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JOHN 4 BIBLE STUDY

John 4:31-42 God's Work

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.

What was Jesus' food unknown to His disciples?
Doing the work of God the Father: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” (John 3:34)

What work of God the Father had Jesus been doing?
Evangelizing the Samaritan woman.

Why does Jesus call doing God's work His “food”?
Doing God's work nourishes Him and gives Him energy. He looks forward to it, enjoys it, and can't live without doing God's work.

Is that your attitude toward doing God's work, including evangelism?
 

JOHN 4:35-38  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 him or her get saved. But both the sower and the reaper will “rejoice together” in heaven if they haven't already on earth.

Do Jesus’ words to the disciples sound congratulatory or admonishing?
Admonishing, but why?

Between them and the Samaritan woman, who was more qualified to tell the people of Sychar 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's testimony: “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 as “the Christ, the Savior of the World” (John 4:42)?
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 eternal destination 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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