Week 45 Day 4
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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John 4: 4 And He had to pass through Samaria.
The way to Galilee from Jerusalem most directly would take the Jewish traveler through Samaria. Most Jews opted instead to go through Perea East of the Jordan River, a long way around. Why? Their hatred, and I believe fear of the Samaritan people. The hatred stemmed from the fact that they were the people who had been left behind as unworthy of transport during the great Jewish captivity of 586 BC. These people had intermarried with the other people of the area and had over time become their own cultural group following an amalgam worship practices of the old Northern kingdom if Israel, and the neighboring tribal groups. Much of the “trouble” Jesus found himself caught up n was His natural bent as the Holy Son of God to be gracious to any one who came openly to Him and acknowledged Him.
Two thing I would have you take away from this small text. 1. Jesus was without fear. He knew no doubt that his passing through Samaria would leave a lasting impression on the people there. The application here is that when we enter into strange, foreign, frightening “neighborhoods” if we go on the power of the Holy Spirit we cannot help but make some sort of difference. 2.) The direct route is always the best. If we want to have any chance at all of being reconciled with people who for good reason mistrust us and avoid us we must there fore go, and “as we are going, MAKE DISCIPLES1