John 4:16-24

4: 16 – Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband…”  4:17 –The Samaritan woman answered, “I have no husband…” 4:18 – Jesus said, “… you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband …” Once again, the Bible reminds us of Jesus’ supernatural ability. Even though the Samaritan woman didn’t realize it, Jesus already knew the kind of life she was living. He focused on her spiritual condition.

4:20 – Our fathers worshiped in this mountain (Mt. Gerizim), and you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship When Jesus confronted her with the facts of her life, she tried to change the subject by having a discussion about religion. There was a long-standing quarrel between the Jews and the Samaritans about the divinely appointed place to worship and to offer sacrifices to God. Newman maintains that it is quite a common thing for people to use their religion as a shield between them and God. 

4:21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour (His death) comes, when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem, will you worship the Father. “There was no reason to debate locations since both places would be obsolete soon and neither would have any role to play in the lives of those who genuinely worship God” (John Mac Arthur).

4:22 – You worship that which you don’t know. We worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews. The Samaritans only accepted the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). The Jews accepted all of the Old Testament. From them, God’s good news was to be shared with all the world.

4:24 – God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and truth.  The words, God is Spirit is a testimony of His divine nature.  We would not be able to understand the invisible God unless God had revealed Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. We must worship Him in spirit and truth. The word “spirit” refers to the human spirit. We must worship God with a proper attitude. The word “truth” is a reference to worship. The kind of worship   that is consistent with the message of the Bible, God’s Holy Word

-All Scripture passages are taken from the World English Bible (WEB)-

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