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What do we learn from the Samaritan woman?

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The story of the Samaritan woman, found in John 4, is typical of many of Jesus’ encounters with individuals.

Samaritans were a mixed race and hated by the Jewish people. However, Jesus crossed social and cultural barriers to reach out to this woman, and prepare the way for future revival when Philip visited Samaria some time later.

In John 4:34, Jesus explained His actions to His disciples. “My food, Jesus said, is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.” What work is He talking about here? He continues in verse 35, “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Clearly the work Jesus is talking about finishing, is the work of the harvest. He said this in a cross cultural ministry context.

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