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Condemn the Woman or Save The City?

John Collins01/13/2014
Seek The Truth Blog

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There are hundreds of wonderful things that can be said about the Grace of Jesus Christ when you read John chapter four concerning the woman at the well. It is a true picture of the Love of God towards His people. Through His perfect Love and Grace that he displayed to the woman, many in the city were saved! Examining this story in Scripture, and having been trained under the ministry of William Branham, one can only ask themselves: "Would we treat her with the same respect?"

The people of Samaria thought themselves to be the true Children of Israel, and believed that their mountain held the temple of God. Jerusalem, they believed, were influence with pagan ideas through Babylon captivity.  Samaritans believed that Jerusalem had strayed far from the One True God. And to some extent, they were correct; the Scribes and the Pharisees studied the Law of Moses without understanding the reason for the Law. 

But the Jews in Jerusalem knew that the Temple of David was the temple of God. They knew that Mount Zion was the Holy Hill. They saw the Samaritans as a misguided people, and because of their error, had cut them off from their circles of fellowship.  Over time the two groups became divided to the point that Jesus used a Samaritan in his parable for its ironic effect.  Both groups had strayed from God, and both groups felt themselves better than the other. 

When Jesus spoke with the woman at the well, however, He showed no disrespect. In fact, he displayed no condemnation or correction. Rather than tell the woman that she was living in sin, Jesus simply told her that she was living with a man who was not her husband. She was not ex-communicated from God or even instructed to leave the man that had taken her under his care. 

Many of you are familiar with Branham's condemning words against this woman. Many of you are familar with his harsh judgment against any who did not follow his way of teaching. But have you considered the contrast between harsh words of accusation and the Love that Christ displayed as we read this chapter? 

To the Scribes and Pharisees -- the ones oppressing the people under the rigid Mosaic Law -- Jesus spoke with harsh, cutting words. Christ exposed the failure of the Law, how it was unable to save men from sin. He exposed their unrighteousness, how they had lost the love for their fellow man by following the letter of the Law.  But he did not rebuke the ones that suffered under their wrongs.  Instead, we find Christ exposing the hearts of men by asking, "Whoever is without sin, cast the first stone!"  We find that He did not condemn woman at the well with harsh words of accusation.  Instead, He spoke gentle words that increased her faith in Him!  

Jesus told her that the people of her city worshipped what they did not understand. Jesus told her that the time was at hand when the people would no longer worship the Father in either temple, on either mountain. They would worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. 

The Bible mentions no punishment, penalty, or judgment for her sin.  Jesus Christ had come to pay the penalty, offering Himself as the atonement.  Instead of rebuking the woman, we find the exact opposite:  He pointed her to the Father: 

"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:23-24) 

As Christians, we should examine our hearts. Are our words gentle? Are they filled with the Love and Grace that Christ showed to this woman of Samaria? Do our words point others to the Truth with patience and sincerety? Do we offer insults that result in shock and anger, or do we lead them into to a strong, burning desire to learn more about Jesus Christ? 

If we were placed into this situation today, would we condemn this woman, insulting her with a derogatory name of "dogmeat" as we were trained in the following of William Branham, or would we show them so much love that they run tell others that God loved us enough to send His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for their sins?  

Would we condemn the woman, or save the city?