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4 And He [Jesus] had to pass through Samaria. 5 So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; 6 and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey,
was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”
16 He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” 19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem
will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
18 Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.
37 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39 And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’”
18 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.”
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Mark 7:6-8 (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:7-9)
6 … “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. 7 BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’ 8 Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
- Do you think there are ways that you may compare, look back to or long for the past and the way it used to be that would tend to make you closed to or hinder you from moving forward in your relationship with Christ? Do you think the same could happen with how you look at your current relationship with your local church body?
- How prone do you think we are to view our temporal, physical needs and desires as more important than our spiritual ones?
- How prone do you think we/you are to put on a false front with other believers. Do you think that this can also transfer over into somehow thinking we can ‘fool’ God?
- How do you react to Jesus compelling the Samaritan woman to face her sinful self as she really was? Do you think we may tend to try to hide ourselves from what Jesus wants to show us about ourselves? Do you think that is mean or absolutely wonderful of Him to do so? Why?
- Have you ever justified yourself by ignoring what is plain and clear by trying to blur the issue with religious discussion, argumentation or appeal to things we don’t really understand?
- Do you put more effort and emphasis in reading and obeying Jesus and what He said, what God says in His Word the Bible, than your favorite Bible teachers? Are you careful to judge what others teach by what the Bible says?
- Consider & Discuss Mark 7:6-8 in the light of your own life and worship? Do you think that there are times when Jesus would ever apply this to you?
- Does the lifestyle or appearance of another person ever make you feel that they certainly wouldn’t be ready to engage in thinking about Jesus, who He is and what He came to do? Do you think you would have thought someone like the Samaritan woman would be ready to respond?
- Who would have thought that the Samaritan woman could have the impact that she does for the Kingdom of God, ultimately bringing her town to the realization that Jesus was the Savior of the world? Does it motivate you to think that God sees what a person can be, and how their life could be absolutely changed and remade if they were to submit themselves to and follow Him?