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Sunday, December 30, 2007

At High Noon

Janel keeps reminding me of "Praying Gods Word" by...you guessed it Beth(ie) Moore. Anyway, I have held this book close to me for years and I read this from it again last night and it spoke volumes to me:
a quote by Cynthia Heald, A Womans Journey to the Heart of God

"In a sense we are all, in some way, outcasts until we meet the Lord. We are thirsty for people to love and accept us. We drink from many wells to try to satisfy our longings, but eventually, we tire of always having to draw water to get our needs met. Each of us asks, Isn't there someone who will give me water without manipulating me or requiring me to jump through hoops for it? Isn't there someone who will love me just for who I am? Then Jesus appears at high noon."

John 4

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman
1The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, 2although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

4Now he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10Jesus answered her, "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."

11"Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"

13Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

15The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."

16He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."

17"I have no husband," she replied.

Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."

19"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."

21Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

25The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

26Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."

6 comments:

Jessica said...

This post was so what I needed to read tonight! Thank you for being so candid and honest! It is so nice to know that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and accepts us, just the way we are! : )

darla said...

I have the same comment underlined! I hold that book right with my Bible.has been an extreme help to me, and when I got it I was in 10 of the strongholds chaptered out! I was so embarrassed, even more when my mom read it and I had all kinds of notes...needlss to say she asks now before diving in my books LOL

Fran said...

I absolutely love this encounter with Jesus and this woman. He loves us all....He loves us all. He is the living water. I can get my water from so many places and things that are not from Him....but, then there He is. He's waiting and ready to give me the real deal.

Thanks for sharing Jenny! I hope you are doing well.
Love,
Fran

He Knows My Name said...

what a beautiful reminder of how he loves us so...no matter what.

love you jenny ~janel

Leigh said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that post! We are all thirsty. The lord is so good.

Bev Brandon said...

Oh! I just absolutely LOVED this post. High noon. I think I will remember that phrase for a long time Jenny. The Samaritan woman is so close to my story of living in sin for 8 years as a young adult before I walked into a bar one night and met a Man who changed the whole course of my life and His name was Jesus. High noon...and Jesus asks penetrating questions---not about who is right in how we worship but where is your husband? where is your heart? OOHH I have chills from your post. I so long for my good God to change my heart this coming year---and it's all about the journey, not about solutions, not about "fix me" but all about trust ME. I just LOVE your heart and I want to tell you something...