Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Caste, Spiritual Growth, & Forgotten Equality John 4:40-43
40: So when the Samaritans had come to him they asked him if he would stay a while with them and he stayed there two days 41: And many more believed because of his own word 42: And said to the woman Now we believe not because of your saying [but] because we have heard him ourselves and know that this is indeed ho Christos the Savior of the world 43: Now after two days he departed from there and went into Galilee
 Do we detect a hint of misogyny in this statement? Did their decision to believe that Jesus was Messiah have to be qualified because of the low reputation of the person who had led them to him, or was it simply because that person was a woman? " Now we believe "not" because of what you said..." They had listened to her long enough for her to lead them to the water of life—which they joyfully drank from—and then, as respecters of persons, appear to have acted on a sinful need to distance themselves from her. How many Christians, today, because of caste or low social standing, feel outcast among God’s people—among those who call themselves brethren? This should not be so among any who call themselves by the name of Christ. Could this scene in John Chapter four be a brief glimpse into how the new believers of Samaria were disinclined to let go of the familiar, yet destructive and cruel, caste system for the seemingly new, but completely forgotten to them, system of equality re-introduced by Jesus (Genesis 1:27-28, 5:2)? Even Peter fell prey to strong—but utterly sinful and divisive—cultural traditions Galatians 2:11-14 Could this scene at the Samaritan well be an example of the war between the two natures of audawm—the physical and the spiritual? Were the people of Samaria already rejecting their messenger of good tidings because of who she was? If they were, we can be sure Jesus set them straight on that score, as he stayed and taught them for another two days. No one comes to Christ except the Spirit lead them—regardless of who the messenger is. To reject the messenger because of reputation, or sex—or both—is wrong. And it appears the people of Samaria were attempting to do just that. The act of coming to Christ is just the beginning. Everyone begins their new life in Christ at the same place—as newly born-again babes—and must grow spiritually from there. The ground is level at the cross, and spiritual growth can only be accomplished through feeding from (and obedience to) the Word of God—the Bible—as illuminated by the Spirit of God 1 John 3:27. Jesus said knowing the Word is never enough, but one must be a doer of the Word as well Matthew 7:24-27.
List of Untranslated Words in the HHBC
Adam H120 Pronounced “audawm” The name of the first man, and the name God gave to both the first man and the first woman; the entire human race—homosapiens in general; mixed crowds in the Hebrew are also referred to as adam.
Audawm The phonetic spelling and pronunciation of the Hebrew (H120) adam. In the HHBC, when H120 is used in reference to groups of both females and males, or of the human race in general, the phonetic spelling of “audawm” will be used. In both Old and New Testament commentary in place of androcentric translation such as mankind or human race, the phonetic spelling of audawm will be used. The word “Adam” will be used only when the text is specifically referencing the first male.
Christos G5547 pronounced kree-stos: Christ; Anointed One; Messiah
Ho G3588 definite article corresponding to: the; this; that. Other usages include: of; etc.; who; which