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Read devotionals for March 2021

April 1, 2021

John 3:36 – He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Thought: This verse clearly presents the two ends to which mankind is destined: everlasting life or the wrath of God. That which determines one’s destination is faith in the Son of God. Those who believe are destined to everlasting life. Those who do not believe “shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on” them. There are many, many people destined to the latter. They are not destined there because God predestined them to that end. They will be there because they refuse to believe in the Son.

I John 5:10-13

April 2, 2021

John 4:1 – When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John.

Thought: Jesus quickly appeared on the radar of the Pharisees. He was of grave concern to them. These men were religious leaders who craved attention. Not long after Jesus began His ministry, great multitudes followed Him. In fact, “Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John.” John was a threat. Jesus was now a greater threat. Rather than accepting Jesus as a Rabbi who came from God as Nicodemus, they made Jesus their enemy. They monitored His every word and every move.

Matthew 12:14

April 3, 2021

John 4:2 – (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples).

Thought: This verse brings several interesting thoughts to mind. First, this verse seems to conflict with verse one. Verse one told us that Jesus baptized more disciples than John. Now we read that “Jesus himself baptized not.” Jesus did baptize individuals, but He did it through the process of agency. His disciples performed the act after Jesus taught and convinced men of its necessity. Second, this process protected Jesus from man’s boasting. No one could brag that Jesus’ hands had literally baptized them.

I Corinthians 1:11-12

April 4, 2021

John 4:3, 4 – He left Judea, and departed against into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria.

Thought: The context indicates Jesus left Judea because of the Pharisees. Jesus was well aware of their hearts. He was also fully cognizant of the timing of His mission. He left Judea to return to His homeland of Galilee. However, this time He would go through Samaria. Samaria was sandwiched between Judea and Galilee. Often the Jews would go around it instead of through it. This was the home of Jewish relatives who were a mixed race. The Jews hated them and had no dealings with them.

Luke 17:11

April 5, 2021

John 4:5 – Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

Thought: The Bible is not a geography book, but when it mentions geographical facts, it is always accurate. Jesus came to Sychar, previously named Shechem. It was located at the base of Mount Gerizim. There was nothing significant about this place except it was near the parcel of land Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jesus, however, was about to make it very significant. It would be a place prominent in Bible history. It was the place of a simple conversation between the Lord and a woman.

Genesis 48:21-22

April 6, 2021

John 4:6 – Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

Thought: In the days of Jesus, convenience stores were not located on every corner to aid a traveler on a journey. Thus, a well was a welcomed sight. Jesus was weary as He travelled through Samaria. This small fact reminds us Jesus was a human being. He experienced the same limitations and struggles of the flesh that each of us faces. Because He was human, He can function in high positions before God on our behalf. Because, He was weary, He sat by a well. At the well, history was about to be made.

Hebrews 4:15-16

April 7, 2021

John 4:7 – There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

Thought: One of the responsibilities of the women of Jesus’ day was to draw water from the well. Thus, it is not surprising to see this woman at Jacob’s well. What is surprising is what Jesus does. “Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.” In our culture, this is not an “out of the ordinary” request. In Jesus’ day, it was very out of the ordinary. A man is making a request of a woman. A Jew is making a request of a Samaritan. Jesus was not concerned about customs. He was concerned about souls.

Luke 19:10

April 8, 2021

John 4:8 – (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

Thought: Jesus was traveling to Galilee and went through Samaria. On the journey, He grew weary. While Jesus rested, His disciples went into Shechem to purchase food. This would prove providential. Jesus would be allowed to speak to this woman of Samaria without any opposition from His disciples. Too, they will return while He is speaking to her. This will turn into a learning experience for Jesus’ apostles. Jesus was beginning to remove their barriers of cultural pride and racial prejudice.

Galatians 3:26-29

April 9, 2021

John 4:9 – Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

Thought: Differences like culture, gender, color, age, and economics often keep people alienated from one another. It is sad that men allow these things to divide them rather than uniting in the fact that all are made in the similitude of God. The Jews of Jesus’ day were a very proud people. They knew they were a “holy” nation. Their pride kept them from associating with others like the Samaritans. When the Samaritan woman heard Jesus’ words, she was shocked. Jesus came to destroy these barriers.

Ephesians 2:13-16

April 10, 2021

John 4:10 – Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Thought: Jesus did not address the fact that He crossed racial lines to speak to this woman. Instead, He addressed her spiritual condition and the fact that she was ignorant of two things, the gift of God and the one who presently spoke to her. If she had understood them, she would have asked Him for “living water.” Water is an essential element of life. The living water that Jesus could provide would give eternal life. Sadly, there are many who are still ignorant today and do not ask for the living water.

Hosea 4:6

April 11, 2021

John 4:11 – The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

Thought: This woman did not understand Jesus’ words. She was thinking in physical terms. She knew Jesus had no bucket and no rope. How, then, could He draw water from the well in order to give her life? Many today are much like this woman. They are caught up in the physical world and cannot see spiritual things. Too, they reduce spiritual things to physical aspects of the world. The kingdom of God is an example. Many await a physical kingdom when a spiritual kingdom is already here.

John 18:36

April 12, 2021

John 4:12 – Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

Thought: This woman knew who had dug this well. It was the patriarch Jacob. This well had provided life for Jacob, his children, and his cattle. It continued to provide life to all who drank from it. Jacob had made a wonderful contribution to mankind. This Samaritan woman, therefore, asks Jesus: “Art thou greater than our father Jacob?” Little did she know to whom she was speaking. Yes, He was greater. He was the one for whom Jacob and the patriarchs looked. Again, she exposed her ignorance.

John 8:51-53

April 13, 2021

John 4:13, 14 – Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Thought: Jesus was not sidetracked by the woman’s questions. He continued to talk about living water. Jesus promised her two things. First, those who drink it will never thirst. This is certainly not the case with physical water. Those who drink it thirst again. Second, Jesus promised that this water “shall be in him a well of water springing up into eternal life.” This is specific indication that Jesus has reference to something spiritual. Who would refuse water with these benefits?

I John 2:25

April 14, 2021

John 4:15 – The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

Thought: Previously, we asked: “Who would refuse the living water?” The Samaritan woman did not. She responded, saying: “Sir, give me this water,” but she did not comprehend the truth of Jesus’ words. She said two things about this water. One, she would never thirst again. Two, she would never have to draw water again. We sympathize and hurt for this woman. We understand her ignorance, but we yearn for her to comprehend. We have these same feelings for many today.

Isaiah 55:1

April 15, 2021

John 4:16 – Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

Thought: After speaking to the woman about living water, Jesus asks this woman to call her husband to come to see Him. The question we might ask is: “How did Jesus know this woman had a husband?” Or, we might think that Jesus merely assumed that she has a husband and asked for him to come. His request, however, is for a purpose just like all of Jesus’ actions. Jesus is about to confirm to this woman that He is someone very unique. If we will listen to Jesus, He will never cease to amaze us.

Hebrews 4:13

April 16, 2021

John 4:17, 18 – The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

Thought: When Jesus asked the Samaritan woman to go get her husband, He opened a door into her personal life. Remember, they had just met. Through personal experience, Jesus had never known this woman. The woman admitted to Jesus that she had no husband. She was merely living with a man. In addition, Jesus informs her that she previously had five husbands. Two things stand out about these words. First, how did Jesus know this? Second, this woman was a sinner, yet Jesus spoke to her.

Luke 5:30-32

April 17, 2021

John 4:19 – The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

Thought: Jesus’ knowledge of this woman led her to a conclusion. She said unto him: “Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.” This woman did not deny the evidence. She knew that Jesus had revealed things about her that He only could have known through supernatural ability. Would that more were as honest as this woman about Jesus. They, too, would come to know Jesus as a prophet. In fact, they would come to know Him as “the Prophet.” He is the spokesman for God in the Christian Age.

Deuteronomy 18:18-19

April 18, 2021

John 4:20 – Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Thought: This woman understood the issues that divided the Samaritans and the Jews. She asked Jesus about one matter, the place of worship. The Jews worshipped in Jerusalem. The holy mount of the Samaritans was Gerizim. Jesus and the woman were sitting at the foot of this mountain as they spoke. This woman seemed to understand that both of these groups could not be right. Since she was speaking to a true prophet, she asked Him to clear up the matter. It appears she had an honest heart.

II Kings 17:27-33