The Gospel of John 4:1-42
Jewish man meets Samaritan woman alone at the heat of the day gathering water. Awkward. Oh, and that Jewish man is also God. He knows things that he shouldn’t know. He says things that sound too good to be true. Could he really be the one?
Weekly Memory Verse: John 4:24
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Monday, October 17 Read John 4:1-26. Take note of how the Samaritan woman handles her awkward conversation with God. Do we detect a bit of sarcasm here? What is Jesus really saying to her? When does she start to really hear it?
Tuesday, October 18 Read John 4:26-42. What a transition from defensive sarcasm to evangelist! How does the townspeople’s reaction show us Jesus’ desire for us?
Wednesday, October 19 After reviewing John 4:1-42, read Isaiah 55. Both Jesus and Isaiah aren’t really talking about physical thirst. What is their common message about what really satisfies?
Thursday, October 20 After reviewing John 4:1-42, read Romans 3. The woman brings up a hot argument about where real worship should happen. If Jews and Gentiles are all in sin, how are any of us capable of truly worshipping God?
Friday, October 21 After reviewing John 4:1-42, read Matthew 9:35-38 and 1 Corinthians 3:1-9. We live in a results-oriented society. What is our role in doing God’s work? What about results?
Saturday, October 22 After reviewing John 4:1-42, read John 19:35 and John 20:30-31. It’s relatively easy to believe what you see. What does John 4:41-42 show us about faith in Jesus?
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