had to go through
So begins the encounter with the Samaritan woman at the
well. The Bible is alive and filled with lessons for us to consider in our
lives. The story unfolds as Jesus is on His way to Galilee and had to pass
The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, "You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?" -- John 4: 9 (NLT)
Man divides where God seeks to
unite. This is lesson number one in this tale. There was fierce animosity
between the Jews and Samaritans. The Jews considered them half-breeds and
traitors. After the Assyrian Empire scattered the ten Northern Tribes, those
remaining intermarried with other peoples and adopted their idolatrous
practices. When Nehemiah returned from Babylonian exile to rebuild the walls of
God doesn't care about the little boxes we try to fit ourselves into. God did not create denominations -- man did. God crosses these petulant and petty lines and seeks to bring us together. There are plenty of practices in Pentecostal churches that are not found in the Bible. Same can be said for Catholics or any other "branch" of Christianity. We should always draw the line with rank heresy and not allow anyone to compromise the Gospel, but many of the doctrinal differences are of the minor type. So often we try to exclude people when we are actually tasked with drawing people in. We see the woman at the well every day and we can tend to pass judgment upon her instead of reaching out to start a simple conversation. We sit next to the woman at the well on the bus going to work or in the cubicle next to us. Christianity was not supposed to be a country club requiring membership but rather a vehicle God can use to share the Gospel of His Son Jesus Christ. The story continues...
Jesus replied, "If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water." -- John 4: 10 (NLT)
The world does not understand the gift we have received; lesson number two. Quite frankly, sometimes we do not fully grasp the gift we have received, so let us start there. Even as Christians we can tend to value the wrong life. We can tend to value the wrong world. That is how so many fall for such obvious heretical teachings such as prosperity doctrine.