It is a beautiful morning here in New Hampshire in which I arrived early for work. After punching in, I am having a difficult time relating to my new co-worker because she doesn’t speak any English. My attitude turned slowly sour towards her since I can’t communicate in Spanish. If you know me, I like to get to know you. That’s just the way I am. But, she doesn’t speak any English. FRUSTRATING!!
I know God died for her, but a litany of complaints came up in my mind, especially “if immigrants want to work here in America, they should learn to speak English.” I am in all support of immigrants working. I believe they should get the same pay. I believe…, until it affects me personally.
Pretty soon afterwards, the Holy Spirit brought to my memory the Jews, the Samaritans, & how Jesus dealt with the apparent feud going on between these two peoples. I’ll let John speak about it.
In the HOLY BIBLE, the apostle John records the incident that happened in John 4:1-45. Jesus and His disciples were going to Galilee; however, they had to cross through Samaria. Jesus was tired, so He decided to pull off at Jacob’s watering well while His disciples went off to the city to buy some food.
About the 6th hour, Jesus asked from a Samaritan woman for a drink of water. At first reading, Jesus seems to ask a woman for a drink of water. No big deal, right? That’s where your wrong. See, Jesus, a Jew, wouldn’t be caught dead speaking to a Samaritan, especially a Samaritan woman.
Jews detested the Samaritans, & it goes back to the Northern & Southern Kingdoms of Isreal, 1000 years give or take a few centuries. With all that history behind them, you begin to understand the issue surrounding these two people’s. To say the least, Jesus shouldn’t have been talking to a Samaritan., even if He was going to die from thirst. But, Jesus does!
This amazement was shared by the Samaritan woman as well as she said, “How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” Jesus calmly retorted, “If you knew the gift of God, & you knew who it is that is saying this to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him & He would have given you living water.”
Hmm… You can’t argue with that. Jesus, a Jew, takes the most despised people for the Jews, & He talks to her , not in a condescending way but as a person.
Please keep me in prayer as I repented of my sin. I will keep my eyes focused on Him; though I at a loss to bridge the gap so I can show her Christ.
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Something I’d point out, that we have been discussing in my Evangelism class, is that the Jews did not have to go through Samaria to get where they were going. Samaria was the most straight forward route, but Jews deliberately went around Samaria, adding extra time to the journey to make the point of how much they disliked Samaritans. This makes Jesus’ push into Samaria all that more important. He was pushing past the cultural stand point so vividly by walking into Samaria.
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That seems consistent with Jesus Christ’s personality. 😃
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