God's Work

Doing God's work

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John 4 Bible Study
John 4:7-19 Samaritan Woman
John 4:20-30 Place of Worship

John 4:31-42 God's Work

John 4:43-54 A Prophet Has No Honor
JOHN 4:31-34  31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

How does Jesus' attitude toward doing God’s work, including evangelizing, differ from those of many "Christians" today?
Jesus considers doing God's work His "food" (John 4:32). The latter consider it a chore.

How often do we eat?
Everyday, and hopefully several times a day.

So how often should we be doing God’s work?
Everyday, and hopefully several times a day.

JOHN 4:31-38  35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

What does Jesus mean by, "Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’"?
Given the fertility of Israel, there are two planting seasons per year and four months is the time between planting and harvest. Jesus is telling them not to wait around, for the fields are "already white for harvest!" (John 4:35)

What does John 4:36-37 imply?
The person who "sows" or first tells someone about Jesus may not be the one who gets to witness Jesus' become his or her personal Savior. But both the sower and the reaper will "rejoice together" in heaven if not already on earth.

Do Jesus’ words to the disciples sound congratulatory or admonishing?

Between them and the woman, who was more qualified to tell the villagers about Jesus?

JOHN 4:39-42  39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

Why did the “many” (John 4:39) Samaritans believe in Jesus?
Many believed simply based on the woman’s account.

Why might they have been intrigued by what she had to say?
Since she was on her sixth "husband" (John 4:18), she may have had a reputation in the town, and for her to declare, "He told me all that I ever did" (John 4:29) may have perked some ears. This also means that she risked or took on personal embarrassment for a chance to tell people about Jesus.

Would you?

Why or when did “many more” believe in Jesus?
After having heard "His own word" (John 4:41) for themselves. It's imperative for what you believe to be grounded directly in the Word of God, which you must read for yourself. The destiny of your soul is too important for you to outsource it to someone else regardless of how learned they may seem.

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