Wednesday, April 18, 2012

John 4

Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

Jesus went to a well in the town of Sychar and he was tired. A Samaritan woman came to get water from the well and Jesus asked for a drink. She asked why a Jew would ask a Samaritan woman for a drink, and he said if she asked him for a drink he would give her one such that she would never be thirsty again. He tells her to bring others to see him and tells her things about her that he shouldn't know, so she is convinced he is Christ. While she is telling the other people of the town, the disciples return and try to get him to eat and he says his food is the works he does. He stays in that town for a few days then moves on to Galilee.

A lot of things here about spiritual food/drink and I guess spiritual health or something. I dunno.

Jesus Heals an Official's Son

An official had an ill son who was going to die soon, so he asked Jesus to heal him. Jesus said the kid would be fine and the official went on his way. On the way back one of his servants intercepted him and said his son was going to be fine, he asked when he started recovering and the time he gave was when the official was talking to Jesus.

My interest in this is really what could be gotten out of the bible in terms of lessons for life, that kind of thing. As far as I can tell, the miracles Jesus does are primarily to demonstrate that he is Godly and that he has power. I'm not really interested in that so I just don't have much to say here.


  1. Jesus and the Woman of Samaria. I made a note and here I copied and pasted SAB's take on this story, which I partially agree with. “Jesus magically perceived that a Samaritan woman had been married and divorced five times previously. (He could spot a divorced woman a mile away.) Since women weren't allowed to get a divorce, it was always the woman's fault and divorced women were considered outcasts. This was a great opportunity for Jesus to explain why the Mosaic marriage laws were unjust and correct them -- if he thought they were wrong, that is, which apparently he didn't.”

  2. That is really interesting about the 5 divorces thing. I would have never thought of that, you can tell because I didn't even mention that part of the story as I didn't think it was relevant. Always great to get multiple perspectives.


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