May 23, 2020 | Encountering Jesus, Part Two: Woman At the Well

Jesus’ Encounter with the Woman at the Well

Jesus spent much of His ministry among the masses, but He also had several life-changing, one-on-one encounters with people who needed exactly what He offered. In part 2 of our three-week series, we’re examining Jesus’ surprising yet divinely planned conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. 

On the surface, this meeting made no sense. She was a Samaritan. She had been divorced five times. She was a woman alone at the well. By all indications, she was an outcast not only in Jewish society but likely in her own Samaritan town. So why would Jesus, a Jewish Man, speak with this woman? Their interaction was no mistake, and Chris will show us exactly how Jesus changed her life by meeting the deepest need of her soul.

Just before ascending to heaven, Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Last week we saw how Jesus’ encounter with the Jewish Pharisee Nicodemus represents Jerusalem and Judea. This week the woman at the well represents Samaria.

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Walk with Jesus and see for yourself where He journeyed! Knowing the rich background and details of the land of Israel, deepens their meaning. 

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Apples of Gold: Faith by the Sword—Or Faith By Love?

In Israel, Arabs and Jewish people are enemies. But Zvi came to his Arab neighbors determined to treat them with love. This shocked the Arabs, who disagreed with his view of the Bible but did not expect the kindness he showed them. While they had people killed for believing a different faith, Zvi showed love to his enemies as Jesus commanded. He told a story from his army days to show that true followers of Jesus practice love in speaking the truth about God’s free gift of salvation.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


Music

The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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