AUGUST 2 - Meditation: John 4:3-26

DAY 2 - J4326N
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Today's Meditation: John 4:3-26

"He left Judea and departed again into Galilee. And He must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh He to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give Me to drink. (For His disciples were gone away into the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, How is it that Thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast Thou that living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman said unto Him, Sir, give me this water that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband; in that saidest thou truly. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshiped in this mountain: and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh and now is when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come He will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He.
John 4:3-26
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Ladder Rung: J4326N
J and N are the first and last letters of JohN.
Selection of words to enhance our passage will be:
Journey North
These two words are chosen landmarks that will further open up our passage.
4:3-26 is our reference for meditation and will be remembered in a unique way today.
At 4:00 I will bow my knees wherever I am (even if I must escape to a restroom) and I will rehearse this passage 3 times. I will utilize 2 methods (likely whispering and singing the passage.)
At 6:00 I will rehearse the passage yet again.
What a precious fellowship will be enjoyed and looked forward to in this day.
Mmmm ....
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A Journey North ... Jesus is making His way up to Galilee from Jerusalem.
Galilee, Nazareth, and Samaria are all referenced and known for being despised cities with a "slum-skum" reputation amongst the Jews. Recall Nathanael's comment early on, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" (John 1:46)
Jesus went to unlovely places to reach deeply loved people. His perimeters expanded beyond the temple ... just like our perimeters are to expand beyond the church. Indeed, if what we profess on Sunday isn't walking itself out into "Samaria" the other days of the week, I should fear if we have anything at all.
The Samaritan woman, therefore, is a beautiful illustration in summarizing the region that Jesus is walking through.
His conversation with the woman is so profound I couldn't leave a piece of it out. I shall keep my points to two:
1) Jesus tells the woman the truth about herself, which she is too ashamed to share  ... and then He tells the truth about Himself.
He knows that the "latter" truth is the greater truth, the saving truth, and the only truth that matters.
Jesus is not afraid of your dark truthful realities any more than He was of the woman's.
Please hear the message:
That's the truth for all of us. 
2) Reflect carefully on what He is saying and give these next truths that I record earnest consideration to what they mean for "you."
"...The true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."
The context of these words rides on the heels of Jesus telling the woman the truth about her life. He asserted her "shame-filled" realities in order to display to her His "life-giving" truths.
Depth of intimacy with God and worship of God does not come without being truthful to God, to others, and to ourselves.
But once we are willing to take the journey north (the regions of slum and skum, dredge and sledge) in our own hearts and minds, the Spirit is given opportunity to work and true worship is the byproduct.
Repentance leads to Redemption,
And the journey north is a necessary part of it.
What a humbling, intimate, powerful journey it is.
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Great God and Father of mysteries and dispensations,
 How great is Thy love for mankind. 
Grant that Thy holiness would tread the Samaritan village of my own heart and mind and then grant that my feet might be suitable feet for the journey north into other regions, lives, and people groups.
Hold my hand with Thy holy hand and lead me upward, forward and onward.
For Thy great redemption, Thy understanding, and Thy forgiveness, thankfulness is offered Thee. Let worship of Thee be an expression of the sinful truths Thou hast relieved from me.
Thy blood is my santification and my healing balm.
To Thee and unto Thee be all glory.
Amen.