Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
December 7, 2018

The Samaritans believe that, more than 3600 years ago, they came to live on Mount Gerizim because Moses, ordered them to protect it as a sacred mountain and worship on it by making pilgrimages to it three times a year.

There are many significant differences between Ancient Samaritans and Ancient Judeans. However they both believed themselves to be the true people of Israel.

So, to insure loyalty King Sargon had Samaria populated with inhabitants of the city of Cutha (north of Babylon).

If man chooses against the One true GOD, well then Satan and the KOD have plenty of false gods choices.

What was called Israelite worship that developed in the Northern Kingdom included the rejection of Jerusalem as the main city of the Israelites and thus the Davidic dynasty as well. They had their own kings.

They only followed the TORAH, and only those five books. They built their own temple. They believed that the only proper way to worship GOD was to do it on Mt. Gerizim, not on Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem.

Perhaps that is the real reason that the LORD said go get your husband.
Maybe it was a conviction to her current status.
Whatever the case the LORD does not dwell on it at all.

In other encounters with women of ill repute the LORD gives them a command after HE forgives their sin:
go and sin no more in that area.

Women typically could not divorce their husbands. In the 1st century typically only men could have a divorce granted.

Beyond being considered cursed by GOD, barren women were often
divorced so that a man could marry another woman who might
better provide a son.

There is a chance that the Samaritan woman was barren and that she was unable to remain married because she could not provide a son for any of her husbands. There is a another possibility that her husbands were killed. Maybe a combination of the 2.

But once she knows HE is a Jew, a Judean, she knows the crux of the rift between the peoples. She brings it to the forefront.

To announce to her and the Samaritans that the great I AM is here.

But once she knows HE is a Jew, a Judean, she knows the crux of the rift between the peoples. She brings it to the forefront.

“Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and
you say that in Jerusalem where men ought to worship.”

Perhaps the most important clue we have is that the men in the town listen to her when she says: HE is here…she says and they go out to meet HIM.

Early Christians by tradition give this Samaritan woman a name, Photina, meaning “enlightened one.”
By tradition she went to Jerusalem and helped spread the Gospel.

LUK 9:51-56, As the time approached for HIM to be taken up to heaven, Jesus returned to Jerusalem. And HE sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for HIM; but the people there did not welcome HIM (why?), because HE was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then he and his disciples went to another village.

In any event the point was the town rejected HIM because HE was going to worship in Jerusalem, not at Mt Gerizim.

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