A Christ Filled Life
I often watch Joyce Meyer, an Evangelist on TV and this week she was talking about living an excellent life for Jesus. She used the same example I’ve heard her use before about how the Holy Spirit told her to return her grocery cart back to where it goes in the parking lot, not just leaving it anywhere. She also talked about when she first started her ministry and her family didn’t have much and she would over shop and have to return some of the items in her grocery cart. She would be in the isle where the cleaning products were and wanted to return one of the heads of lettuce she had, but produce was way over on the other side of the store and she didn’t want to walk way over there and she knew it wasn’t right to leave the lettuce mixed in with the cleaning products. There is the question of excellence in Christ Jesus: to do what is right even when it comes to the smallest of things. Many of us will say, I’ll go Lord wherever you want me to go, and minister, but, will we take the lettuce back to where it belongs. I have to admit that I don’t always return the cart or grocery items to where they belong. Her message was that living an Excellent Life allows Christ to come in and do great things for us.
Jesus Talks With A Samaritan Woman- John 4:1) When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2) (Though Jesus Himself baptized not, but His disciples.) 3) He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee. 4) And He must needs go through Samaria. 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. Genesis 33:19, Joshua 24:32. 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. 7) There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8) (For His disciples were gone away unto the city for to buy meat.) 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. Ezra 4:3, Acts 10:28. 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. Jeremiah 2:13,Revelations7:17. 11) The woman saith unto Him, Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then has Thou that living water? 12) Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children and his cattle? 13) Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 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. John 7:38. 15) The woman saith unto Him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Romans 6:23, 1John 5:20. 16) Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17) The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18) For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that sadist thou truly. 19) The woman saith unto Him Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Luke 7:16 20) Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Judges 9:7. 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. 22) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. Romans 8:4, Galatians 5:25, Philippians 3:3. 24) God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. 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. Deuteronomy 18:15, Daniel 9:24. 26) Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He.
Quest Study Bible Commentary/Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v4 When Jesus learned that His growing number of followers was arousing the attention of the Pharisees (their main purpose was to preserve traditional Judaism), He left the region, to avoid a confrontation with them before He could establish His Ministry. v7 Women customarily went to the town well when it was cool, either in the morning or evening. This offered them interaction as well as water. This woman’s coming alone in the heat of the day suggests that she was an outcast: v9 Racial and religious prejudices separated the Jews and the Samaritans. The Samaritans were descendants from foreigners brought to the region centuries earlier to replace the ten tribes of Israel deported by the Assyrians (Old Testament). The foreigners had intermarried with the remaining Israelites, leaving behind a mixed race that worshiped God, but according to their own traditions rather than the Word of God. To Jews, the Samaritans represented forbidden intermarriages between Jews and Gentiles. The Samaritans set up a rival religious system, claiming God should be worshipped on Mount Gerizim. v10 Living water springs from an unfailing source and is ever flowing. Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit and eternal life. The graces of the Spirit, and His comforts, satisfy the thirsting soul. v13 Christ shows that the water of Jacob’s well yielded a very short satisfaction. Of whatever waters of comfort we drink, we shall thirst again. But whoever partakes of the Spirit of Grace, and the comforts of the Gospel, shall never be in want, for his soul will abundantly satisfied. v18 Divorce in the Jewish Samaritan culture could only be initiated by the husband, who had to state publicly that his wife was unclean, unlovable or incapable of fulfilling her wifely duties. Divorce therefore shamed a woman. Five men had publicly shamed this woman and now she was most likely living with her current partner simply to avoid starvation. v26 This woman was a hostile Samaritan, merely speaking to her was thought to disgrace our Lord Jesus. Yet to this woman did our Lord reveal Himself more fully than as yet He had done to any of His Disciples. No past sins can bar our acceptance with Him, if we humble ourselves before Him, believing in Him as the Christ, the Savior of the world! More to come! Blessings in His Name!