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Lessons At The Well

Series: Noon Bible Study

Jesus provides a principles at Jacob's well that benefits all Christians. He unpacks the message about racism, worship, and salvation. Minister Perseus Poku highlight the doctrine of worship and God's plan for true worship.

Speaker: Perseus Poku

October 14, 2020
John 4:1-27'>John 4:1-27

Perseus Poku

Staff Minister

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LESSONS AT THE WELL
John 4:1-27
By Minister Perseus Poku


The encounter between Jesus and the woman at the well was not serendipity but appointed. Verse 4
tells us it was necessary for Jesus to go through Samaria. There was an appointment which would yield
an opportunity for the outcast to be redeemed.
It is in this setting that Jesus sets up school. There is a lesson on race, gender, and worship that needs to
be communicated. In short Jesus wanted to break down specific cultural norms.
The Role of Tradition
Traditions that promote the principles of God should be embraced. Those that are contrary to God’s will
should be rejected.
Jacob’s well represents cultural traditions that influence identity. (verses 4-5)
A piece of land acquired by the patriarch Jacob from the sons of Hamor (Gen. 33:19). It is located on the
southeast of Mt. Gerizim.
Moving from the Natural to the Spiritual
Jews do not associate with Samaritans
Jesus: “Will you give me a drink?”-verse 7
[*verse 8 represents the opening bracket, the disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.*
*verse 27 is the closing bracket of this context*]
Woman: “You are a Jew”, “ I am a Samaritan woman”-vs. 9
Historical Perspective
The discord between the Samaritans and Jews originates from the
8th Century BC. After the Assyrian captivity there were
disagreements about the true place of worship. The Samaritans
believed the true place of worship was Gerizim located in the
north and rejected the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem (6th
Century BC). The Assyrians exiled the Samaritans and introduced
them to foreign gods. As a result, the Jews were offended by the
Samaritans theology and customs.
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Jesus: “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.”-verse 10
Additional Objections
Woman: “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep”
“Where can you get this living water”-verse 11
(as of spring water not like in a cistern)
“Are you greater than our father Jacob?”-verse 12
Jesus: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again but whoever drinks the water I give them
will never thirst”-verse 13

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