Jesus and the Samaritans

John 4: 7-30. I am reading John, and I have come across an incident that is not covered in the other gospel books. Twice during this incident it is brought up that Jesus should not be talking to a Samaritan woman. The woman herself says in John 4: 9 “The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a women of Samaria?”

This is a significant encounter. He is talking with a woman from another culture. That is something that God wants us to do: interact with people who are different from us. Jesus was not supposed to be talking with a Samaritan. The woman goes on to say, “‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria? For Jews, have no dealings with Samaritans.’” The disciples’ reaction to this encounter is telling. John 4:27 “Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman,…”

At some point, Jesus is trying to make a point about being a good neighbor. From Wikipedia, “The parable of the ‘Good Samaritan’ is a parable told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. It is about a traveler who is stripped of clothing, beaten, and left half dead…” A priest and a Levite come along but neither stops. “Then a Samaritan comes by. Samaritans and Jews despise each other, but the Samaritan helps the injured man.” I have heard this story many times, but never had it pointed out that it was highly unusual for a Jew to have a Samaritan be “the good person” in the story. “The Good Samaritan” turns out to be the good neighbor.

Both of these excerpts are examples of how we can use Jesus Christ as a role model.

Note: Notice encounters with people from divergent “groups” get along.

Prayer – Pray that you can grow as a person and a person of God

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