Chapter 19

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(John 4:1-4)  When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John [the Baptist], (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) [Why not?] He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria [Heb: watch-station].

1.      (Mat 3:11-13)  I [John the Baptist] indeed baptize you with water unto repentance [to think differently, i.e. reconsider (mor. feel compunction):--repent.]: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire [unto salvation]: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

a.      repentance = Dictionary Synonyms: regret, sorrow, remorse, shame, contriction.

2.      The Nelson Study Bible: Samaria was the region between Judea and Galilee. The shortest route from Judea in the south to Galilee in the north went through Smaria. The journey took three days. The Jews often avoided Samaria by going around it along the Jordan River.

3.      Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary: Samaria withstood an attack by Ben-Hadad, king of Syria, but it finally fell to the Assyrians in 722-721 B.C., and its inhabitants were carried [away] into captivity. The city was repopulated by “people from Babylon” [foreign captives from other lands], all bringing their pagan idoltries with them. Intermarriage of native Jews with these foreigners led to the mixed race of SAMARITANS so despised by full-blooded Jews during the time of Jesus.


(John 4:5-8)  Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar [Heb: an intoxicant, i.e. intensely alcoholic liquor:--strong drink /// to become tipsy], near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour [about noon]. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat [Gk: food].)


(John 4:9,10)  Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God [What is that?], and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.


(John 4:11,12)  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?


(John 4:13,14)  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

1.      (John 7:37-39)  In the last day [the conclusion of the Feast of Tabernacles], that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

a.      belly = Gk: ("hollow"); a cavity, i.e. (spec.) the abdomen; by impl. the matrix; fig. the heart: womb.

2.      (Rev 22:1-5)  And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations [sounds like the one thousand year Millennium]. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

(John 4:15-20)  The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her [leading her into repentance (reminding her of her circumstances)], Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain [Mount Gerizim, the mount of blessings]; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.


(John 4:21-24)  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit [beyond physical aides (such as Mount Gerizim)] and in truth [i.e., in harmony with God’s written truth, the Bible].


(John 4:25-27)  The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?


(John 4:28-30)  The woman then left her waterpot [Why?], and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ [the Messiah]? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.