Zis-N-Zat From Pastor Asher

God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart… this blog is about what I see, what I think, what I do and how I serve God

Approximate Notes for Sunday’s Message; John 4:1-42; March 19, 2017

Scriptures for this Sunday: John 4:1-42

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We don’t know much about the Samaritan Woman. We do not know her name, we don’t know why she had six husbands, we don’t know why she had to go to the well alone and in the middle of the day, instead of with a group of her friends and neighbors early in the morning when it was pleasant and cool outside.

I suspect that she was an outsider in her own village; that she spent quite a lot of time in her own company wrestling with her own thoughts or despising her neighbors.

We don’t know her life story. For all we know, she may have had several husbands because of the Levirate Laws that said if a man died and left his widow childless, his younger brother was required to take the woman into his own household and marry her.

We know, however, that the evangelist describes her as combative, irritable, and grumpy. When Jesus asked to use her pitcher to get some water from the well, she replied sarcastically, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”

Somewhere in the conversation, Jesus offered her the “living water” of life. Again she tried to pick a fight. “You have nothing to draw regular water out of this regular well to satisfy your ordinary thirst in the here and the now. Where is this ‘living water’ that you are trying to offer me.” And then she worked in a dig, “Are you greater than our father Jacob, who dug this well?” (Genesis 33:18-20).

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The singing group Georgia Satellites has a song Keep Your Hands to Yourself with the line,

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“She said don’t hand me no lines and keep your hands to yourself.” That is pretty much what the Samaritan Woman told Jesus.

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“Bobruisk” – story 

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“Nurturing Wholeness” story

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“That’s the answer” story

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We tend to cover our pain and our fears by being busy and filling our lives with events. Another way to deal with pain like that is to bring others down, thus elevating ourselves. Throughout the conversation, that is what the Samaritan Woman tried to do to Jesus.

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  • “You are a Jew, why are you talking to me?”

  • “Who do you think you are, do you think that you are greater than Jacob?”

That is why Jesus took her on his version of the “Nurturing Wholeness” seminar. When she learned about the “Living Waters”, she was able to process her pain (John 8:32 – “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”). And when she stopped hiding behind combativeness and bringing her neighbors down, she learned how to interact with her neighbors on a totally different level.

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In the beginning of today’s reading the Samaritan woman was alone. At the end of today’s reading she was a part of the community. She actually became a leader, she led people to Christ.

Because she opened her heart to Jesus, her life was changed.  She went back to her village, and called people to tell them about this incredible man she just met.  Her words, “He told me everything I have ever done.”

She was no longer burdened by her past. Her past is no longer defining her future.  She has heard Jesus say, “Look at me!  Put your focus on me, not on your past life” and her life was changed! 

Many of the Samaritans became believers because of the transformation they saw in her.

Jesus shows us who we really are. Not who we want to be, but who we are. Imperfect, crabby, selfish, combative, clumsy, desperate, insecure, overly confident.

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Jesus is offering all of us the living water. Jesus is calling us to change our thinking because with new thinking come different actions. Jesus is calling “Look at me,” he says, “and jump into the deep water, the living water where you will find new life.”

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