The word “husband” is just a simple word.  By definition it is “A married man considered in relation to his spouse.” (Oxford Living Dictionaries)  On the humorous side, the Urban Dictionary states that a husband is “A man so special that you're willing to tolerate him for the rest of your life.”  The word husband is an ordinary word, a benign word.  But not for everyone.
Last time we looked at the discussion Jesus had with a lady we know as the Samaritan woman.  They were talking about water. Her view of things was somewhat upside down. On the one hand, she saw herself as a Samaritan woman who was able to assist a thirsty Jewish man with a drink of water.  On the other hand, however, it was actually a situation in which the Son of God was about to offer her "living water" - water that she really didn’t know that she needed. That’s where the word “husband” comes in.
As you read through the text in John 4 the transition in conversation seems abrupt.  Why would Jesus all of the sudden say, “Go call your husband”? (v.16)  First, Jesus, by showing that He knew of her complicated marital past, was establishing credibility with her.  In fact, after their conversation she left and went to town saying, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” (29)  Another thing, however, that is happening is that Jesus is awakening her inner thirst, her need for forgiveness, her guilt.
Like I mentioned, the word “husband” is typically a neutral word, but to her it was extremely stirring.  We learn that she had five husbands and the man she was currently with was not her husband. (Jn. 4:18)  Such a history is likely a reflection upon her character.  I don’t think it’s unreasonable to infer that there’s a hint of culpability on her part, although the divorce law of that age was lenient. “Among the Jews,” says one commentary, “the great Hillel is reported to have said that a man might properly divorce his wife if she burnt his dinner while cooking.  It is not likely that any loftier ideals of matrimony were held among the Samaritans.”
You know the Samaritan woman’s not the only one that has a word.  We all have “a word.” A word which denotes a past, a struggle, some guilt or regret.  A word that says, “I wish I wouldn’t have.” “I shouldn’t have.” “If I could do it all over again I wouldn’t, etc.”  You probably don’t have to think long to come up with that word in your life.
There’s another word, however, that I want to remind us of.  That word is “grace”! Because of the grace of God and what was manifested at the Cross we can have hope.  There’s another good word - “hope”! Paul said, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)  Man, have those two words (grace / hope) made a difference in my life!  Thank you, Lord. More to come.
You are loved,
LB

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Samaritan Woman – A Simple Word

August 18, 2018

08/18/2018

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