hiding behind the lie
Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2388
Joh 4:15 “Sir,” the woman said to him, “give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to pass through here to take out water.”
Joh 4:16 “Go call your husband,” he says to her, “and come back here.”
Joh 4:17 “I don’t have a husband,” she answered. Jesus said “You have correctly said, ‘I don’t have a husband,
Joh 4:18 Because you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”
Joh 4:19 “Sir,” the woman says, “I infer that you are a prophet.
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you people are saying that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Joh 4:21 Jesus says to her, “Believe me, woman, an hour is coming when you will neither worship the Father on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
Joh 4:22 You Samaritans are worshiping what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. And the Father is looking for worshipers like this.
Joh 4:24 God is a spirit, and those who worship him must worship spiritually and truthfully.”
Joh 4:25 The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming” (the one being called Christ). “Whenever that one comes, he will report everything to us.”
Joh 4:26 Jesus told her, “I am he, the one speaking with you.”
hiding behind the lie
The Samaritan woman appears to have been trying to deflect from her own uncomfortable moral situation by bringing up a theological disagreement between the Jews and the her people. She was happy to defer to the future Messiah to sort the disagreement out. That way, she could avoid the question. The problem was, the Messiah was already there. Jesus, the great I AM (Ἐγώ εἰμι) was the one speaking with her.
We do not have to wait for Christ to come again to solve our theological problems. We have the definitive Word from God in Christ himself, and he points us to the scripture, which he says cannot be broken (John 10:35). We can know the truth.
LORD, keep us from hiding behind the lie that your truth cannot be known.