So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.
John 4:3-6 NLT
In this passage, Jesus is traveling with his disciples from Jerusalem in the southern part of Israel to Galilee in the northern part. Most Jews would cross the Jordan River and go east to avoid Samaria when they traveled to Galilee. Our text said, “He had to go through Samaria on the way.”
The people who lived in Samaria were considered half-breeds by the Jews. About 700 years earlier, the Assyrians had captured northern Israel, taken many of the people as slaves, and repopulated the area with their own people. The Jews who were left behind eventually intermarried with the Gentiles, and the result was the race of Samaritans. When the Jews returned from captivity, they wanted nothing to do with the Samaritans. The hostility was so deep Jews would not allow the Samaritans to worship in the Temple. The Samaritans built their own Temple in Samaria.
But Jesus “had to go through Samaria.” It was not a physical necessity. There was another route. What drove Jesus to go through Samaria was a divine mission. Jesus was about to give His disciples an object lesson in His purpose for coming to earth—to seek and save the lost, all the lost, not just the Jews.
Jesus was headed to a divine appointment the disciples knew nothing about.
In the busyness of life, how often do we miss potential divine appointments?
Recently, I had an unusual time when I did not have a lunch appointment, and it was lunchtime. I decided to pause and ask God where He would like for me to eat. I wanted to be open for a “divine appointment.” I am trying to train myself to whisper that prayer about a lot of things. As I offer that prayer, I find myself having more conversations with people. Conversations that open the door for a spiritual conversation.
As followers of Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in us. He wants to direct us to individuals that are ready for a conversation.
Holy Spirit, I invite You to be in total charge of my life. Help me to be open for the appointments You have for me—even though it may appear at times to be an interruption.
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