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Have you ever read the story of the woman at the well? It’s found in the Bible in the 4th chapter of the Gospel of John (John 4:7-39) . If you haven’t read it before, or haven’t read or in a while, you may want to read it before continuing reading this post.

It is one of those stories that we so-called liberal Christians love because it shows something Conservative Christians don’t really seem to want to understand….Jesus was more concerned about people than “morality”.

Everything, and I do mean everything that Jesus said and did in this encounter with the “woman at the well: was wrong, violating either the mores ( the accepted traditional customs and usages of a particular social group), or “The Law” as thee people of His time understood it.

1) Jesus spoke to a Samaritan and asked for assistance.
The text puts it mildly, when it says that Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans. The Samaritans were to say the least generally despised by the Israelites, and considered them worse than Gentiles.

2) Jesus spoke with a woman and carried on a conversation with her as an equal.

3) Despite the fact that Jesus knows, and point out that the woman had had “five husbands” and s living with a man she us not married to, Jesus does not speak a word of condemnation.

How many times have you heard people say it is their “job” as “Christians” to point out the sins of others? Yet here we have Jesus not saying anything to the woman about her :sin:, not telling her to leave the man she is living with….he is “silent” about her “lover” and her “life-choices”.

Instead he answers her questions and teaches her.

4) It is to this woman that he FIRST reveals that he is the Messiah!!
John 4:25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

5) He sends/”allows” the woman to go and “evangeligize”

When people say that Jesus only chose men to be his “messengers” this is one story they need to re-read honestly!!

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I suppose I shouldn’t be too hard on Conservatives for not getting these points. The disciples who lived in close contact with Jesus took awhile to get them.

It is a good thing that Jesus did not wait until they did…..

John 4:39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

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Comments on: "What Jesus is concerned about. – a Hippie Rant" (1)

  1. It seems that the people whom Jesus often spoke to first, were the”worst of the worst.” These were those who were looked down upon and despised by society. In this case Jesus did not need to give them long sermons to tell them that they were sinners: They already knew it!

    In contrast, Jesus saved His long scathing sermons for the upstanding leaders of society, oftentimes religious leaders. These were people who thought they were better than the common sinners (Luke 17:9-24). They were his toughest audiences because they were foolish enough to believe that they had their sins under control. (Matthew 9:11-13)

    Fortunately, there are some evangelicals today that follow Jesus’ practice by going to the sick, the poor, and the ones often considered “immoral” and helping them with their personal struggles. For instance, there are many Christian charities that find young women who are thinking about having an abortion, and lovingly help them place their child up for adoption instead, allowing them the comfort of knowing that their child is taken care of, even though they lack the resources to take care of them themselves.

    This is the most effective way of preaching repentance: showing love.

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