Summary: Why do women you know go back home after the visit to the ER or the domestic violence shelter? Why does she call the police, and then refuse to press charges? Why does she go from one alcoholic to another? You have met her. Maybe someone here is her!

16 November 2005

“The Man Who Understood A Woman ”

John 4:7-4:26

The title of the lesson this morning is “The Man Who Understood A Woman.”

I knew that I might get in trouble when I settled upon that title for my message.

I didn’t tell Sierra, because I knew she would probably giggle and say, “Oh, yeah . . . that will be the day.”

I know what the guys are thinking, “Oh yeah…if only you could understand women.”

Many on both sides of the gender divide are convinced that “The man who understood a woman” is a contradiction in terms.

John Gray who wrote a best selling book declares: Men are from Mars and Women are From Venus.

This is the place where I need that joke.

The one about the guy who found a genie in a bottle who promised to grant him anything he wanted.

His first request was for a bridge to Hawaii.

The genie balked at that reminding him how impossible it would be and how much concrete it would take.

He was offered a second try.

This time he decided to be more serious.

Since he had been married and divorced a couple of times, he asked for the ability to understand women; what made them tick, and what they really meant when they asked for something.

The genie paused for a moment and then said, “Do you want that bridge four lanes or six.”

Just to balance things a bit I want to read you the Top Ten Reasons why Eve Was Created.

Fasten your seat belts.

The #10 reason why God created Eve—God was worried that Adam would frequently become lost in the garden because he would not ask for directions.

#9—God knew that one day Adam would require someone to locate and hand him the remote.

#8—God knew Adam would never go out and buy himself a new fig leaf when his wore out and would therefore need Eve to buy one for him.

#7—God knew Adam would never be able to make a doctor, dentist, or haircut appointment for himself.

The #6 reason Eve was created—God knew Adam would never remember which night to put the garbage on the curb.

#5—God knew if the world was to be populated, men would never be able to handle the pain and discomfort of childbearing.

#4—As the Keeper of the Garden, Adam would never remember where he left his tools.

#3—Apparently, Adam needed someone to blame his troubles on when God caught him hiding in the garden.

#2—As the Bible says, it is not good for man to be alone!

And the #1 reason why God created Eve---when God finished the creation of Adam, He stepped back, scratched his head, and said, “I can do better than that!”

I am making light of this, of course.

But the real tension that can sometimes exist between men and women, even husbands and wives, is not a laughing matter.

“Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus” makes a cute title, but it also clouds the reality of a lot of pain and hurt and even more a hunger to understand and be understood.

Even in the church in our day, just beneath the surface, unspoken, but not unfelt, runs a current of concern and confusion about whether men and women really understand one another.

I am not going to solve that problem today.

I will not even attempt to.

Our text today reminds us that the one we serve and follow understands us and our mates far better than we even understand ourselves.

Where Christ is Lord, there is hope for a better future—either on Mars or Venus or more importantly right here on earth.

Today, we are going to look in John 4 at the story of a meeting between Jesus and a woman He met at a well.

Jesus met a woman.

I have met her.

So have you!

You might have met her at a battered women’s shelter.

She came beaten and bruised by her boyfriend.

She has a couple of kids and no place to go because she won’t put up with the abuse anymore.

Her family had taken her in before, but no more, they said.

It’s her fault.

It has to be, they say.

Anyone who works in an emergency room has met her.

Every policeman in almost every community has met her more than once.

She calls the police for help one minute and attacks them the next when they threatened to haul her husband or boyfriend off to jail.

She may not have been a victim of abuse—at least any abuse you could treat in an emergency room.

Maybe she was just a tough girl from a tough home who was just looking for a good man who would love her.

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