Tuesday, April 16
7 A woman from 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 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.)
In a day and time where political correctness and cultural awareness is on the forefront of every media outlet’s agenda, you have to realize that culture and times have not always been so focussed on equality. When Jesus stopped to take a break at Jacob’s well He was already in violation of Jewish culture just by being in Samaria. When the woman arrived, the violations really began to snowball. Speaking to a woman who wasn’t your wife was a not allowed, much less a Samaritan woman. The cherry on top of it all was that Jesus had asked her for a drink which meant that He would’ve had to use her cup or jar. This would have made Him ceremonially unclean and unfit to serve, or even worship, until a priest could properly cleanse Him. Jesus, being a Rabbi, knew all too well what He was doing. In spite of all of these stigmas being in play, Jesus saw fit to share the love of God with Her. Are there certain stereotypes, or personalties that you have a hard time accepting, not to mention reaching out to? It doesn’t have to be a racial difference; maybe it’s differing political views or those with a certain lifestyle that you see as unacceptable. Whatever it is, they need a touch from God every bit as much as anyone else. Jesus didn’t concern Himself with what others thought or any personal biasses, He concerned Himself with the condition of her soul. If you have difficulty accepting someone for any reason, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what’s going on in your heart rather than complaining to Him about what must be wrong with their’s. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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