Presentation on theme: "I AM series “I am (giving) living water” John 4:4-42 facilitator: Ed van Ouwerkerk."— Presentation transcript:
I AM series “I am (giving) living water” John 4:4-42 facilitator: Ed van Ouwerkerk
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John 4: Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I 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 won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” 25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.” 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
Samaritans A small population that had been deported to Assyria in 722 BC from the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim, were brought back by Shalmaneser, and they intermarried with gentiles against the ‘will of God’.
Jesus doesn’t literally say “I AM the living water”, but He says “whoever who drinks the water I give him will never thirst” (John 4:14). Notice for this John 7:37-38 where Jesus declares what drinking this water does: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” Actually He explains that the water He gives is the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Jesus. Therefore He makes the connection to worshipping in spirit and truth in the second half of the conversation with the Samaritan woman.
Observation Questions 1.Who are the people that are involved in the event in this passage? The Samaritan woman, Jesus, and the people in town. 2. What did Jesus ask from the woman when they first met? “Will you give me a drink?” vs Why was the woman surprised at Jesus' request? Because Jews don’t associate with Samaritans. vs 9
4. What topics do Jesus and the woman discuss? - the gift of God (vs 10), - who it is that asks her for a drink (vs. 10), - she should have asked Him living water (vs 10), - the fact that Jesus hasn’t anything to draw water and the well is deep (vs 11), - where can Jesus possibly get this living water (vs 11), - the question whether He is greater than ‘our father Jacob’, who gave the well and used it for himself, his sons and his animals (vs 12), - the temporary thirst-quenching nature of earthly water and the everlasting thirst-quenching nature of water He provides (vss 13-14) - the woman’s question to give this type of water, so she doesn’t need to come all the time to get water (vs 15)
5. What do we know about the woman's life? That she had five husbands and that the husband she has now isn’t her husband (vss 16-18) 6. Who does the woman thinks that the man is? A prophet (vs 19) 7. What is the woman’s next question? Where to worship (vs 20) 8. Does Jesus answer the question about where to worship? No, he says that the location isn’t important, but who deserves our worship: worship of the Father in spirit and truth. 9. Who does Jesus say that He is? That he is the promised Messiah, the Christ (vss 25-26) 10. What does the woman do in response to her conversation with Jesus? She goes and tells the people in town what she experienced (vss, 28, 29)
11. How do the town's people respond? They came to Jesus (vs 30), they believed in him because of the woman’s testimony (vs 39), they urged him to stay (vs 40), and many more became believers (vs 41) in Him as the Savior of the world (vs 42). Discussion and Analysis Questions 12. What did Jesus and the woman have in common? They were tired and thirsty (vss 6, 15) 13. What did Jesus mean by living water? See Matthew 5:6, which says: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”. Good for people who thirst for righteousness.
14. Where does the living water come from? See John 6:35; Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty”. This water comes from Jesus. 15. What does it do? See John 7:37 where Jesus says “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”. Jesus is thirst-quenching 16. Who in this passage received the living water and how did they receive it? The people in town. They received it by hearing through the woman’s testimony and hearing by themselves. 17. Why did the woman believe that Jesus was a prophet? He knew her whole life.
18. What do we learn about Jewish worship? In Jerusalem because the Jews know salvation (vs 20) 19. What do we learn about Samaritan worship? On the mountain as their fathers did, but not knowing why (vs 20, 22) 20. What do we learn about worship from Jesus? True worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, by indwelling of the Holy Spirit and knowing the truth (Jesus and the Bible). 21. What kind of worshippers does God want? True worshippers (vs 23)
22. What does it mean to worship in Spirit and in truth? See Matthew 22:37, Matthew 15:8, and Romans 8:26. Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me”. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 23. What do we learn about the nature of God? He seeks the souls of all people.
24. What does it mean that salvation is from the Jews? Salvation comes through a Jew: Jesus. 25. What would the Messiah come to do? Explain everything (vs 25) 26. Does this event tell us anything about God's interest in you? Just as He was interested in reaching this woman, He is interested in you, offering you living water.