Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on Apr 13, 2019

Flip Flop - The Samaria House #3

 

Scripture Reference: John 4:3-26

 

This a series entitled “Flip Flop.” One of the trends in America right now is flipping houses. Where someone has the ability to look at a place that looks trashed and needs to be torn down and make it into something desirable.

Jesus does the same thing throughout the scriptures. He takes what looks like a Flop of a situation and Flips it.

 

The impact of this series is for us to see those people and situations around us with the eyes of faith to “Flip It”!

 

There is something that happens when you “Flip It”. You move out of Theology (Knowledge) and get you into Authority (Experience).

 

John 4:3-26

3 he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. 4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 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.

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.) 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.

 

The Samaria House

Where is Samaria?

3 “he left Judea and departed again for Galilee.”

Jerusalem is in Judea and it is about 30 miles south of Galilee. Directly in the between the 2 cities is Samaria in particular the town of Sychar, where this account unfolds.

                       

The Samaritans were a mixed-race people, who had intermarried with the Assyrians centuries before. They were hated by the Jews because of this cultural mixing, and because they had their own version of the Bible (the Law) and their own temple on Mount Gerizim.

 

The hate was so bad between the 2 Cultures that the Jews traveling would almost double their journey time to avoid the Samaritans.

                       

Jesus - “3 he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. 4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 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 (about noon).”

                       

The Flop

Now we are at the site of the Flop, the place where 2 different worlds combine. The world of a “Flopped Situation” and “Vision of Possibilities.”

In his encounter with the woman at the well, Jesus broke three Jewish customs. We would call this Demo Day.

  1. He spoke to a woman.
  2. She was a Samaritan woman, a group the Jews traditionally despised.
  3. He asked her to get him a drink of water, which would have made him ceremonially unclean from using her cup or jar. This shocked the woman at the well.

 

Plumbing Issues

Jesus has to get a different water source for the people.

John 4:7-14

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.) 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.”

 

The woman at the well came to draw water at the hottest part of the day, instead of the usual morning or evening times, because she was shunned and rejected by the other women (and men) of the area for her immorality.

            Jesus knew her history but still accepted her and ministered to her because he knew the power of Living Water.

                        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.”

 

Plumbing Problems Created Structure Problems

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.”

 

The “woman at the well” is a woman whose sins are apparent, but she has not sinned alone.

            In those days, husbands divorced their wives, but wives did not divorce their husbands. If this woman was married and divorced five times, then five men divorced her.

           

            This woman was “put away” five times.

            Think of how she must feel about herself. And the man she is now living with is not her husband.  She isn’t even married this time, but just living with (or sleeping with) a man, perhaps another woman’s husband.

            This woman has been passed around by some of the male population of Sychar. Jesus’ words not only call the woman’s attention to her sins; they call our attention to the sins of the men of that city.

 

Fixing the Leak

What about the essential item… the thing that drew this whole scene together? The Water in the Well.

Water through the Bible is always for cleansing; fire is for purification.

The Laver in the Tabernacle-

Exodus 30:17-21 “17 The LORD said to Moses, 18 “You shall also make a basin of bronze, with its stand of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it, 19 with which Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet. 20 When they go into the tent of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn a food offering to the LORD, they shall wash with water, so that they may not die. 21 They shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they may not die.

                       

The Flood

The Waters of separation and the ashes of a red heifer

Water in the consecration to the priestly ministry

Water in cleansing of the leper

Israel baptized into the cloud and into the Red Sea

Israel experience of the water in the river Jordan

Jesus Baptism in the New Testament

The flow of Blood and Water when Jesus was pierced in the side.

 

“Ephesians 5:26 “to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

 

Too many times as believers we want to “Burn it Down” instead of bringing them through the water of life.

 

The Flip

The water for the Jews was a symbol of God; the Living Water.

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.      

 

As she came to the living water of Christ and he exposed her sin but there was not shame, in fact just the opposite; there was freedom.

True forgiveness brings Life and Freedom. If receiving forgiveness is full of death and shame you have not experienced Living Water.

 

This “woman” is symbolic of modern day:

            We have knowledge of religion but no Living Water.

            We have been passed out and put away from one sin to another not realizing that we are “Thirsty.”

We have been so deceived about what forgiveness and cleansing is that we would rather go around in our shamefulness.

                        …When she was trying to avoid everyone, she met the only One.

 

She left what she came for; Physical Water.  Because she got more than she ever bargained for; Living Water. 

You may not know “Why?” you are here but if you’ll allow it, the Living Word will give you more than you bargained for.

The Living Water touching the most sinful of lives can draw a whole town to Jesus.

 

            How will you see yourself today?

            How will you see others around you today?

 

 

 

 

 

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