6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: Samaritan


(JOHN 4:1-42)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. On the same day the Indy 500, also known as the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, one of the oldest and three most prestigious motorsports events in the world, was staged with approximately 300,000 in attendance and $2.5 million awarded to the winner. Last week (May 29, 2017) the surprise winner was 40-year old Japanese driver Takuma Sato, the first Asian in the sport’s storied history. He'd never finished inside the top 10 in the storied race during his seven previous starts

Sato’s victory was cheered as history-making except by sportswriter Terry Frei who had spent 30 years with the Denver Post and was four times Colorado sportswriter of the year. Frei’s father, whose fought against the Japanese in the second world war, tweeted: “Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend." In turn on Monday, the Post's president and CEO Mac Tully and editor Lee Ann Colacioppo published a short statement : “We apologize for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet sent out by one of our reporters. Terry Frei is no longer an employee of the Denver Post. It’s our policy not to comment on personnel issues. The tweet doesn't represent what we believe nor what we stand for. We hope you will accept our profound apologies."


A Sunday school teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping.”

To the Salt Sea in the north and Dead Sea in the south in Jesus’ time flows the River Jordan, in which the western portion of the river was Israel that was divided into Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. Most Jewish travelers from the south or north would be more than willing to bypass the despised and discriminated Samaritans, preferring to cross the River Jordan to head east before returning west. The Samaritans were distanced and disregarded because they were children of foreign invaders who married the local women (2 Kings 17:24) after the fall and exile of the northern kingdom. Jesus not only did not pass by Samaria, he sat down by a well where people had to get ??water. Weary is a rare translation that other translations have as “toil” (Matt 6:28) or “labor” (Matt 11:28). It need not imply he was physically tired, although rest and recuperation were welcomed at noon, one of the hottest time of the day. His visit was intentional, initiated and insistent. Sitting (v 6) by the well was as good as making onself at home. Jesus could have chosen a better place with shade or chosen a different time.

Who does God accept? How does God want us to worship Him? Why is worship more than just a day in the week? Person, past and place?

Be Delighted – Your Wants are Delivered (John 4:7-15)

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 livestock?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them 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.” (John 4:9-15)

An American chaplain in the Civil War asked a wounded soldier, “Would you like me to read you something from the Bible?” The soldier said, “I’m so thirsty, I’d rather have a drink of water.”

After he had drunk it the man said, “Could you put something under my head?” The chaplain took off his overcoat, rolled it up, and placed it under the man’s head as a pillow.

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