Text: “Come see a Man, which told me all things that ever I did; is not this the Christ?” John 4:29.
“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth (knows, and continues to know) all things."
1 John 3:20.
Good morning, well known Christian! You and I are well known by many of our social contemporaries. In the workplace; in the communities in which we live; in church congregations - nationally and internationally - we may be well known. However, we must at all time try to remember that there is One Who knows us infinitely more; infinitely more than ever we could even know ourselves! That all knowing One is our Saviour, Jesus the risen Christ.
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee…” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Definition of Omniscience: (noun) Knowledge of all things; (adjective) Omniscient: All knowing. (The Chambers Dictionary page 1132)
Our Bible selection from John’s Gospel today reveals many great truths that a light reading of such Scriptures might miss. Let’s look at some of these truths and gain more faith to serve the risen Lord Jesus. (Romans 10:17)
Thirst Created: (V.15) In verse fifteen we see that Christ had created a positive thirst for knowledge of ‘…everlasting life…’ by his interaction with the Samaritan woman. We too should seek to create such a thirst for truth in our day to day interactions with other precious souls yet unsaved. ‘Salty Christians’ serve God well in creating such Eternal thirst.
“Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” (Matthew 5:13)
Christ’s Testing: (V.16) In verse sixteen we see Christ, Who knows all things, testing the Samaritan woman, perhaps to see if she was going to be open and honest to what He had to discuss with her concerning the state of her immortal soul. God tests the unsaved, and the saved daily.
“For Thou, O God, hast proved (tested) us; Thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; Thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but Thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.” (Psalm 66:10-12) Hallelujah! Jesus always brings us victoriously through!
Human Guile: (V.17) Guile is defined as ‘deceit, cunning, craftiness, etc.’ It comes with every natural born sinner, because we are indeed born natural sinners. We do not have to teach a little child how to be deceitful; to tell lies; to be disobedient - children of the flesh do all these things NATURALLY.
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do…” (John 8:44)
The woman therefore tried to deceive the Lord Jesus, she told him that she had, ‘…no husband…’; but the all-knowing Jesus soon exposed her true position in life, ‘…thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband…’ We cannot hide our sins from an all-knowing Lord God.
Ducking & Diving: (V.19-20) When faced with the truth, the woman immediately began to do what many of us have done in similar circumstances - she began to ‘duck and dive’ to try to evade the truth. Adam and Eve tried this tactic in the Garden of Eden to try to hide from the fact of their sins. We cannot prosper by hiding our sins. (Genesis 3:9-13)
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)
Tradition Vs Truth: (Vs.20-24) These verses reveal a debate between traditions and truth. The woman wanted to argue about traditions, the Lord desired to set forth the truth. Religious rituals and traditions mean nothing. The truth, found only in Christ Jesus, and in His Word, means the difference between suffering in eternal darkness or basking in God’s ethereal light. Choose truth and live.
God-given Faith: (Vs.25-30) These verses reveal a clear pattern of Christian belief and Eternal Salvation. The woman heard the Truth speaking the truth; she received saving faith by hearing the truth; Jesus personally revealed Himself to her as the long-awaited, all-knowing Christ; the woman received His Word; dropped everything; and ‘…went her way into the city, and saith…Come, see a Man, which told me all things that ever I did; is this not the Christ?’ Hallelujah! The woman was saved to serve Christ Jesus.
Thought: Praise the Lord God Who knows us infinitely better than what we know ourselves – yet, in spite of all our faults, still loves us infinitely.