Day 4: Jesus Journeys from Judea to Galilee
Reading: John 4
Today we read about a journey Jesus took, from the Judean countryside to Galilee. In the midst of this journey we read about an encounter with a woman from the town of Sychar, a Samaritan town. On the surface this seems like an ordinary encounter, but is it?
The Bible is an incredible book. The apostle Paul sums it up perfectly as he encourages the young Timothy with these words.
You must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the Holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
As we dig deeper into God’s Word it illuminates the way of salvation through faith in Jesus.
Digging is important.
When I was younger I once dug a huge hole in our back garden. As I dug deeper and deeper, I came across things which weren’t seen from the surface. Hidden things. New things.
It can be so easy for us to read God’s Word and simply skim over the surface without digging into what we’ve read. We miss hidden things. We miss new understanding.
The apostle Paul writes that “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful…” There are no throw away comments or sidenotes in the Bible. Everything is there for a purpose.
As I read God’s Word I am always asking myself this question.
Why go through Samaria?
Why does Scripture tell us it was noon?
Why is the woman confused at Jesus’ request?
Why were the disciples surprised?
I could go on.
As we begin to dig in order to understand why, we begin to illuminate the way of Jesus and who He is. Our faith grows and we can trust Him in a greater measure.
Dig a little deeper into the bible passage.
Share what you found with your Connect Group.
If you’re not sure where to start, talk to your Connect Leader.
Contributed by Jonny