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.
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.
See you next week.