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John 4

John 4

Jesus and the twelve disciples were by the Jordan River preaching and baptizing and making disciples of the people and the Pharisees became more jealous of him then they were of John. Jesus then leaves to go to Galilee through Samaria.

John 4:1 When therefore the LORD knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 4:2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

The Samaritan woman at the well

4:5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 4:6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour [Noon]. 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

The Samaritans [the forefathers of the modern Palestinians most of whom have since been converted to Islam] were people who had been given the land by God, after God had used the Assyrians to remove Israel (2 Kings 17).

Over time most of these Samaritans converted to Islam and are the modern Palestinians who do have a correct point when they say that Samaria was given to them by God.

Modern Judaism does not recognize them as racial Samaritans, only choosing to recognize the religion of the Samaritans now practiced by only a few, concealing the truth for the express purpose of laying claim to Samaria; which is NOT part of Judah and belongs to the ten tribes and in the interim belongs to the Palestinians.

When you read “Samaritan,” you could just as well say Palestinian.

4:8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat [food].) 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

Jesus begins to teach the woman, demonstrating that salvation was open to the Gentiles

4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

She responds by questioning him

4:11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 4:12 Art thou greater than our [presumed] father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

Jesus teaches about the living water; which is a type of the Holy Spirit that brings eternal life. 

4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The woman then asks for the living water of eternal life

4:15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

Jesus reveals that he knows all about her and she admits him to be a prophet

4:16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 4:17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 4:18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

She then asks him about the right place to worship God

4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Jesus prophecies that after he is crucified and raised up, Jerusalem shall be destroyed and righteous men shall be scattered and shall worship God the FATHER wherever they are and not exclusively in Jerusalem or Samaria.

4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

Salvation is given to those who become spiritual Jews indeed; by deep open-minded study; and the enthusiastic internalizing of the Word of God, through the passionate KEEPING of all the teachings and commandments of God the Father!

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

The Samaritans thought that they worshiped God, but did not understand or know what they worshipped. As such they are an allegory of the religious unconverted of all ages; who are driven to worship and think that they are worshiping God, while not really understanding what they are worshiping. 

Once the great deceiver is removed the harvest will be plentiful indeed!

John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

God must be worshipped in the letter and the spirit; and worshipped [obeyed] in the fullness and whole hearted sincerity of following God’s Spirit into all truth.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Christ is of one mind and Spirit with God the Father; therefore the Holy Spirit will show all things; of BOTH Christ and God the Father.

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: 

John 16:15  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth [Speaking of the sacrifice of Christ as the Lamb of God and the official start of the New Covenant (Jer 31:31)]: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

Only the spiritually minded having the Holy Spirit, can worship God the Father in the spirit and truth of God.

4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Jesus openly declares himself the Messiah [the Christ] to the Samaritan woman

4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

The disciples were amazed that Christ spoke with a woman who was also a Samaritan, while the woman went to tell all her friends

4:27 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? 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 4:30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

Jesus teaches that his life is to live by every Word of God

4:31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

4:33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Jesus speaks of the multitudes who are seeking God and who are presently deceived, but who will embrace God with Great Joy when the blindness of deception is healed and the Great Deceiver is removed out of the way.

4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

God the Father sows the Word by calling men to Christ, and faithful men sow the gospel of salvation; and those that labour to bring in the harvest; shall all REJOICE together with God in great joy at the abundance of the harvest!

4:36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

4:37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.

Let each one do as he is able and has been called to do by the Great God; not envying one another, but working together to serve God for the good of all!

4:38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

Many Samaritans believed on Christ; WITHOUT any signs or miracles beyond his words! Making them more open to the Word of God then the Jews who had the scriptures!

4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 4:40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.

4:41 And many more believed because of his own word; 4:42 And [many Samaritans] said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world4:43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.

Proceeding to Galilee; the people there welcomed him because of the many miracles Christ had done among them at the Feast of Unleavened Bread in Jerusalem.

4:44 For Jesus himself testified [speaking of Nazareth], that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.

4:45 Then when he was come into Galilee [Cana and Capernaum], the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.

4:46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. 4:47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.

Jesus reflects that the people would not believe his message, and sought only for healings and physical things, not desiring spiritual things.

4:48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

Yet he healed the sick to demonstrate that when he returns to set up the Kingdom of God; all spiritual and physical sickness will be healed.

4:49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

4:50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. 4:51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. 4:52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. 4:53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.

4:54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when [after] he was come out of Judaea [and returned to] into Galilee.

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