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February 13, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Numbers 5 – Numbers 6
Audio: Numbers 5 – Numbers 6

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life;
whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life,
but the wrath of God remains on him.”
(John 3:36 ESV)

John 4 (ESV)

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying 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 water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he 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.”

27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?”28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.

31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

43 After the two days he departed for Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) 45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast.

46 So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.51 As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. 54 This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.

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  1. Testimony

    Our testimonies of what God has done in our lives has great significance in building the Kingdom of God. Even if we know very little, what we know can be shared and should be shared. 

    But did you know that even if you don't believe but have heard things that cause you to question whether or not Jesus is the Messiah can bring people to Christ? A testimony doesn't have to be how you got saved or be some cataclysmic event. It can be a simple encounter you had at a "well" as Jesus revealed Himself to you – maybe for the first time.

    The woman at the well knew very little. When Jesus told her how many husbands she had in her life and the one she was with wasn't her husband, she said, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet" (John 4:19). 

    After she said to Jesus, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things" (John 4:25), Jesus said, "I who speak to you am he" (John 4:26). She knew a little more about Jesus at that point but she didn't believe.

    The women left her water jar at the well and went into town giving testimony of what just happened. She said in John 4:29, "Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”

    She questioned if Jesus could be the Christ. She didn't believe He was at that point but was questioning if He was because of what He revealed to her about her life. This questioning caused people to go to Jesus to see for themselves if He could be the Christ. 

    Then in John 4:42 we read, "They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world."

    Even though John doesn't reveal if the woman believed, her testimony of her encounter with Jesus at the well was enough for people to be curious if this was the Messiah – and they believed that He was in fact the Savior of the world!

    Not everyone is called to teach. Not everyone is called to preach. But we are all called to make disciples. 

    Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

    This woman made disciples just by speaking to people about what Jesus said to her and asking if Jesus was the Christ.

    Reflections . . . 

    Has Jesus ever reveled Himself to you in a personal way? 

    Has He ever taught you things about yourself you didn't know?

    Have you ever told anyone what you've learned about Him?

    Has your testimony ever caused people to become interested in God?

    Are you making disciples? 

  2. What abundant life we have in Christ! I'm so thankful for God's placing men and women in my life over the years who had the joy and peace I so longed for. That's all I was looking for. I think that's all most are looking for. And we have it available to us in abundance, overflowing in the Spirit, a river we can drink from! To a person, every man or woman I've known who had this joy and peace has been a Christian.  

    This is my favorite verse in today's reading:

    "Jesus said to her, 'Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'" John 4:13-14

    It reminds me of one of my favorite Scriptures, one I experience personally in Christ as a way of life:

    “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
    whose trust is the LORD.
    He is like a tree planted by water,
    that sends out its roots by the stream,
    and does not fear when heat comes,
    for its leaves remain green,
    and is not anxious in the year of drought,
    for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
    Jeremiah 17:7-8

    Thank you, God, for teaching me to trust You, and giving me TRUE LIFE! Thank you! 

    ~:::~

    "Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.'" John 6:35

    "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh….This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever." John 6:51, 58

    "On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified." John 7:37-39

    Amen and amen and amen! 

    1. I'm so thankful for God's placing men and women in my life over the years who had the joy and peace I so longed for. 

      Me too, Michelle!

      We've had a lot of godly people show us Christ in how they lived and loved more than what they said. 

  3. So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”

    Sometimes I think most are like this today, unless they see signs and wonders they will not believe. I wonder though, even if some did see signs and wonders, would they believe? 

    In any case, Jesus still has compassion for this man and heals his son. 

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