The restoration of Samaria.

John 4:1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 
2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 
3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 
4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 
8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 
12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus / Yahshua answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 
14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”            

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 
18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 
20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Yahshua / Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 
22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 
23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Here we see an exchange between a Samaritan Woman and the Messiah of Israel, but more than that. There are things going on here that are not so obvious. For instance, it is impossible to pass from Jerusalem to Galilee without going through Samaria. And Jews despised Samaritans, because Samaritans had married outside of Israel, and took wives wives who were not of the Faith, But who practiced idol worship. They had broken covenant with YHWH God their Elohim, therefore, and enmity existed between the tribes of Samaria and Judah.

But as surely as the Son of God was seated at the well, these were the lost sheep He was referring to when He said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

And so, He was exactly where the Father had positioned Him, among the lost sheep in Samaria. Thus, the teaching begins with this one woman, who was indeed a sinner.

He says, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 
12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 
14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
(Vs 10-14)

She doesn’t understand yet, but she will when she believes, she knows that the Messiah is coming, but is not yet aware that it is he who is asking her to draw water for Him.

Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 
For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
(Vs 7-9)

She knows that Messiah is a Jew, and that Jews don’t care to have anything to do with Samaritan’s.

We are about to see the meaning of, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
 (John 7:37, 38) as it will come to life in this encounter at the well.

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”            Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 
22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 
23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

She gathered the whole city to Yahshua for teaching saying, the woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him.  (John 4:28, 29)

So. the teaching is in High gear now, and Messiah Yahshua, and His disciple spent 3 days and 3 nights in this Samaritan Village teaching everyone whom this woman could gather together the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Yahshua did not condemn these People of Samaria who had lost their way, but he restored them through The Word of God, and he used this woman as the means to do exactly what He was called to do. He is calling those who are lost back to the Ancient Paths. And he is still doing this even today.

but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ (Nehemiah 1:9) 

Be restored to God the Father, our Elohim. Follow Yahshua, and Keep to His Way, His Truth, and His Life!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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