Day 4: John 4:27-42

Stories: Samaritan Salvation

Curiosities: Cultural background on Rabbis speaking with women

Why, after being so clear with the woman, does Jesus go back to being obscure with His disciples about His “food?”

John alludes to the fact that Jesus sent out His disciples to heal and testify as stated in the other Gospels, yet he doesn’t mention it himself. Jesus gives them an illustration about harvesting.

The Samaritan village follows Jesus because of the woman’s testimony and then they hear it for themselves. It is interesting to note that John specifically points out that their faith happened first from her word and then was backed up by meeting Jesus. This reinforces Jesus’ point to His disciples about reaping being easy after the hard work of others.

Paradoxes: none

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