Bible Study John Chapter 4 Verses 33-44
John 4:33 – Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him aught (anything) to eat? The disciples begin to ask each other had anyone brought Jesus something to eat. They were concerned about His well-being. They had traveled for miles and neither Jesus or His disciples had eaten anything. Although they were with the Son of God both He and they needed nourishment for their physical bodies.
John 4:34 – Jesus saith unto them, My meat (food) is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work: The “meat” Jesus was speaking of was His spiritual nourishment. Just as Jesus needed spiritual nourishment, we too, need spiritual nourishment and it comes by communicating with the Father through prayer, reading and studying the Word of God and submitting to its instructions. The reason why Jesus’ work was His meat and drink was because it was His Father’s work, His will for the salvation of sinners. He made His work His business and delight, He was more concerned about the salvation of His people than He was with food. As the sons of God, we must be concerned about God’s people salvation, it may come through our witness, or our character and behavior, teaching and preaching the Word of God as He instruct us. Teaching and preaching are not just behind the pulpit. We have a limited time here on earth and we must compel as many people as we can to receive salvation. Just like Jesus, we must finish the work the Father has given us before we go to our destination of eternal life.
John 4:35 – Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. Jesus was making it clear that around us is a continual harvest waits to be reaped. Jesus offered His disciples an opportunity to do something that would be “food” for them. He was speaking about the Samaritans. He saw an opportunity for a spiritual harvest for the disciples in which they would not have to wait long.
John 4:36 – And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. As Jesus’ disciples as we reap souls for the kingdom of God, we receive wages, that is the fruit which brings joy. Jesus sowed by giving the message to the woman, He was about to reap because He would see the whole city of Samaritan saved. When souls are saved through our witnessing both we and they will rejoice together. This is why those who profess to be Christians must not bring an approach to Christianity by a lifestyle that does not coincide with the Word of God. When we sow the Word of God our lifestyle should bring forth a godly harvest, not a harvest of hypocrites or carnal Christians. If we do, both we and harvest will be hell bound (And shall cut him asunder and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth – Matthew 24:51). We are disciples of Jesus Christ and our lifestyle should represent both He and the Father.
John 4:37 – And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. The wages Jesus offers are the joy of working for Him and seeing the harvest of believers. Moses, and the prophets, and John the Baptist paved the way to the gospel. Moses and the prophets sowed as well as reaped but their writings have continued to win souls. Had it not been for the seed sown by the prophets, the Samaritan woman could not have said: “We know that Messiah cometh”. From the labors of ministers and lay people that are dead and gone much good fruit may be reaped by people that survive them and the ministers that succeed them. Leaving a legacy should be the souls we have won for the kingdom of God.
John 4:38 – I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labor: other men labored, and ye are entered unto their labors. The others may have been John the Baptist and his disciples who had paved the way for Jesus’ disciples, they had labored in Judea and Jesus sent His disciples to reap what John and his disciples had labored. We too are receiving what John the Baptist, and Jesus’ disciples and Apostles labored.
John 4:39 – And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. The Samaritan woman immediately shared her experience with others. Despite her reputation, many took her invitation and came out to meet Jesus. When we have been changed spiritually, others will see the change, and this will give us an opportunity to witness to them as the Spirit give us to minister.
John 4:40 – So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought (urged) him that he would tarry (stay) with them: and he abode (stayed) there two days. Upon the woman’s report, they believed Him to be a prophet and came to him, respecting Him as a prophet. They wanted Him to stay and give them instructions. Many flocks to prophets to receive their fortune but these flocked to Jesus to receive their faults. The Jews droved Jesus from them while the Samaritans invited Him to them. A true prophet of God is not going to prophesy about cars, homes, and money, but they will tell you your faults and inform you of God’s plan for your life. Nowhere in the Bible, you read about prophets prophesying about material things, but things that pertain to God and heaven.
John 4:41 – And many more believed because of his own word; Others came to believe because of the Word Jesus spoke about the kingdom. After they came to Jesus they asked Him to stay with them and He gives them their request by staying with them for two days. In those days He was ministering to them and they believed what He said.
John 4:42 – And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy sayings: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world. When they heard His teaching they didn’t believe because of the woman’s testimony but they believed what they had heard themselves from the Son of God, the Savior of the world.
John 4:43 – Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. After staying with the Samaritans for two days, Jesus left the city and went to Galilee.
John 4:44 – For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honor in his own country. “His own country”, has been taken to mean Judea, Nazareth or Galilee. Having no honor or reception in Nazareth Jesus went elsewhere in Galilee. Just like Jesus, many times our relatives, those who know us will not accept the gospel ministered by us but will receive it from others. If we can’t minister to them through words, we should let our lifestyle minister to them. Our focus should be on the kingdom of God and the souls we can win for the kingdom. It’s not about how many times we attend church or our positions in the church, God and Jesus are concerned about the salvation of His people. We should be praying and witnessing to as many people we can.