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  • Dr Ed Young: Right at thebeginning of the earthly
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  • ministry of Jesus, we read inJohn chapter number 3 and John
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  • chapter number 4, about twoindividuals who came to
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  • know Christ.
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  • These two individuals could notbe more different.
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  • The first was Nicodemus, came toJesus by night on a rooftop.
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  • He asked, he made that request.
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  • The second is in John chapter 4.There's a woman whom Jesus
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  • sought out in the middle of theday by a well.
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  • And Nicodemus and the woman atthe well could not be
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  • too different.
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  • Nicodemus had everything,economically, politically,
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  • socially, religiously.
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  • You couldn't find any area oflife in which Nicodemus was not
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  • at the very pinnacle in humanterms of success.
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  • Now, the woman at the well,yeah, different story.
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  • Look on the Internet to seeabout her, you'd probably find
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  • a blank.
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  • Married five times, living withsomeone who wasn't her husband,
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  • had no standing, no position,her biographical sketch would be
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  • about one sentence.
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  • Nicodemus would have pages andpages of his accomplishments.
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  • Totally two different people.
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  • Nicodemus, a somebody, right?
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  • Nicodemus was a somebody.
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  • The woman at the well, by anymeasure, she was a nobody.
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  • Nobody.
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  • But notice something.
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  • They both had exactly the sameneed.
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  • Both of them did.
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  • And what was that?
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  • It involves two words.
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  • It involves spirit, and truth.
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  • Now we come to the fourthchapter of the Gospel, John,
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  • fourth chapter, we read there inan amazing little verse right up
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  • front, verse 3. First he, Jesus,left Judea and went again
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  • into Galilee.
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  • And he, Jesus, had to passthrough Samaria.
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  • Now, it sounds like, as he wasmaking that journey, he had no
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  • choice, if he were going fromJudea, Jerusalem to Galilee, he
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  • had to go through Samaria.
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  • But the Orthodox Jews, theywould not go through the land
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  • of Samaria.
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  • You say, why was that?
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  • You see, Samaria was roughly thelocation of the northern kingdom
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  • of Israel.
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  • And when the Assyrians came,they conquered that area, it
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  • became a part of Assyria, andnow we have Samaria is there
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  • owned by another country.
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  • And what the Assyrians did, theywould take people from all over
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  • the world in their battles, andthey would ship them and put
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  • them into Samaria with theremnant of Jews that were there.
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  • And therefore, theyinter-married.
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  • So we have people from all overthe world who were brought to
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  • Samaria, and they intermarriedwith the remnant of Jews that
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  • were there, and, therefore, theyhad a religion that was not
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  • completely Jewish.
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  • The Samaritans believed in thefirst five books of the Bible.
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  • They did not believe in Joshuato Malachi.
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  • And they lived on that basis.
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  • And the other religion, theytook in from all the different
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  • cults and pagan worshipsituations, and they
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  • incorporated that into Judaism.
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  • And, therefore, the Samaritanshad a
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  • half-Jewish, half-pick-a-number.
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  • And, therefore, when thesouthern kingdom of Judah was
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  • taken away into captivity, intoBabylonian, when the Jews went
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  • back to reinhabit the southernkingdom, they were rebuilding
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  • the temple.
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  • Remember, we've read about it.
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  • There we have Jeremiahrebuilding the temple, Ezra
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  • rebuilding the temple, and thoseSamaritans came down and said,
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  • we want to help you.
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  • You need help.
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  • We're willing to help and workwith you.
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  • And Nehemiah said, we won't havenothing to do with you, you're
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  • no longer Jews!
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  • You sold out to other religions,you're not Jewish, get
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  • outta here!
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  • And, therefore, it began aracial divide, it began a
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  • religious divide, they began aprejudice and hatred that grew
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  • and grew through the years.
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  • Therefore, you know the storyJesus told about the
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  • good Samaritan.
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  • When the Jews heard that story,they said, good Samaritan, they
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  • said, that's an oxymoron, noSamaritan's good.
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  • They were evil.
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  • They built their own temple onMount Garrison.
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  • whereas a temple was meant onMount Zion, and they were
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  • in competition.
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  • And the Samaritans were thefirst I know of to engage in
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  • revisionist history.
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  • What is that?
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  • They took everything thathappened in the temple, and they
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  • transported it and said, no, itdidn't happen on Zion, it
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  • happened on Garrison, ithappened in our
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  • Samaritan temple.
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  • So there was hatred,competition, they had nothing to
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  • do with one another, and no Jewwould travel through Samaria,
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  • they just didn't do it.
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  • Here we read in the Gospel ofJohn, Jesus says, I must go
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  • through Samaria.
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  • Now, when I first looked at thisfourth chapter of John, I built
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  • in a little outline thatdemonstrated how Jesus was
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  • always breaking down barriersthat divided people.
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  • He broke down racial barriers,religious barriers, cultural
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  • barriers, language barriers,intellectual barriers.
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  • You can look at that wholechapter, you see Jesus was
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  • always going against the grain.
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  • All the people were moving thisway and he was swimming upstream
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  • in the name of God.
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  • And now we see he must needs goto Samaria.
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  • And then he went to Samaria, andhe goes into Sychar, and there
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  • is a well, and look at verse 6of chapter 4 John, it says, and
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  • Jacob's well was there.
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  • By the way, just as an aside,I've been to Jacob's well.
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  • I've had 'em drop a bucket downand draw water from the bottom
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  • of the well, it's 105 feet deep.
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  • It is clear water, clean water,but I confess I took only a sip
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  • out of a cup.
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  • I didn't know about what kind ofwater that really was, but I
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  • discovered it's very clean, veryclear, it was cool water.
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  • Another thing I remembered aboutbeing there is on one occasion I
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  • went across the street and had avegetarian meal right there in a
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  • little cafe.
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  • But that doesn't have anythingto do with the sermon.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • So I know Jacob's well very,very well from
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  • personal experience.
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  • So, and he says, Jesus wasweary.
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  • Notice that in the sixth verse.
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  • Jesus being wearied from hisjourney.
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  • Is it any wonder?
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  • Jesus got tired, ladies andgentlemen.
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  • That was the humanity in him.
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  • I'm sure he was thirsty.
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  • And the apostles had went to getsome food, and Jesus sat down by
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  • the well there, tired and weary.
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  • And then there was thisSamaritan woman.
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  • If that had been me, I don'tthink I would have paid any
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  • attention to her.
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  • You see, we use fatigue as anexcuse for not doing a lot of
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  • things, don't we?
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  • The best teaching comes fromtired teachers.
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  • Football games are always wonusually by tired players in the
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  • fourth quarter, have you noticedthat?
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  • And many times, we use fatigue,and we turn our eyes, we close
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  • our eyes, we close our ears, andwe shut down our hearts, because
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  • if we see that there is need outthere, there's someone who's
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  • hurting, we say, I, I, I just, Ijust don't want to get
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  • involved there.
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  • Oh, we hear a cry for help.
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  • Oh, I just can't, I'm tired,I've got all I can do.
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  • You know, and we close ourhearts.
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  • Jesus was fatigued, but he hadhis eyes open, he had his
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  • heart open.
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  • And that's just what we are todo.
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  • I know people in this body offaith, and they seek out the
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  • least, the last, the lost, thebroken, the dying, the hurting,
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  • the abused, those who arestruggling, and they go there
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  • with everything they have.
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  • You see, we're reticent to dothat because it's gonna take
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  • some of my time from this orthat or the other, and family,
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  • and beside that, I'm alreadytired.
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  • Jesus was weary, but look whathappened.
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  • And then we see an interestingdialogue here, a give and take.
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  • Verse 7. There came a woman ofSamaria to draw water.
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  • Jesus said to her, give me adrink.
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  • In other words, he requestedfrom her what?
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  • Kindness.
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  • A request of kindness.
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  • And look at her response.
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  • How is it that you, being a Jew,ask of me a drink since I am a
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  • Samaritan woman?
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  • For Jews have no dealings withSamaritans.
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  • Look at everything he wasbreaking down.
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  • He was talking not only to aSamaritan, but to a Samaritan
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  • woman in public.
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  • Listen, the Jews were taughtnever to look at another woman
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  • when you are in public.
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  • They were taught that.
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  • In fact, if you were walkingdown the streets of Jerusalem in
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  • Jesus' day, and you saw a womanpass, you should close your eyes
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  • and look away.
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  • It would not matter if thatwoman were your wife, or your
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  • mother, or your sister, or youraunt, didn't make any
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  • difference, you were not to lookat that woman on the streets.
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  • You are to close your eyes andthat's the reason, that's how
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  • the Pharisees operated.
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  • They call them the bruised andbattered Pharisees, because
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  • they'd close their eyes, theywere always falling down,
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  • stumbling over things, and theywere all beat up.
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  • I know some men who stumble andfall when they come in contact
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  • with a woman, but it's notbecause they have their
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  • eyes closed.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • And this is what happened there.
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  • Jesus said, give me a drink.
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  • Act of kindness.
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  • She responded, man, you are aJew and I'm a Samaritan, I'm a
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  • woman and you're a man, what inthe world.
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  • I mean, look at that.
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  • But you know, I woulda juststopped there had I been Jesus,
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  • wouldn't you?
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  • But he didn't.
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  • Look at the next request hemakes.
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  • Jesus answered and said to her,if you knew the gift of God, who
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  • it is that says to you give me adrink, you would have asked him,
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  • and he would have given youliving water.
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  • And then look at how sheresponds.
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  • And this is he appealed to hercuriosity.
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  • He said, you know, I would giveyou living water.
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  • By the way, you know differencebetween still water and
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  • living water?
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  • Still water is just water youhave in a well, a water where
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  • there's no spring.
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  • If there's a spring, it's livingwater.
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  • When you drive around and youlook at lakes or ponds in the
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  • distance, you know how you cantell whether it's a spring-fed
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  • lake or not?
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  • You can tell by whether or notthere are lilipads.
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  • If there are lilipads, it'sspring-fed, if there's no
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  • lilipads, in all probabilityit's catchbasin.
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  • How many of you knew that?
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  • That's what I thought, very few.
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  • Jesus said, I would have givenyou living water.
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  • He perked her curiosity.
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  • And she said, sir, you havenothing to draw with, and the
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  • well is deep.
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  • Where then, do you get livingwater?
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  • Are you greater than our fatherJacob?
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  • Are you?
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  • Who gave us the well and drankof it himself, and his sons, and
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  • his cattle?
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  • In other words, now shereprimands him again.
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  • Said, are you bigger than Jacobthe prophet?
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  • By the way, remember they hadonly five books in the Bible,
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  • all the Samaritans recognized.
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  • The only prophet they knew wasMoses.
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  • Only prophet they knew wasMoses.
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  • She said, who do you think youare?
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  • And then Jesus, and he keeps on,then he appeals to her desire.
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  • Verse 13.
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  • Jesus answered and said to her,everyone who drinks of this
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  • water will thirst again, butwhoever drinks of the water that
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  • I will give him shall neverthirst.
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  • But the water that I will givehim will become in him a well of
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  • water springing up to eternallife.
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  • See, he moved to spiritualthings, a well within her that
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  • would flow through her, it wasthe Holy Spirit, the water of
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  • the Spirit flowing through her.
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  • Said, that's what I am offering,but she interpreted what Jesus
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  • was saying, literally, just likeNicodemus had.
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  • Remember Nicodemus?
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  • You must be born again, he said,well, it's a geriatric thing,
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  • you go by and-- You see, heinterpreted that literally.
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  • She did the same thing.
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  • This water, I'll have to go backto the well and get
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  • thirsty again.
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  • Literal.
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  • And Jesus was showing them hewas talking about living water,
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  • the Holy Spirit, which keeps oncleansing and welling up and
  • 00:14:47.209 --> 00:14:50.913
  • filling us up inside, and lookat the response of that.
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  • The woman said to him, sir, giveme this water so I will not be
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  • thirsty nor come all this way todraw water.
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  • See, she responded literally.
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  • And then Jesus changed the wholething with his next request.
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  • Look at this.
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  • He said to her, go to yourhusband and come here.
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  • The woman answered and said, Ihave no husband.
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  • Jesus said to her, you havecorrectly said.
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  • In other words, you told thetruth, I have no husband, for
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  • you have had five husbands, andthe one with him you now have is
  • 00:15:26.548 --> 00:15:30.219
  • not your husband.
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  • For this you have said truly.
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  • And the woman said to him, sir,I perceive that you are
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  • a prophet.
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  • What is that all about?
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  • This was a sorry woman.
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  • She'd been through fivemarriages, she was living with
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  • someone who she wasn't evenmarried to.
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  • To have that understanding of itis not to understand the culture
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  • of that day.
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  • Listen, in that day, a woman wasnothing.
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  • She was property.
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  • She had no voice at all as towho she would marry.
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  • There was no grounds for a womanto leave a man.
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  • She'd been through fivemarriages.
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  • Maybe her first husband haddied, by law it would be some
  • 00:16:12.094 --> 00:16:15.197
  • next of kin, maybe they died.
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  • We don't know the circumstances,but this woman had nothing to do
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  • with her marital life at all,zero, nitch, by the culture of
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  • that day.
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  • And she was living with a manwho was not her husband.
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  • I can tell you, she had nochoice in that as well.
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  • So we made her some kind ofstreet-walker.
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  • Man, she was a prostitute, we'veheard that all of our lives when
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  • this has been taught, and thatunderstanding, in my opinion,
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  • Biblically is totally invalid.
  • 00:16:43.992 --> 00:16:48.630
  • Now, Jesus when he asked abouther husband, she said, I have no
  • 00:16:48.664 --> 00:16:56.472
  • husband, Jesus said, you've hadfive, and the man you're living
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  • with is not your husband, shefelt guilty about that.
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  • But I can tell you, I do notbelieve for one minute that was
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  • what she desired to thelifestyle that she wanted.
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  • You know that by all the rest ofthe context of what this
  • 00:17:12.287 --> 00:17:15.157
  • woman said.
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  • She was uneducated, women werenot allowed to be educated, she
  • 00:17:16.825 --> 00:17:20.796
  • had no theological understandingfrom the temple or the religious
  • 00:17:20.829 --> 00:17:24.399
  • structure, the Samaritans, butI'm telling you, she was quite a
  • 00:17:24.433 --> 00:17:28.237
  • wonderful woman in so manyareas, as we'll soon discover.
  • 00:17:28.270 --> 00:17:33.041
  • Now, when Jesus asked her abouther husband, and said she was
  • 00:17:33.075 --> 00:17:39.314
  • living with a man that wasn'ther husband, she felt guilty of
  • 00:17:39.348 --> 00:17:42.451
  • that, because she knew theCommandments.
  • 00:17:42.484 --> 00:17:46.054
  • And then she said, I see you area prophet, a man of God.
  • 00:17:46.088 --> 00:17:51.059
  • And then she goes and she askedhim about what she now must do.
  • 00:17:51.093 --> 00:17:55.764
  • I think about that sin in herlife.
  • 00:17:55.797 --> 00:17:58.867
  • We see it clearly there in theverse.
  • 00:17:58.901 --> 00:18:02.004
  • She said, our fathers worshipedin this mountain, Garrison, and
  • 00:18:02.037 --> 00:18:04.940
  • you people say in Jerusalem,Zion is the place where men
  • 00:18:04.973 --> 00:18:08.644
  • ought to worship.
  • 00:18:08.677 --> 00:18:10.445
  • People say, well, she wasdistracting Jesus from
  • 00:18:10.479 --> 00:18:12.714
  • the issue.
  • 00:18:12.748 --> 00:18:14.049
  • No, she wasn't.
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  • She realized that this was a manof God, a messenger of God,
  • 00:18:15.717 --> 00:18:17.619
  • divinity in her presence, andshe said, look, I want to take
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  • care of this sin.
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  • I know where I must go to takecare of this sin, you're a Jew,
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  • you say I go and offer sacrificefor sin in Zion, but she said, I
  • 00:18:25.827 --> 00:18:30.232
  • say I offer a sacrifice of sinin the mountain here in Samaria.
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  • How can I go and get right withGod?
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  • Look at Jesus' answer to this,it is so magnificent.
  • 00:18:37.573 --> 00:18:41.543
  • Jesus said to her, woman,believe me, an hour is coming
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  • when, whether in this mountainor in Jerusalem, you will
  • 00:18:46.615 --> 00:18:50.752
  • worship the Father.
  • 00:18:50.786 --> 00:18:52.087
  • Verse 22.
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  • You worship what you do notknow, in other words, she had
  • 00:18:53.722 --> 00:18:56.024
  • only part of the truth in theOld Testament, we worship what
  • 00:18:56.058 --> 00:18:59.161
  • we know, for salvation is fromthe Jews, Genesis to Malachi in
  • 00:18:59.194 --> 00:19:02.931
  • that day.
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  • But the hour is coming, and lookat this, and now is.
  • 00:19:04.600 --> 00:19:08.303
  • The hour is coming, but it'salready here, when the true
  • 00:19:08.337 --> 00:19:12.241
  • worshipers will worship theFather in spirit and in truth,
  • 00:19:12.274 --> 00:19:16.645
  • for such people the Father seeksto be his worshiper.
  • 00:19:16.678 --> 00:19:21.350
  • God is spirit, and those whoworship him must worship him in
  • 00:19:21.383 --> 00:19:26.188
  • spirit and in truth.
  • 00:19:26.221 --> 00:19:28.390
  • And the woman said to him, Iknow the Messiah is coming, he
  • 00:19:28.423 --> 00:19:31.860
  • who is called the Christ, whenthe one comes, he will declare
  • 00:19:31.893 --> 00:19:35.197
  • all things to us.
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  • You see what happened?
  • 00:19:36.798 --> 00:19:38.934
  • Now, she, remember the words westart off with, have you
  • 00:19:38.967 --> 00:19:41.470
  • got them?
  • 00:19:41.503 --> 00:19:43.238
  • Spirit and truth!
  • 00:19:43.272 --> 00:19:46.608
  • Nicodemus, born again of spirit,lived a life of truth, that was
  • 00:19:46.642 --> 00:19:49.911
  • his thing.
  • 00:19:49.945 --> 00:19:51.313
  • The woman needs to be bornagain, and the water is a symbol
  • 00:19:51.346 --> 00:19:54.016
  • of cleansing in her life of theHoly Spirit, and then she should
  • 00:19:54.049 --> 00:19:57.019
  • worship him in spirit and intruth.
  • 00:19:57.052 --> 00:19:59.521
  • Isn't that something?
  • 00:19:59.554 --> 00:20:01.156
  • Her heart was right, her motiveright, and then she truly
  • 00:20:01.189 --> 00:20:04.726
  • worships him.
  • 00:20:04.760 --> 00:20:06.528
  • And then this further gives meproof of she was a kind of
  • 00:20:06.561 --> 00:20:10.232
  • quality woman that I know thatshe was.
  • 00:20:10.265 --> 00:20:14.603
  • And Jesus said to her, I whospeak to you am he, I
  • 00:20:14.636 --> 00:20:21.476
  • am Messiah.
  • 00:20:21.510 --> 00:20:23.945
  • Whew!
  • 00:20:23.979 --> 00:20:25.580
  • At this point his disciplescame, and they were amazed that
  • 00:20:25.614 --> 00:20:28.250
  • he had been speaking with awoman, and no one said to him,
  • 00:20:28.283 --> 00:20:31.620
  • what you see?
  • 00:20:31.653 --> 00:20:33.555
  • Why do you speak with her?Verse 28.
  • 00:20:33.588 --> 00:20:36.224
  • So the woman left her waterpot,went into the city and said to
  • 00:20:36.258 --> 00:20:39.628
  • the men, come see a man who toldme all the things I've ever
  • 00:20:39.661 --> 00:20:43.532
  • done, this is not the Christ, isit?
  • 00:20:43.565 --> 00:20:46.401
  • And they went out of the city,and were coming to Jesus.
  • 00:20:46.435 --> 00:20:50.305
  • Verse 39.
  • 00:20:50.339 --> 00:20:51.807
  • From the city many of theSamaritans believed in him
  • 00:20:51.840 --> 00:20:54.943
  • because of the word of the womanwho testified.
  • 00:20:54.976 --> 00:20:57.813
  • He told me all the things that Ihave done.
  • 00:20:57.846 --> 00:21:00.349
  • So when the Samaritans came toJesus, they were asking him to
  • 00:21:00.382 --> 00:21:04.252
  • stay with them, and Jesus stayedwith them two days.
  • 00:21:04.286 --> 00:21:09.057
  • Many more believed because ofhis word, and they were saying
  • 00:21:09.091 --> 00:21:11.426
  • to the woman, it is no longerbecause of what you said that
  • 00:21:11.460 --> 00:21:16.064
  • we believe.
  • 00:21:16.098 --> 00:21:17.399
  • For we heard for ourselves andknow that this one is indeed the
  • 00:21:17.432 --> 00:21:20.902
  • savior of the world.
  • 00:21:20.936 --> 00:21:23.438
  • Let me tell ya, she started offcalling him a Jew, then she
  • 00:21:23.472 --> 00:21:26.775
  • called him sir, then she calledhim Lord, then she called him
  • 00:21:26.808 --> 00:21:30.779
  • prophet, then she talked aboutthe Messiah, and they came up
  • 00:21:30.812 --> 00:21:34.249
  • saying, he's the savior of theworld.
  • 00:21:34.282 --> 00:21:35.884
  • [clapping]
  • 00:21:35.917 --> 00:21:38.587
  • What a story of God's power andGod's grace!
  • 00:21:38.620 --> 00:21:43.925
  • So what's the bottom line here?
  • 00:21:43.959 --> 00:21:46.294
  • All of us who think some of uswe're more like Nicodemus than
  • 00:21:46.328 --> 00:21:50.532
  • we are the woman at the well, itdoesn't matter, they both needed
  • 00:21:50.565 --> 00:21:55.036
  • Jesus, and they both needed tohave a new life inside of them
  • 00:21:55.070 --> 00:21:59.775
  • born of the spirit and born intoa worshiper who worships
  • 00:21:59.808 --> 00:22:04.179
  • in truth.
  • 00:22:04.212 --> 00:22:06.181
  • That's the whole thing.
  • 00:22:06.214 --> 00:22:08.517
  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:22:08.550 --> 00:22:11.086
  • We have to worship narrowlybefore we can effectively
  • 00:22:11.119 --> 00:22:17.125
  • worship broadly.
  • 00:22:17.159 --> 00:22:19.828
  • Somebody said, what did you doSunday morning?
  • 00:22:19.861 --> 00:22:21.797
  • Well, I went to worship.Did you?
  • 00:22:21.830 --> 00:22:24.399
  • Or did you just go to church?
  • 00:22:24.433 --> 00:22:26.635
  • Ladies and gentlemen, when youand I worship every day
  • 00:22:26.668 --> 00:22:29.771
  • narrowly, I, thou, Bible, prayertime, quiet time with him, have
  • 00:22:29.805 --> 00:22:35.744
  • our prayer at our meals andworship narrowly every day, if
  • 00:22:35.777 --> 00:22:39.514
  • all of us had worshippednarrowly every day, when we come
  • 00:22:39.548 --> 00:22:43.185
  • to worship on Sunday morning,man, it's broad worship, what
  • 00:22:43.218 --> 00:22:47.122
  • would be the difference?
  • 00:22:47.155 --> 00:22:49.257
  • We'd come with expectation, we'dcome with joy, we'd come with
  • 00:22:49.291 --> 00:22:52.727
  • celebration, and church wouldhave new meaning, new value, new
  • 00:22:52.761 --> 00:22:56.231
  • power that we never dreamed ofwhen we worship broadly, because
  • 00:22:56.264 --> 00:23:00.035
  • we've been worshiping all duringthe week narrowly.
  • 00:23:00.068 --> 00:23:03.505
  • Worship narrowly, and then broadworship begins to have more
  • 00:23:03.538 --> 00:23:08.176
  • supernatural significance.
  • 00:23:08.210 --> 00:23:11.413
  • And we have to worship all ofGod, that's worshiping him
  • 00:23:11.446 --> 00:23:14.316
  • in truth.
  • 00:23:14.349 --> 00:23:15.750
  • All of God.What do you mean?
  • 00:23:15.784 --> 00:23:18.353
  • Oh, I like to worship God whoblesses and heals.
  • 00:23:18.386 --> 00:23:23.692
  • Don't you like that part of God,He?
  • 00:23:23.725 --> 00:23:25.227
  • Blesses us and he heals us.
  • 00:23:25.260 --> 00:23:27.395
  • But also there are commandmentsof God, and there's a judgment
  • 00:23:27.429 --> 00:23:31.333
  • of God.
  • 00:23:31.366 --> 00:23:32.968
  • I want to worship blessing andhealing, I don't wanna hear
  • 00:23:33.001 --> 00:23:35.937
  • about commandments and judgment.
  • 00:23:35.971 --> 00:23:37.973
  • But we see we have to worshipall of God.
  • 00:23:38.006 --> 00:23:40.642
  • All of God.
  • 00:23:40.675 --> 00:23:42.177
  • Some people want to worship God,he is transcendent.
  • 00:23:42.210 --> 00:23:45.747
  • We want him way up there, holy,reverent, awesome.
  • 00:23:45.780 --> 00:23:50.619
  • And we worship him and assembleand in reading and in a
  • 00:23:50.652 --> 00:23:54.289
  • formalized type of worship, andthat's fine.
  • 00:23:54.322 --> 00:23:58.026
  • Some want to keep God way upthere, others want to bring God
  • 00:23:58.059 --> 00:24:02.664
  • right down here.
  • 00:24:02.697 --> 00:24:04.466
  • Palsey walsey God, oh, we talkevery day, he's my buddy, oh,
  • 00:24:04.499 --> 00:24:09.037
  • we, you know, I'm a part of it,we want him right here, meeting
  • 00:24:09.070 --> 00:24:12.307
  • your needs and my needs.
  • 00:24:12.340 --> 00:24:14.442
  • But hey, God is awesome.
  • 00:24:14.476 --> 00:24:16.511
  • Yes, that's a part of worship.
  • 00:24:16.545 --> 00:24:18.046
  • And God is imminent, he's righthere, that's a part of worship.
  • 00:24:18.079 --> 00:24:22.117
  • We can't compartmentalize, andwe have to worship him in spirit
  • 00:24:22.150 --> 00:24:26.555
  • narrowly day by day, and broadlyin church and in truth.
  • 00:24:26.588 --> 00:24:32.360
  • All of God.
  • 00:24:32.394 --> 00:24:34.062
  • All the characteristics of God.
  • 00:24:34.095 --> 00:24:36.431
  • When we do that, guess what?
  • 00:24:36.464 --> 00:24:41.169
  • We can be confident we are bornagain, inside out, and the
  • 00:24:41.202 --> 00:24:49.244
  • water, which is the Holy spirit,keeps flowing through you and
  • 00:24:49.277 --> 00:24:54.516
  • flowing through me day by day byday, because we worship him in
  • 00:24:54.549 --> 00:25:02.257
  • spirit and in truth.
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  • Once confronted with her needfor the living water that only
  • 00:26:26.608 --> 00:26:29.944
  • Jesus could provide, sheacknowledged her need, confessed
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  • it off.
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  • Let me also take thisopportunity to thank you
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  • personally for your continuedsupport of The Winning Walk.
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  • You make it possible for us toshare the wonder of God's grace
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  • and the gift of his son, Jesus,with people across the nation
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  • and around the world.
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  • Thank you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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