Heavenly Father, give us wisdom, understanding, insight, and revelation, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
John 4: 19-26, Woman of Samaria, Part 3.
VV 19-20l 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.”
Sensing that Jesus had prophetic ability, she called Him a prophet and started to talk about religion and God.
VV 21-22, 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.
Jesus downplayed the place of worship. The Samaritan’s ignorant of God led to erroneous worship. Salvation was for the Jews first before the Gentiles, Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek”.
V 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.”
True worshipper worship God beyond the physical, reaching out and connecting to the Holy Spirit. True worshipper worship God according to biblical truth with sound doctrine and correct theology.
V 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
When she the Messiah would be coming, Jesus revealed that He was the Messiah. She became the first person in the New Testament to know Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus replied, “I AM” He who speak to you. Exodus 3:4, “I AM who I AM’’. “I AM” is the tetragrammaton YHWH” in Hebrew. The God who spoke to Moses in the burning bush was Jesus before His incarnation. This phenomenon is called a Christophany.
Heavenly Father, You came to seek and save the lost, the weak, the poor, the rejected, and the marginalized. May we never walk away from You unchanged after every encounter with You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.