Bible study ‘Gospel of John’ – Chapter 4
Before reading this blog/Bible study, please start your time with first praying to God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through this Bible study. Ask God to give you insight and knowledge to understand the secrets and treasures He has stored for us in this chapter of the Bible. Also I ask to read (even more then one time) the chapter first before proceeding with reading this Bible study. God knows what you need to learn, not me .. I just write what I receive from the Holy Spirit.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Welcome back to the Bible study on the Gospel of John. I pray that God will also bless us while we are on this journey through the fourth and last of the Gospels. It has already been a great journey so far with doing the Bible studies over the first three Gospels and I ask God to also bless this Bible study on the Gospel of John. That He will guide us and show us all that we need to learn and know!
Thank you also for blessing this blog for this coming year!
In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John we will discuss the following chapters:
- Jesus talks with a Samaritan woman
- The disciples rejoin Jesus
- Many Samaritans believe
- Jesus heals an official’s son
Jesus talks with a Samaritan woman
Jesus was going back tot Galilee and had to go through Samaria. During His travel He sat down at the well (which Jacob had given to his son Joseph) to rest. Around noon a Samaritan woman came and Jesus asked her for water. She immediately was surprised that a Jew would talked to her, as Jews and Samaritans did not associate (normally) with one another. Jesus answers her question with a counter question and ask her if she knows who He is and if she knows about His gift. And that she would have asked Him for His living water. Just like when we are not yet far into our faith, then we can ask questions that shows that were are not really understanding Gods word. The Samaritan woman says that He has no bucket or place to get this living water from. Jesus explains that from normal water we will get thirsty again, but from the living water we will never get thirsty again. Then she understands and want to have this living water! The living water is when we give our heart to the Lord!
Then Jesus shows that He knows everything about her and tells her of all the 5 man that she has been in a relationship with. Then she again understand that He is not just a random man. The continue to talk and now on worshipping. She tells on the (fake) gods they worship. In this conversation Jesus tells about the faith of the Jew and then the woman tells on the Savior from the Jews that is to come to explain all. And then He makes it known to hear that He is that one. How shocked and amazed will she have been when He made himself known. For us it also important to know that God is always around us and not a far away God. He literally can sit next to, so make sure to worship Him and to life your life according to His will, because before you know He will be back again!
The disciples rejoin Jesus
Know the disciples came and saw Jesus talk with the Samaritan woman and by their harsh reaction they also showed the hostile relation between the two nations. Where the woman first did not see anything special in Jesus (and did not even know that it was Jesus), know she is telling other that He is the Messiah and that He knew everything about her. Let all that God has done in your life, be a reason to testify on exactly those things to others!
The disciples now urged Jesus to eat. And He told them that He already had food to eat. They did not understand and thought that someone else already brought some. Jesus explains that He is talking about doing the will of God. If we do the will of God then it will feed our soul spiritually. So we should do and desire to the will of God! God also tells us that He has and will do the work that we may reap from while we did not work for it. Thank God for this beautiful gift!
Many Samaritans believe
After Jesus meeting with the Samaritan woman a lot of other Samaritans came to faith in Jesus Christ. It is very beautiful to know that by reaching one person to accept the gospel it could very well be that that person is responsible for bringing even more people to faith!
Jesus heals an official’s son
During Passover God was in Galilee and a man from Capernaum came to Him telling Him that his son was dying and he pleaded Jesus to help him. Jesus told him that people only believe when they see something, that is why He sent him home and during His way back it was informed that His son was healed! Amen!
God bless you all!