Thursday, March 16, 2017

Simon Vibert on John 4

Some jottings from / prompted by Lives Jesus Changed: Lessons About Life From John's Gospel (Christian Focus, 2010) on Sunday's Gospel reading:

Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman are as different as day and night.

In fact, he comes to Jesus at night and she meets him at noon.

It’s not only mad dogs and Englishmen who go out in the mid-day sun, but lonely and socially unacceptable women too.

Questions the Samaritan woman asks:

(1) Religious questions (vv7-10)

It’s not just the woman’s bucket that is empty

(2) Practical questions (vv11, 15)

Jesus offers water which will refresh the parts other (ordinary) water can’t reach

(3) Historical questions (v12)

(4) Theological questions (vv12-15)

(5) Geographical questions (vv20-24)

Things that really matter: (issues Jesus raises)

(1) Ethics (v16)

“the key challenge of the Bible is not that it contradicts itself but that it contradicts me” (p86)

(2) Christology (vv25-26)

Why has John recorded this incident?

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