Summary: Open Doors Divine Appointments, part 6

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Divine Appointments, part 6

John 4:3-26

November 3, 2013

The biblical idea for intentional living is walking in wisdom. The psalmist prayed, 'teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.' Or as we saw last few weeks by Paul, walk in wisdom toward those who do not know Christ by making the best use of our time. We do this when we seek to accomplish as much spiritual good as we can with the relationships God has placed in our lives. Paul is talking about living intentionally. So Paul asked the Colossian church to pray that God would open a door to declare the gospel and that he would make it clear. Remember an open door is a New Testament metaphor describing how God opens an opportunity for the gospel to be shared and that sharing is fruitful. So we ask God to open doors, we look for open doors, and we walk through those doors by sharing the gospel.

Last last week we said that the gospel is narrow, meaning that Jesus is the only way to God. This week we see an open door in John 4 where God the Father leads Jesus to an encounter with a woman and at the same time opens her heart to receive the gospel. This a divine appointment, God weaving two lives together for a divine purpose.

Jesus was Intentionally Purposeful (3-5)

We don't know why Jesus was leaving Judea except that John tells us that 'he had to go through Samaria.' Jesus lived intentionally, as one sent, and God the Father was taking him on the next leg of his journey. We see God fulfilling his sovereign plan through the life of his Son and his people. God weaving two lives together not just for her salvation but the salvation of her people. There were two routes one could take from Judea to Galilee. The most direct route was to go straight north through Samaria which took about three days. But any 'good Jew' would go east to Jericho then follow the Jordan valley coming back west toward Galilee which took about six days. A 'good Jew' would take the longer route because there was intense animosity between the two groups - religiously, racially, and politically - which is reflected in this Jewish saying, 'may I never set eyes on Samaria.' Jesus was intentionally purposeful; he lived on mission. God did not send him into the world to condemn the world but to save the world.

Jesus Was Intentionally Relational (6-10)

Jesus comes to this well weary from travel; he is both tired and hungry. The stage is set, enter a woman from Samaria to draw water. God is weaving two lives together, a divine appointment with destiny. It is a very awkward encounter but Jesus acts totally oblivious to the social, political, religious, and racial tensions. He asks the woman, 'give me a drink.' How we see people determines how we treat people. But she is not so oblivious, 'how can you, a Jew ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?' John tells us why she responded this way, 'because Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.' Without skipping a beat, Jesus responds, '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.'

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