Sunday, August 26, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
"And upon this came His disciples, and marvelled that He talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest Thou? or, Why talkest Thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?"
As the Lord ends His discourse with the woman, the disciples of Christ appear, and they are absolutely astounded that He would be freely talking with a Samaritan. The text says that they "marvelled." This means to be amazed, to wonder at, or to be astonished. They had been taught all their lives that such contact with a Samaritan was forbidden, and yet, the text says that no one approached Christ about it. They were amazed, and perhaps somewhat offended, but no one took their case to the Master; such is the way of reactions and feelings that are not based in the truth of Scripture. They knew that such conversation was forbidden by the Jews, and yet, what Scripture could they go to in order to prove Christ wrong? He was not compromising His holiness, nor was He attempting to unite heathen beliefs with Scriptural truth; He was simply seeking lost souls and bringing them truth. A person's beliefs, actions, and responses must be based upon the truths and principles of the Bible, or else, one may find themselves being "amazed" at the direction that God would have them to go.
The woman then enters into her own city again and says to the inhabitants, "Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did...." She recognized His omniscience. This was no ordinary man. She goes on to say, "...is not this the Christ?" She is not asking this question for her own knowledge. The way this question is worded in the original text clearly implies that she is expecting a No answer. In other words, she is saying, Is this one not the Christ?, and the expected response is, No. It is the Christ!
While the disciples stand back, amazed, and basking in unfounded prejudice against lost souls, Jesus Christ brings the love of God to a woman who would forever be changed by this encounter. Refusal to share God's plan of salvation with others is a most serious form of oppression, and the Lord of Hosts hates oppression. Let us never oppress anyone by refusing to give them the truth of the Bible.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
"The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh,
which is called Christ: when He is come,
He will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her,
I that speak unto thee am He."
"I know that Messias cometh...." Truly, all Israel knew that the Messiah was coming. The prophecies and time lines laid out in the book of Daniel are too clear to be missed by any. At this point in history, the time was right for the Messiah to come according to the 69 periods of seven laid out in Daniel chapter 9. The four hundred and eighty-three years had almost elapsed and Messiah would soon be cut off, but not for Himself (Dan. 9:26). Every Jewish leader of Jesus' day knew that the Messiah was nigh to come and yet they rejected the Son of the Owner of the vineyard and decided rather to kill Him that they might seize upon His inheritance; yet, they did not realize that the Prince of Life cannot be destroyed for He is God. The word Messiah is of Hebrew origin and means the anointed one. Christ is the Greek counterpart of that and also means the anointed one.
"Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He." In the original, a literal rendering would be "I, I am, the one who is speaking to you." People say that the book of John contains about eight I am statements of Jesus; I am the Door, I am the good Shepherd etc. It actually contains far more than eight. Christ extensively used I am statements concerning Himself. In this I am statement, the Deity of Exodus 3:14 can be heard when Moses asked God by what name he should call the One Who sent him and God said, "...I AM THAT I AM...Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." Christ qualified all that He had said to the woman by ending His discourse with a statement of Divine authority which pointed to His Omnipotence. He is the great I AM, the King of all the earth. Jesus Christ is the Living God.