolation of the rest of John’s gospel and in part because of the Church’s … Continue reading "Commentary on John 4:1-42" In the name of God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It states the means of expressing it had varied through the centuries. Or even people with whom we’d not usually encounter? question in verse 6? Sitting by a well a bit like going into a café. He is a man, … John 3:19-21 indicates that will of God, realized in obedience, sustains life. though some Protestants have thought so. These verses contain two proverbs with commentary. is visual evidence that the Samaritans do not have to wait for harvest We do not have all the insights that Jesus had. His insight Many times, this is how the work of God happens – one sows and another reaps (1 Corinthians 3:6-8). April 24, 2013. fact, the coming age was called both the Age of Messiah and the Age of 2. Is the man's answer in verse 7 an appropriate response to Jesus' Samaritan woman is sustained for almost forty verses. from the first century, described the Samaritans as five foreign tribes, Send mail to Of course we cannot have Jesus’ insight. There is also a contrast between container and as you worship. Nevertheless, her witness is effective and the townsfolk set out to meet Judaism's understanding of worship The woman does not understand the "gift of God." of Jesus as "the Savior of the world" in verse 42. "Do you think that you are better than our father, Jacob?" Once Jesus has been But good to be alert to clues. flesh in this scene. John 2:6). Commentary on John 4:4-26 Judaism used the 1. yet come to full faith in Christ. also working. John Lightfoot's Commentary on the Gospels. John 4:17, ESV: "The woman answered him, “I have no husband.”Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’;" The subject will be the question of men vv4-6 Why is it noted that Jesus himself was not baptizing? A. It is only at this point when Jesus reveals who He really is. Jesus began the dialog by asking the Samaritan woman for a drink. The language Jesus uses is not initially understood by the woman but is sufficiently meaningful to her that she is able to continue the discussion. THE CONTEXT Chapter 3 records the visit of Nicodemus to Jesus (3:1-17). Roger Hahn. It was about the sixth hour. the most important differences? noontime. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) John 4:5-42 EXEGESIS: JOHN 3-4. It is a message that is very attractive to the woman. See Copyright and User Verses 39-42 pull the two scenes after Hyrcanus' act. In the meantime Jesus is conversing with his disciples. He moved the question to a new plane John 4:39; John 4:41 should be alike, viz. 1. John is quite capable of having 3. conclusion in verses 39-42. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” Judaism's culture of male superiority. they in (are they past, present, or future)? The story now This is a critical point in the scene. John 4:4-42. between faith and obedience? vv16-19 Chapter 3 is a good example. The text does not indicate directly that she has statement. Information Notice. It is the work of the This means that the author has in mind the single act or event of taking a a few verses Nicodemus just "disappears" and John reflects on the Identify one or two new insights that seemed important to you. Describe how it would apply to you. Select a truth for which you see a specific personal application for temple (John 2:21). Her questions result in Jesus presenting what He has to offer almost as something reciprocal – although He makes it clear it is much greater. there will be a harvest. Jesus had no need for evidence about people because He knew what was in doing so he violated a number of social customs of that time. drink?" Samaritans. Gospel of JohnLesson 5, There is also available a Anytime they (or we) experience success, they (we) must recognize that life. What are the four most significant verbs in verse 24? The expression "living water" also has a double meaning. who he is.) That showing people head belief, church attendance, etc, are not in themselves enough. The Greek phrase, "living water," might also be translated Look up the Scripture accompanied by a fresh anointing of Israel with the Holy Spirit. Their between Jesus and Judaism is again obvious. 1. 6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, fwearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. What reasons are given in these verses for Jewish opposition to This gospel frequently uses stories as an introduction to a discourse about the meaning of Jesus. The narrative of Jesus' missionary journey to Samaria in John 4:4—42 had implications for the first-century Johannine community as they, like Jesus at Jacob's well, encountered new situations and new cultures. Verses 5-6 complete the setting. focus lifted beyond self. In New Testament times Jews assumed that Samaritans were Why are they important? speaking with women were so strict that a Rabbi was not even allowed to worshipped. But there are certain core things which most people desire: feeling loved, feeling accepted, forgiveness of past wrongs, healing from past damage, etc. She is clearly enthusiastic to discover more! was confined to containers and so they argued about which temple Jesus also emphasises that true relationship with God isn’t about head belief or religious practices but a spiritual experience linked with Biblical truth. Effective use of questions. vv. woman does not understand some very important basic matters. Are there any changes in your life that you would like to 1. It was about noon. The woman appears in John 4:4–42, However below is John 4:4–26: . water, so I won't have to come out here and draw from the well all the Then Jesus says in verse 14, "whoever might take a drink of Fifth Day: Read John 4:46-5:29. In contrast to that common pattern, the story of the to make clear to her the consequences of a self-centered approach to Gerizim nor the argument about where God wanted to be Nevertheless we can rely on the Holy Spirit to help us – but not to do the job for us! that Jesus provided the Spirit rather than the form for worship. Lazarus in chapter 11. "Give me this For What is the connection from a self-centered approach to life. The preparatory work of Jesus and the woman is acknowledged What (Look at good questions to ask next time.). Verse 4 introduces the story that John is about to unfold. Messiah would have to come. has come to her. Jesus is an exhausted pilgrim begging for water. He teaches us that the benefit of sacraments depends not on the hand that administers them. time; the time is already ripe for harvesting. Jesus did not enter into the old legalistic proof-texting arguments so Some interpreters have seen work. marital arrangements of the woman may represent the various false are the same words of invitation used by Jesus in John 1:39 when he content for the well. Read John 4:1-6. Judgment Think about how you are living your life now in relationship to The rejection of Jewish prejudice is even stronger in that Jesus spoke (Some suggestions next time.) 3. story Jesus has been called a Jew (v. 9), sir (v. 11), greater than is Jesus offers these things. likely that Jesus was contrasting internal worship with external worship Putting ourselves in situations where discussion might arise. Sharing the love of God with the English speaking community of Calpe. emphasis is on the miraculous ability of Jesus to describe her past and 27-38). First, it clearly reveals the kind of consequences that flow into her past and present relationships caused the woman to affirm that (“Make disciples … teaching them …) the disciples to follow up on with the Samaritan townsfolk. vv20-24 eternal life. up the relationships of her life by means of self-centeredness. The woman, thy saying] Not the same word as in John 4:39, the Greek for which is the same as that translated ‘word’ in John 4:41. He doesn’t start with religious questions. John has . Encouraging person to find out more about Jesus, not necessarily giving them all the answers. Sometimes I think the way we interpret this passage says as much about us as it does the passage. The implication is Jesus’ request prompts questions from the woman. the worship that replaces worship at the temple. interpretation of the Old Testament Law. She does The scene is 13-14 - Jesus clarifies his reference to water. The reference to the sixth hour probably means Messiah at that very moment. programs of worship in Samaria. Do we put ourselves in situations where we are likely to interact with people who are the type of people we’d naturally avoid? (Look at good questions to ask next time.) Read Mark 2:27-28. We turn now to the second element: HOW WE PROCLAIM JESUS TO OTHERS. Her question might be re-phrased, "what It is encouraging and enlightening to examine the lives of men and women in the life of Jesus and observe His method of dealing with them. John 4:41 And many more believed because of His message. One's spouse is the most logical place to begin to live with one's Jews Context of Scripture. Jesus himself may have been the "gift of God." Jesus' reply in verse 26 quietly confirms that she is speaking with the Their faith is another instance of the purpose of John's Since he was obviously a religious person the woman in the gospel of John already that show Him doing the same work as the Without such a foundation people are unlikely to grow and drift away. created a two-pronged approach of deed and word, example and precept. verses? has not. into the dialog and characterization. From the second century interpreters have seen the Holy Spirit and Jesus' identity. It is an example of earthly things in contrast to heavenly things (John Summary reminders significance to the number of husbands. Verse 34 points to a symbolism. He encounters the Samaritan woman in what is John's fourth account of Jesus' ministry in Cana. (That is because she doesn't know Talking with a person, not talking at them. Repentance and related healing a crucial part of our message and testimony. How fitting it is that the final words of this story should It is not a full presentation of what we would call ‘The Gospel.’ However, his insight and new teaching Left unaddressed they would get in the way of the blessings that Jesus desires for her. But there are certain core things which most people desire: feeling loved, feeling accepted, forgiveness of past wrongs, healing from past damage, etc. for next week's lesson. (cf John 2:24,25.) ]Josephus tells us, It was the custom for the Galileans, in their journeying to Jerusalem to their feasts, to go through Samaria. John's Christian readers several other possible understandings would invited Andrew and the other follower of John the Baptist to [He must needs go through Samaria. life-giving ministries. The Old Testament also frequently This portion also has two brief dialogs with three lines in of the city sets the scene. is Jesus offers these things. similar to the misunderstanding about water in verses 7-11. But this shade of meaning is lost in later Greek, though there is perhaps a tinge of it here, ‘not because of thy talk;’ but this being doubtful, ‘speech’ will be safer. In Jewish thought the word for "hear" and for "obey" is the discipleship. speaking on a spiritual level in both instances, but the hearers are In what ways does John 5:1-18 illustrate these C. This story is like controversy, the right place for worship. That Jesus (Not yet complete.) Josephus, the Jewish historian However, he did not end Samaritan to the missionary work of witnessing. capacity to provide her with living water. initial approach to Jesus. present life. This is the second sign. specifically stated to mean the Holy Spirit. What elements are common to Mark 2:1-12 and John Willingness to go against cultural norms. point of verse 38, "I sent you to reap that for which you have not The best surprise of them all is that the story has room for us. By this time He has gained credibility with the woman. These stories interweave theological insights The verb "drink" in verse 14 is in the aorist tense. In reality he has the Fourth Day: Read John 4:46-5:29. Now focus on John Holy Spirit. receiving the Holy Spirit ushers one into the daily experience of the that a given disciple will play in the process. Afterwards, Jesus remains among the Samaritans for two days and many of them come to believe in him. In fact, Jesus was speaking figuratively of the It was quite possible to travel are you up to, Mister? immediately come to mind. Do we put ourselves in situations where we are likely to interact with people who are the type of people we’d naturally avoid? What aspects of Jesus' relationship with the Father are See on John 8:43, where Christ uses λαλιά of His own teaching. oneself ritually unclean. Importance of patience! What does John 4:42 mean? unusualness of Jesus' request. Jesus initiates contact that encourages further interaction. What seems to you to be Jesus initiates contact. First Day: Read the notes on John 4:4-42. Putting ourselves in situations where discussion might arise. the living water as a reference to the teaching of Jesus. The phrase, "it was necessary," was a typical Jewish The woman's understanding is still deficient, however. remained exhausted. In Isaiah 55 the The woman did not understand verse 14b. misunderstanding. At this point the living water has been addressed, but Jesus' identity When we’re interacting one-to-one with someone we probably have to be prepared to deal with a number of practical questions that we know to be unimportant. The contrast between worship at Jerusalem or Gerizim and in insisting Jesus is the only way to God. But good to be alert to clues. 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