Bible Study John Chapter 4:21-32
John 4:21 – Jesus saith unto her, Woman believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain nor yet Jerusalem, worship the Father. After hearing the woman’s thoughts of how the Father should be worshiped, Jesus explained to her what the true worship would be. By her mentioning the two different sites, the woman perhaps was trying to shift the conversation away from the subject of her own sins. The woman probably assumed that because Jesus was a Jew, He would insist that the sacrifice is offered in the temple of Jerusalem. Like the woman, many have suggested there is a certain day or a certain place we should worship as Christians, the Father nor the Son is concerned about what day we worship but how we worship.
John 4:22 – Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. “Salvation is of the Jews” meaning that the Messiah would come from the Jewish people. Worship may be true where yet it is not pure and entire. The stress here is the state of mind in which we worship Him. It concerns us to be right, not only in the object of worship but in the manner of it. Different religion worship God but they exclude Jesus, they have a form of godliness but deny the power of God. Their worship is true but not pure. We can’t approach God without receiving His Son for the remission of ur sins.
John 4:23 – But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. As Christians, we shall not worship God in the ceremonial observances of the Mosaic institution but spiritual ordinances. God is not limited by time and space, when people are born of the Spirit, they can commune with God anywhere. Spirit is opposite of what is material and earthly, for example, Mt. Gerizim, Jesus makes worship a matter of the heart. The truth is what is in harmony with the nature and will of God. It is the opposite of that is false. Here the truth is specifically the worship of God through Jesus Christ. The issue is not where a person worships but how and whom.
John 4:24 – God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. God is a Spirit means He is not a physical being limited to one place. He is present everywhere and He can be worshiped anywhere, and anytime. We worship God from our hearts and from our spirit. Our spirit connects with His Spirit therefore in enabling us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. When we have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God comes into our physical being and live, His Spirit assists us in worshiping Him. We worship Him with our whole being, not our intellect.
John 4:25 – The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will us all things. The Jews and the Samaritans agreed in the expectation and His kingdom.Those who least knew this, that the Messiah was to come but all those who was expecting Him didn’t receive Him as the Messiah or the Son of God. Her of expectation of the Messiah that He would tell them the mind of God fully and clearly; He would tell them all the things they wanted to know.
John 4:26 – Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. This woman had met the Messiah, the Son of God was talking with her. His presence and Him talking with her had destroyed the discrimination of women as well as the Jews not communicating with the Samaritans. This woman had never had the opportunity of seeing Christ’s miracles, which were then the ordinary method of conviction. Jesus will manifest Himself to those who with an honest humble heart desire to be acquainted with Him. Using the same words that God used when He revealed Himself to Moses ( I am), Jesus clearly stated that He is the Messiah.
John 4:27 – And upon this came his disciples, and marveled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or Why talkest thou with her? When the woman met with the Lord, it was her appointed time to have an encounter with the Lord. His disciples weren’t there to interrupt asking questions what He was doing or why He was doing it. If we want an encounter with the Lord, we have to take time and meet Him where no one can interrupt our encounter. We have to set aside a place where we will meet Him, even a time where we will meet Him there and as we commit ourselves to the place and time, He will always meet us there. When the disciples returned they didn’t question the woman nor Jesus of their communication with each other.
John 4:28 – The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men. The woman being excited about what she had heard left her waterpot and went into the city to tell what she had just experienced to everyone that would hear her. She knew within herself, she had met the Messiah, she knew by meeting Him and accepting Him as the Messiah, the Son of God her life had been changed and she wanted others to experience what she had experienced.
John 4:29 – Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? By the testimony concerning Jesus, many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him for the saying of the woman. God used this one woman to reach many of that city to believe on His Son. Our testimony of what Jesus has done for us can reach others and bring them to Christ. When we have experienced an encounter with the Lord, not only will we have a testimony, but others will see what He has done in us through our new life in Him. In her excitement, the woman exaggerated, she did not report what Jesus actually told her but what He could have her told her. The woman experienced a spiritual journey, she first viewed Jesus as a Jew, then as a prophet, and finally as the Messiah.
John 4:30 – Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. After hearing the woman’s testimony the men left the city and they too wanted to meet the Messiah. Her testimony was convincing and they most likely knew the woman’s reputation, now she’s talking about she had met the Messiah and He was talking with her, they too wanted to meet the Messiah.
John 4:31 – In the mean while his disciples prayed (urged) him, saying, Master, eat. The disciples knew when the woman gave her testimony others would come and they also knew Jesus would take the time to minister to them. They had already been on a long journey neither them or Jesus had eaten and they were concerned about Him eating.
John 4:32 – But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. The “meat” of which Jesus was speaking of was His spiritual nourishment. He was doing the will of His Father, and we too must do the will of the Father. It includes more than Bible Study, prayer, and attending church. Spiritual nourishment also comes from doing God’s will and helping to bring His work of salvation to others. We are nourished not only by what we take in but also by what we give out for God.