There’s been lots to learn from the series “Going through Samaria”. I hope you have been listening along on heaven983.com on Wednesdays at noon EST. I started the series talking about the misguided Pharisees. A Pharisee is a very religious person who observes tradition in a very strict manner. They did not believe that Jesus was who He said He was. They desired to create conflict between His disciples and John the Baptist’s disciples as to who was baptizing the most people. Jesus left this scene because He was on God’s schedule and He had no desire to involve Himself in conflict. The Pharisees did not understand that He (Jesus) was the fulfillment of the law and felt uncomfortable and challenged by everything that Jesus did. Jesus stated in John 4:4 that he had to go through Samaria to get to Galilee. This was true physically, as He would have had to pass through Samaria to get there, but it was also true Spiritually. There was work that Jesus had to do in Samaria because He was on God’s schedule and He was doing the work God would have Him do. The Gospel had to be shared in Samaria. In other words, there were people in Samaria who needed salvation and His plan was to go through Samaria and share the gospel.
Well, what did Samaria represent? The Jews didn’t mix with the Samarians. They were a mix of people who the king of Assyria brought there. He did not bring there the children of Israel. They ended up making gods of their own whom they served even though they did fear the Lord. (II Kings 17:24-33) Samaria did not represent a place of purity or wholesomeness. It represented a place where Jews just did not go, but Jesus had a Spiritual and a physical reason to go there.
Where is your Samaria? What is the place that you are supposed to go that may not be such a pleasant place? Who is it hard for you to love? Who are you avoiding that needs the gospel? Where has God sent you that you may be unwilling to go? The Samaria’s in our lives are very important. Not just because going there represents obedience to God, but also because the people there are in need of what you are carrying. Jonah’s Samaria was Nineveh. He did not want to go. He didn’t want to go so bad that he ended up in the belly of a whale. Remember that your Samaria will represent:
Go where God says to go and do what God says to do. As we continue in the story we see where families were saved because Jesus went through Samaria. Our charge is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to a dying world. Go forth and share the gospel as He has directed you!