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What does Jesus mean when he speaks to the Samaritan woman at the well about “living water,” and what are the Old Testament roots of this imagery? Who were the Samaritans anyway, and why were they so despised by the Judeans of the first century? Finally, what can we learn from this text about sharing the gospel with others? On this edition of the program the hosts will discuss these issues and more as they begin chapter four of John’s Gospel.
“That reminds me of Jeremiah 2. I think we referenced that a little bit earlier but, “Be appalled, O heavens, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” And just that reality that the thirst is there. There’s this desperate need for something and they think, “Okay, I need water so let me hew this and let me work hard. Let me work my hands to the bone to create this thing to maybe have some water.” And yet, they go to the wrong place. And that’s what Jesus is saying to the...
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