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Wait, Are You A Prophet?

River of Living Water

The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.” (John 4:19 NASB)

Yesterday we heard Jesus call to a place deep inside this Samaritan woman with the words “Go, call your husband, and come here.” With that request, He was able to break through her confusion about Living Water.

However, He also managed to flip the switch on her religion vocab.

You had me intrigued with this talk of living water, but now you want to talk religion, well, I am ready. Bring it on. If you want to talk about religion let’s talk about it. Who are you Jews to tell us how to worship?

Jesus’ penetrating words touched a hurt and triggered a defensive lockdown.

Setting up barricades to guard your wounds.

Rather than deal with her chronic relational issues, this daughter of Samaria brings up an age-old argument, that goes back to the great national divorce, when Rehoboam and Jeroboam divided the nation.

She puts her defense up and talks about where they ought to worship.

“Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” (vs 20)

It’s like a Pentecostal and an Evangelical arguing about whether it is necessary to raise hands during worship, rather than dealing with the sin of pride separating them. (Sorry – forgive me my tiny little rant please.)

Next week we will talk in detail about what Jesus says about worship.

Today I have a simple question for you.

What defenses are you using to hide from Jesus? When Jesus probes your life, looking to heal and deliver you from your pain, are you throwing up walls?

You and I need to let the Great Physician heal the things that hurt when He pokes them.

Don’t resist today. Don’t act all religious to cover your pain. Let Him bring beauty from the ashes of disaster in your life.

BenThanks for coming by.

See you next week.


0 thoughts on “Wait, Are You A Prophet?

  1. Caddo Veil

    Interesting timing, Ben--this is what I was dealing with on Wednesday (and apparently successfully), prior to yesterday's celebration of the NO PARKING zone. Yay, GOD!! Have a blessed weekend, brother--love, sis Caddo

  2. Debbie

    This just gets better and better, Mr. Ben. It's not always the enemy poking us . .sometimes it's Jesus, uncovering our hurts. Praying to not get defensive, so He can help me with it all. God bless you so much and thank you for all the time and effort you put into ministering to us!

      1. Charis Psallo

        You expressed it so well for us visual-types with that picture of the barricade. He has a way of touching our sore spots, doesn't he? "Does that hurt?"
        One night I heard in a dream, "God's love, unrequited, is like a laser." That's how a laser works; the returning light just builds up and becomes stronger. His love is like a surgical laser with pinpoint accuracy. When we stop fighting Him and let his love touch our old wounds and excise lies we have believed, He can heal the deep pain much more quickly.

  3. adaisygarden

    Sometimes it's hard for us to admit we're hurt because that may be perceived as weakness. If we all would just be honest, how much easier it would be to have good, healthy relationships with one another.

    1. Ben Nelson

      You said a mouth full. the other missing ingredient is being as willing to forgive others as we are quick to cut ourselves slack. That is a place we don't often take "love your neighbor as you love yourself."
      Thanks for coming by!


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