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Pastors Jim and Marie Watt

Two Are Better Than One

(From: JOHN #9 - 4:27-42)


2. 4:27-30 SAMARITAN WOMAN WITNESSES OF JESUS AS CHRIST

a. 4:27 THE SHOCK OF JESUS' DISCIPLES

Kai ePI TOUto ELthan hoi ma-theTAI auTOU;

And upon this came his :disciples;

kai eTHAUma-zon [2296] HOti meTA gu-naiKOS eLAlei;

and marvelled that he was speaking with a woman;

ouDEIS MENtoi EIpen, Ti zeTEIS? e, Ti laLEIS met' auTES?

yet no one said, What do you seek? or, Why do you speak with her?


b. 4:28-29 CONVICTION OF SIN: A PREPARATION FOR SALVATION

aPHEken oun ten huDRIan [5201]auTES heguNE,

So the woman left her :water-pot,

kai aPELthen eis ten POlin, lai LEgei tois anTHROpois,

and went away into the city, and said to the men,

DEUte, Ide-te ANthro-pon, hos EI-PE moi PANta ha ePOIe-sa: MEti HOU-TOS es-tin ho CHRIStos?

29 Come, see a man, who told me all thingsthat I did: can this be the Christ?


c. 4:30 They went out of the city, and were coming unto him.

eXELthon ek tes POle-os, kai ERchon-to pros auTON.


3. 4:31-38 WILL OF GOD IS MEAT, AND BRINGS A PRESENT HARVEST

a. 4:31 In the mean whilethe disciples asked him, saying, Rabbi, eat.

En tome-taXU [3342]eROton auTON hoi ma-theTAI, LEgon-tes, RabBEI, PHAge [5315].


b. 4:32 But he said to them, I have meat to eat that YOU know not.

ho de EIpen auTOIS, E-GOBROsin [1035]EchophaGEIN hen huMEIS ouk OIda-te.


c. 4:33 The disciples therefore said one to another, Has any onebrought him anythingto eat?

Ele-gon oun hoi ma-theTAI pros alLElous, MEtis Eneg-ken auTOphaGEIN?


d. 4:34 CHRIST'S DILIGENCE IN SERVING GOD

LEgei auTOIS ho 'IeSOUS, E-MON BRO-MA [1033] es-tin HIna poiEso to THEle-ma

:Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him

tou PEMpsanTOS me, kai te-leiOso [5048] auTOU to ERgon.

that sent me, and to accomplish his :work.


e. 4:35 GOD'S TIME VERSUS MAN'S TIME

ouch huMEIS LEge-te HOti Eti teTRAmeNOS es-tin, kai ho the-risMOS ERche-tai? iDOU, LEgo huMIN,

Do YOU not say that thereare yet four months, and thencomes the harvest? lo, I say unto you,

ePAra-te [1869] tous oph-thalMOUS huMON, kai theAsas-the tas CHOras [5561],

Lift up your :eyes, and look on the fields,

HOti leuKAI [3022] ei-sin pros the-risMON.

that they are white unto harvest.


f. 4:36 GOD'S TIME OF REAPING

Edeho theRIzon [2325]misTHON [3408]lamBAnei, kai suNAgei karPON eis zo-EN aiOni-on;

Already who reaps receives reward, and gathers fruit unto life eternal;

HIna ho SPEIron [4687] hoMOU CHAIre [5463] kai ho theRIzon [3325].

that who sows and who reaps may rejoice together.


g. 4:37 For herein is the saying true that one is who sows, and another who reaps.

en gar TOUto ho LOgos esTIN a-le-thiNOS HOti ALlos esTIN ho SPEIron, kai ALlos ho theRIzon.


h. 4:38 JESUS' DISCIPLES: THE PRIVILEGE OF REAPING

eGO aPEstei-la huMAS theRIzein ho ouch huMEIS ke-ko-piAka-te [2872]:

I sent you to reap that on which you have not labored:

ALloi ke-ko-piAka-sin, kai huMEIS eis ton KOpon [2873] auTON ei-se-leLUtha-te [1525].

others have labored, and you are entered into their :labor.


4. 4:39-42 SIGN BROUGHT VILLAGE TO JESUS - THE WORD BROUGHT FAITH

a. 4:39 THE UNUSUAL RESULTS OF THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA

Ek de tes POle-os eKEInes polLOI ePIsteu-san

And from that :city many of the Samaritans

eis auTON ton Sa-ma-reiTON diA ton LOgon tes gu-naiKOS,

believed unto him because of the word of the woman,

mar-tuROUses [3140] [HOti], EI-PEN moi PANta ha ePOIe-sa.

who witnessed [that], He told me all thingsthat I did.


b. 4:40 THE SAMARITAN VILLAGE INVITED JESUS FOR AN EXTRA TWO DAYS

hos oun ELthon pros auTON hoi Sa-maREItai [4541],

When therefore the Samaritans came unto him,

eROton auTON MEInai par' auTOIS: kai Emei-nen [3306]eKEI DUo heMEras.

They asked him to stay with them: and he stayed there two days.


c. 4:41-42 CONVERSION OF THE SAMARITANS

kai polLO PLEIous ePIsteu-san diA ton LOgon auTOU;

And many more believed because of his :word;

TE te gu-naiKI Ele-gon [HOti], OuKEti diA

42and they said to the woman [that], Now we believe,

ten la-liAN sou piSTEUo-men: auTOI gar a-keKOa-men,

not because of your :speaking: for we have heard forourselves,

kai OIda-men [1492] HOti HOU-TOS es-tin a-leTHOS ho soTER [4490] tou KOSmou [2889].

and know that this is truly the Savior of the world.


NOTE: In 4:1-26, we see that perhaps the main reason that the Samaritan woman believed on Jesus as the Messiah, the Christ - was because of the “word of knowledge” he manifested in the revelation of her former 5 husbands, and the fact that the present man she was living with was nother husband!


Her immediate response was - Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet! She went on to change the former embarrassing subject, and entered into a theological question concerning God's acceptable place of worship. Was it the Samaritan's choice in their mountain? or the Jews' place of Jerusalem? Jesus immediately settled it - that at the present it was Jerusalem - for salvation is of the Jews - God'schoice from among allnations of the earth. Not that they were better, but because God in His Sovereignty chose to choose them, and use them to bring forth His Messiah.


Jesus then went on to explain to the woman of Samaria the soon-coming change in the true mode of worship. All of this was possible because of the coming of the Son of God to earth, and His soon-coming death to accomplish redemption for the human race and reconciliation with God; then His Resurrection to authenticate the validity of His Finished Work through His death - His Ascension followed by His giving of the Holy Spirit from the Father as the Paraclete as inward replacement of Himself, which was far better!


This latter explanation to the woman's question quite likely went over the Samaritan woman's head, but notthe sign of her adulterous past and present! Thiscompletely captured her attention, and was the main pointthat she presented to the Samaritan men of her village at Sychar.


Note that a number of men believed in Jesus as the coming Messiah because of the woman's testimony; another group came to faith because of the words Jesus spoke when they came to hear him. This latter group felt they had to inform the woman that it was Jesus' words - not hers - that convinced them.


However - it was the woman's testimony that led them to come and hear Jesus! So - whether conversion through the woman's words directly - or the words of Jesus directly - both directly or indirectly - the woman was responsible for these extraordinary conversions of men in her village!


We too should witness and testify of the wonders of Jesus - and trust that either directly or indirectly - many may come to saving faith in Him! - J.A.W.