I perceive that you are a prophet

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. John 4:16-19

In today’s verses we find out why the woman was getting her water at noon rather than in the morning. She is an adulteress. She has been married five times and is currently living with a man she is not married to. Now, today most people would not see what the problem was and would no doubt think the other women of the town intolerant. After all, how dare they try to enforce their beliefs on another? But back then adultery was a sin punishable by death so it would seem that this particular town did not take things as far as they could have.

We also see once again attributes of God in Jesus. Just as He saw Nathaniel under the fig tree and knew all about him, Jesus also knew about this woman even though they had never met. So when Jesus tells the woman how many times she has been married and that she is currently living with a man not her husband the woman is astonished. People back then did not flaunt their sins as so often happens today. Today this woman most likely would have written a book about her life but it would not have sold as most would think what’s the big deal?

Finally we see that the woman is at least willing to consider Jesus a prophet. He knows things that are not common knowledge especially for a Jewish man who has not been to this village before. Once again John shows us the divinity of Jesus with His omniscience.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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