Feb. 22, 2017

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Reading along with us in John? Here’s today’s reading:

John 4 (ESV)

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 3 he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. 4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water”… Continue Reading

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  1. We finished in 2 Corinthians 5 last night at our women’s study and that was full of gospel-truths! I am still reading and meditating on 2 Corinthians chapter 8 as I work a little ahead of our study in preparation.

  2. Jesus Heals an Official’s Son (John 4:46-54): How amazing that Jesus’ words healed the Capernaum official’s son who wasn’t even in Jesus presence when he was healed! Not only that, the son was far enough away that when the official returned to him and asked his servants when his son began to get better, they replied, “Yesterday at the seventh hour!” That was the very hour Jesus said, “Your son will live.”

    This story would be amazing if it ended there but it gets even better. The official believed as did all his household that Jesus was the Christ.

  3. Reading John 4 today. I’ve always loved this chapter, primarily because of my own “worship history” in various churches and what Jesus says in John 4:21-24. Jesus says the worshipers the Father seeks — true worshipers — worship in Spirit AND truth. Not just Spirit. Not just truth. BOTH. Which God do we worship? A “God” of our own design, a little of this and a little of that? Or the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of the Old AND New Testaments, the God who says and does things we may not understand or “agree with” — but who asks us to trust Him? Powerful.

    But I’m seeing new things today. I was recently studying the differences between the egalitarian and complementarian models of Christian marriage. Jesus’ interaction with the woman at the well is significant to both sides. I never really understood just how radically Jesus was threatening the status quo concerning the role of women at that time (never mind that He was interacting with a Samaritan, a different topic). Even the Mary and Martha story in Luke 10:38-42 has new (and exciting!) meaning for me now. During His earthly ministry, Jesus was saying and doing revolutionary things where women were concerned. Much more radical than I understood.

  4. March 17, 2017 (reading John again) – Tonight I read John 4, and wanted to know more about the terms “living water” (John 4:10) and “never thirst” (John 4:14), both used by Jesus when speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well. What little I was able to understand from reading Thayer’s Greek Lexicon at https://www.blueletterbible.org is incredible! I’ll never hear the word “thirst” again without being reminded of the deep and supernatural satisfaction my soul has found in my Savior. No wonder I walk in joy!!

    The “living water” picture is that of a fountain bubbling up and gushing forth, “figuratively used of the spirit and truth of God as satisfying the needs and desires of the soul.” (Also – John 7:38 and Revelation 7:17.)

    And the word for “thirst” in John 4:14: “figuratively, those are said to thirst who painfully feel their want of, and eagerly long for, those things by which the soul is refreshed; supported; strengthened.” (Also – John 6:35; Revelation 7:16; Revelation 21:6; Revelation 22:17.)

    After glancing at a few commentaries on these two verses, there’s so much more to learn and meditate on here. I don’t want to move on until I’ve really soaked this in. Oh, the riches we have in Christ!!

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