Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Yesterday we began a walk-through John 4, and a series of “You talking to me? moments that seemed to develop very quickly. Jesus, a Jew, being sent to the Samaritans where He spent three days in total. An action for a rabbi that was unheard of at that time. Then, as He sat by the well in Samaria, a wanton woman comes to the well at a time when respectable women would not, and He asks her to draw water for him. Upon that request from Jesus, it became the Samaritan woman’s turn to wonder, “You talking to me?” Then we read in verse nine, that is precisely what she did. Look at her words. “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.” So, in verses 10-14, they discuss what Jesus means when He tells her if she knew who He was, she would ask water from Him so she would never thirst again. That discussion ends, for a moment, her “You talking to me?” moment.
But then, Jesus stirs another “You talking to me?” moment by telling her to go call her husband. She tries to cover it up by saying she has no husband. But by Holy Spirit, through a word of knowledge, Jesus knew the full story. She was right; she had no husband, but she had been married five times previously, and was now living in adultery with a man. And still again there rises a “You talking to me?” moment for the woman. Once again she tries to cover it by recognizing Jesus as a prophet, and diverting the conversation to the differences in religious thinking (you could call this denominationalism). But God’s Word will not be deterred. When it goes forth, it will not return void, but will accomplish that which pleases Him, and prosper in the thing He sent it to do. The Word, Jesus, had been sent to Samaria, and Jesus stood in His faith in that Word. He would not accept “no” for an answer. The Samaritan woman acquiesced, accepting the truth. The victory was won, her life was changed, and so were the lives of a great many people of Samaria who believed on Jesus.
My friend, when Jesus sends you with His Word, what is asked of you may be more than your mind can conceive, but NEVER more than the Word can do. Go with the Word, hold fast to the Word, speak the Word, NEVER retreat from the Word. There are 21st century Samarias with people out of step with eternity who are waiting on you to feast on the meat of doing Father’s will.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4