John 4:15-26 The Samaritan Woman (Part2); The Messiah.

Give God Time.

Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

He Lives! He Lives! (I Serve A Risen Saviour)

A Word in your ear. 

John 4:15-26 The Samaritan Woman (Part2); The Messiah. 

(Acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible). 

15 “Sir, give me this water,” the woman said to him, “so that I won’t have to be thirsty and keep coming here to draw water.” 

The woman was still not quite up to speed with the spiritual dimension of what Jesus was saying, but she wanted to know more… 

16 He said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 

Jesus tested her genuineness…

17 She answered, “I don’t have a husband.” 

She was honest. She didn’t pretend to be anything other than what she was. Jesus takes us as we are, and takes us to where we need to be. 

Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, “You’re right, you don’t have a husband! 

18 You’ve had five husbands in the past, and you’re not married to the man you’re living with now! You’ve spoken the truth!”

Jesus appreciated her honesty. He already knew all about her. 

19 “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet,” the woman replied. 

20 “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you people say that the place where one has to worship is in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).” 

Again the woman tried to deflect the conversation away from getting spiritual and personal It is as if she is saying, ‘Each to his own. Jews have their temple in Jerusalem and we worship at that mountain over there’.

21 Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Lady, believe me, the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). 

Jewish worship is based on knowledge. Jesus answered by pointing her to God the Father. He is saying, never mind worship location, location, location. That’s all about to change. 

22 You people don’t know what you are worshipping; we worship what we do know, because salvation comes from the Jews. 

This is where the now-famous verse comes from, ‘Salvation is from the Jews.’ And so it came about, just as prophecied. 

23 But the time is coming — indeed, it’s here now — when the true worshippers will worship the Father spiritually and truly, for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him. 

What God wants is for us to worship from the heart as well as the head. Their worship was not based on knowledge. Soon and very soon, people will worship from their heart, based on knowledge. Head and heart together. 

24 God is spirit; and worshippers must worship him spiritually and truly.”

The only worship that is acceptable is worship that is spiritual. 

25 The woman replied, “I know that Mashiach (Messiah) is coming” (that is, “the one who has been anointed”). “When he comes, he will tell us everything.” 

Again the woman tries to change the subject! ‘Well, we’ll worry about that when the time comes…!’

26 Yeshua said to her, “I, the person speaking to you, am he.”

—-Summary

Then the ‘double whammy’ of Jesus saying:- ‘I (the person speaking to you) Am He.’ 

This admission by Jesus is before the event at Caesarea Philippi, where Peter announces, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’. (Matt. 16:13ff & Mark 8:27ff). 

Continues next time with part 3. 

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Suggestions;-

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.

Today’s verse

John 4:25 The woman replied, “I know that Mashiach (Messiah) is coming” (that is, “the one who has been anointed”). “When he comes, he will tell us everything.”  26 Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, “I, the person speaking to you, am he.”

Today’s Challenge

These stories John is choosing show that even where each person only met Jesus on one occasion – they believed. 

We are able to read all the stories and yet only have a fraction of the faith of those who met Jesus once and were transformed. 

James 1:22-24 says;- ‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.’

Jesus said;- “…when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). 

When Jesus comes, what will be said of your faith? 

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John 4: 1-14 The Samaritan Woman (Part 1) “Living Water”.

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymnAbove All…’  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_cxhf5ISeg

A Word in your ear

John 4: 1-14 The Samaritan Woman (Part 1) “Living Water”.

(Acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible.)

4:1 When Yeshua (Jesus) learned that the P’rushim (Pharisees) had heard he was making and immersing more talmidim (disciples) than Yochanan (John) 2 (although it was not Yeshua (Jesus) himself who immersed but his talmidim [disciples] ), 3 Yeshua (Jesus) left Y’hudah (Judah) and set out again for the Galil (Galilee). 

Jesus moved onto Samaria because the religious leaders were trying to create problems for John the Baptist, (see John 3:25). They used the number of baptisms by immersion of Jesus’ disciples to try to create friction which was their worldly way of thinking. But it didn’t work as John was happy to hear it as he had been pointing everyone towards Jesus anyway, which is where the famous saying comes from, ‘He must increase, and I must decrease.’ 

4 This meant that he had to pass through Shomron (Samaria).

Jews had been forbidden by religious leaders from going through Samaria as they were seen as traitors for marrying Gentiles during the exile. So Jews went 70 miles out of their way just so as to circum-navigate Samaria when traveling between Jerusalem and Galilee. 

5 He came to a town in Shomron (Samaria) called Sh’khem (Sychar), near the field Ya‘akov (Jacob) had given to his son Yosef (Joseph). 

Jesus was not going to avoid the Samaritans just to please the religious leaders. Jesus and His disciples arrived at the town’s water well.

6 Ya‘akov’s (Jacob’s) Well was there; so Yeshua, exhausted from his travel, sat down by the well; it was about noon. 

Jesus was exhausted as He had become truly human. 

7 A woman from Shomron (Samaria) came to draw some water; and Yeshua said to her, 

“Give me a drink of water.”

Jesus was gasping for a drink of water – which shows us just how human He was. 

8 (His talmidim [disciples] had gone into town to buy food.) 

Whilst Jesus had fed 5,000 men plus women, He didn’t use His powers for Himself. 

9 The woman from Shomron (Samaria) said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for water from me, a woman of Shomron? (Samaria?)” (For Jews don’t associate with people from Shomron.) 

Because of the point made earlier, at v.4 above, the woman was very surprised that a Jew was even talking to her as Jews were to hate Samaritans – hence the parable of the ‘The Good Samaritan’. 

10 Yeshua (Jesus) answered her, “If you knew God’s gift, that is, who it is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink of water,’ then you would have asked him; and he would have given you living water.”

Jesus answered at a deeper level immediately. Jesus was ‘incognito’. He was the Son of God who became human – in order to do a job. 

11 She said to him, “Sir, you don’t have a bucket, and the well is deep; so where do you get this ‘living water’? 12 You aren’t greater than our father Ya‘akov, are you? He gave us this well and drank from it, and so did his sons and his cattle.” 

The woman simply didn’t understand and just reduced the conversation back to earthly things!  

13 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again! On the contrary, the water I give him will become a spring of water inside him, welling up into eternal life!”

Summary.

Jesus didn’t blame her for her ignorance. He reverted the conversation back to higher things immediately. Jesus stuck to His point… that she would get thirsty again with this water but the water He gave would be a spring of water that constantly springs up inside forever and ever, giving life eternal, because it never stops…

Now finally Jesus had got her attention – which we look at next time. 

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’) Pray that western governments will not cave into MP’s introducing bills to make transgender teaching part of the school’s curriculum, as has started happening.
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? John 4:14 On the contrary, the water I give him will become a spring of water inside him, welling up into eternal life!”

 Today’s Challenge

The ‘Spring’ Jesus mentions in John 4:14 is the Holy Spirit.

Peter tells us that the Holy Spirit is available to all who repent and are immersed as believers… (Acts 2:38). 

We just have to ask. Have you?… (John 16:24).

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John 3:22-36 John points to Jesus as being the Messiah

Give God Time (Devotional)

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40.

So, we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn; – 

I don’t know why Jesus loves me…

I don’t know why Jesus loved me
I don’t know why He cared
I don’t know why He sacrificed His life
Oh, but I’m glad, so glad He did.

He left His mighty throne in glory
To bring to us redemption’s story
Then He died but He rose again
Just for you and me
Oh, but I’m glad, so glad He did.

He left His mighty throne in glory
To bring to us redemption’s story
Then He died but He rose again
Just for you and me
Oh, but I’m glad, so glad He did.

Where would I be if Jesus didn’t love me?
Where would I be if Jesus didn’t care?
Where would I be if He hadn’t sacrificed His life
Oh, but I’m glad, so glad He did.

A Word in your ear

John 3:22-36 John points to Jesus as Messiah.
(Cf. Jn.5:31-37)

(Acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible).

22 After this, Yeshua (Jesus) and his talmidim (disciples) went out into the countryside of Y’hudah (Judah), where he stayed awhile with them and immersed (baptised by immersion) people. 

Jesus trained His disciples from the start to ‘immerse’ repentant believers by believer’s immersion. That was always the plan although Jesus did not immerse personally; John 4:2.

23 Yochanan (John) too was immersing (baptising) at Einayim, (Aenon), near Shalem (Salim), because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to be immersed. 

John’s ‘baptism’ required plenty of water, as it was immersion. (Not as state churches practice it today, with drops of water on infants.) 

24 (This was before Yochanan’s [John’s] imprisonment.)

John was persecuted for speaking truth to power, (criticizing Herod for taking his brother’s wife off him), which eventually cost John his head.

25 A discussion arose between some of Yochanan’s (John’s) talmidim (disciples) and a Judean (Judean Jew) about ceremonial washing; 

26 and they came to Yochanan (John) and said to him, “Rabbi, you know the man who was with you on the other side of the Yarden (Jordan), the one you spoke about? Well, here he is, immersing; and everyone is going to him!” 

A disciple of John’s complained that Jesus’ disciples were also immersing repentant believers in the Jordan! 

27 Yochanan (John) answered, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from Heaven. 28 You yourselves can confirm that I did not say I was the Messiah, but that I have been sent ahead of him. 

John only gave what he was given from God. John corrected them by saying that he had always pointed people to Jesus. 

29 The bridegroom is the one who has the bride; but the bridegroom’s friend, who stands and listens to him, is overjoyed at the sound of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine is now complete. 

The person they were complaining about was actually the main event – like the groom at a wedding. John was just the best man. 

30 He must become more important, while I become less important.

Hence this famous verse of John the Baptist saying it is Jesus who takes centre stage. 

31 “He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the earth is from the earth and talks from an earthly point of view; he who comes from heaven is above all. 

The One he speaks of has come from heaven. 

32 He testifies about what he has actually seen and heard, yet no one accepts what he says! 

Jesus speaks the truth which is not believed. 

33 Whoever does accept what he says puts his seal on the fact that God is true,

Believing Jesus is the same thing as believing what God says.

 34 because the one whom God sent speaks God’s words. For God does not give him the Spirit in limited degree — 

Jesus has the fulness of the Holy Spirit.

35 the Father loves the Son and has put everything in his hands. 

Jesus has unlimited authority. 

36 Whoever trusts in the Son has eternal life. But whoever disobeys the Son will not see that life but remains subject to God’s wrath.”

Summary

36 Whoever trusts in the Son has eternal life.

  • Today’s Verse…

Whoever trusts in the Son has eternal life. 

But whoever disobeys the Son will not see that life but remains subject to God’s wrath.” John 3:36.

  • Today’s Challenge

Repetition is the secret to remembering…

36. Whoever trusts in the Son has eternal life. 

But whoever disobeys the Son will not see that life but remains subject to God’s wrath.” John 3:36.

We either choose to live for the present – or for eternity.  Which one have you chosen? Have you made this hymn your own story? 

I Will Sing The Wondrous Story

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23.  Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 3:19-21 Two types of people…

Give God Time

Prayer and praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn

How Great Thou Art

A Word in your ear

John 3:19-21 Two types of people…

Jesus is still talking to Nicodemus. One of the recognised leaders of the Jews had snuck out to ask Jesus for the answers to questions he knew were not being answered by his own team. Jesus’ insightful questions led to the whole conversation with Nicodemus, in what we call John chapter 3.

Jesus now goes on to explain that there are two types of people… 

  1. those who hide from the  light, and 
  2. those who are attracted to it. 

It is all about the heart. Jesus sometimes might ask a question to test the heart of a person… even when He already knows the answer to the question.

John 3:19 “Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. 

Why? 

Because their actions were wicked. 20 For everyone who does evil things hates the light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed. 

Evil people don’t want to be seen as they really are.

21 But everyone who does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”

That is the end of conversation with Nicodemus as  we have it here. Those who are trying to reach Him, God draws to Himself. God is responsive. (See the testimony this week).

Summary

All can see what God has done. (Romans 1:18-20). There will be no excuse. That also gives credit where credit is due –  to God. Here, goodness itself shows that God is at work.  People who do what is right are those living in God’s light. 

To God be the Glory…

  • Today’s Challenge

Is your heart drawn to the light as much as this lady demonstrates from her  testimony? https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/video/all?video=597654

  • Today’s Verse…

John 3:19 ‘…the Light has come into the world…’

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 3:14-18 God’s ‘Agape’ love

Give God Time.

Prayer and Worship.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymnGod so loved the world

A Word in your ear. 

John 3:14-18 God’s ‘Agape’ love 

14 Just as Moshe (Moses) lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up;15 so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life. 

The bronze age was about 3200 BC to about 1200 BC. Moses would have learned the method for making bronze in Egypt. In the desert, people were being punished by dying from snake venom and crying out to Moses to ask God to save them. That is the picture Jesus selects in order to convey the meaning of His imminent crucifixion. They were all familiar with this story from the time of Moses, with him posting a bronze metal serpent. 

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. 

The word “so” here, literally means “in that same way”. What Jesus is saying is “God, in that same way, showed His love to the world, in that He gave his only and unique Son…  So it is in the same way that God provided salvation for the Israelites under Moses – with the bronze serpent in the wilderness that Jesus was to be crucified; ie By looking up to the bronze serpent, Israelites showed that they believed, and by that simple act, they stopped dying;- so people can look to the cross of Jesus now and live… only this time, forever. What is more, the word ‘love’ here is ‘Agape’, meaning God’s altruistic action – not the human love we like to think it means. The word ‘love’ was used by Bible translators for everything from God’s Agape to brotherly affection, to friends and neighbors sentiment, and even forbidden relations. The Greeks were far more accurate by using specific words, which may be why God had the New Testament written in Greek, which was also the common language of the day. 

 “… so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed.” 

17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. 

This first coming of Jesus is to enable peace with God to come about – before His Second Coming, when it will all be too late. 

18 Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son.

The next time Jesus comes it will be to judge. 

—-

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)
  • Today’s Verse…

John 3: 14-15 Just as Moshe lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up;15 so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life.

  • Today’s Challenge

…is to ‘Look & Live’ …

“… so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed.” John 3:16 

Today’s challenge is on this video!

‘Look & Live’ by William Ogden (1841-1897) sung by Lilian Kirui 

1 I’ve a message from the Lord, Hallelujah!

The message unto you I’ll give.

’Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah!

It is only that you “look and live.

Refrain:

“Look and live,” my brother, live.

Look to Jesus now and live.

’Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah!

It is only that you “look and live.”

2 I’ve a message full of love, Hallelujah!

A message, O my friend, for you.

’Tis a message from above, Hallelujah!

Jesus said it, and I know ’tis true. 

[Refrain]

3 Life is offered unto you. Hallelujah!

Eternal life your soul shall have

If you’ll only look to Him. Hallelujah!

Look to Jesus, who alone can save. 

[Refrain]

4 I will tell you how I came, Hallelujah!

To Jesus when He made me whole:

’Twas believing on His name, Hallelujah!

I trusted and He saved my soul. 

[Refrain]

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