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Woman at the Well, Part 3: Cutting to the Chase – Herstory

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The Woman at the Well is a fascinating anecdote in John’s Gospel.  It is featured in no other account of Jesus’ ministry but so much is going on in this story that I can’t help but reflect deeply on this story and all of the layers of impact it has on life today.

In Part 1 of this series, I reflected on the beginning of the story – the reason the story even came about.  Jesus was on a long hot journey by foot from Jerusalem to Galilee via Samaria.  He stopped at Jacob’s Well for water around noontime, and began an innocent conversation with a woman drawing water for her household.  Sounds normal right?  In that day, at that time, a Jewish man interacting with a Samaritan woman at a well in the heat of the day add up to a bizarre, almost singular occurrence.

In Part 2 I pried into the reality of how many cultural norms were being shattered by Jesus in addressing this nameless woman.  Many people today view Christianity as the conservative, regressive religion that oppresses people but this story as it unfolds demonstrates the shocking irreligious nature of Jesus and His message.  It spells out a countercultural Jesus, a Jesus who had enough of people treating Samaritans like scum; women like chattel; sinners like pariahs.

In part 3, I am going to expand on what the real issue was.  It wasn’t her Samaritan background that was keeping her from the living water that Jesus was offering.  It wasn’t her femaleness.  It was her story.  Her history.  It was the emotional aftermath of the life she had been living to this point. Read the rest of this entry »

Life on Hold

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“… Please wait while your call is connected… ”

Life just got placed on hold. Was gearing up for my first message in 2 weeks and then an odd thing happens. Our second oldest, Lyndan starts having this funny thing happen to his eye. Then he starts getting really dizzy.

We take him into emergency and 4 hours +  an MRI later,  and we are told he has a brain tumour. 8 hours later it still seems like it’s all made up.

We still know little.  We don’t know if it is operable or not. We don’t know if it is cancerous or not. We only know we are driving to Calgary this morning to get him admitted to Alberta Children’s Hospital. We do know two things though.

1. A lot of people are praying for us right now.  Like a lot. And that is comforting. I pray that God uses this nasty thing to reawaken some people’s faith and draws people closer to Him even as they think about us.

2.  God is getting our attention. I hate that it takes awful circumstances to do that, but it is this kind of time that brings into sharp focus what we really believe. And I know with certainty that God is with us. “draw close to Him and He will draw close to you, ” James wrote. We need Him more than ever.

God has brought me to my knees twice in my life. The first time was when Lyndan was 3 and he went into shock from what we think was either an intususseption (?)  or a temporarily blocked intestine from a swallowed dime. It doesn’t matter what it was – when you come home from work to see an ambulance on your lawn and your 3 year old being wheeled out on a gurney,  you get on your knees. And God performed a miracle that day. By the time Lyndan reached the hospital,  they could find no sign of whatever it was that the paramedics were certain he was in serious condition with.

The second time was last night.

I am wondering if we shouldn’t have named Lyndan more Biblically. I think his name would have been “getting my attention”. Because God certainly has used him for that.

Now,  God, how about another miracle?

Moses and Jesus: Encouraging Copycats

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It’s been a little while since I have blogged on here!  Wow.  Ah well.  I am not writing this for anyone but myself anyway.  If people find it interesting to read, you’re welcome to read it. I don’t promise earth-shattering insight, only what strikes me.  In my life I have spent a lot of time worrying that everyone else knew more than I did.  Now, I don’t worry so much.  So if what I find to be a new and original though is something you learned years before, give yourself a gold star and then celebrate with me.

On with the show.

So, obviously Jesus is going to have similarities to other great prophets.  His miracles were not just miracles to identify Him as God and King, but to also demonstrate supremacy over other prophets.  So as I was reading through Numbers (which was like a breath of fresh air after 3/4 of Exodus and the Law) I was struck with the similarities between Jesus feeding the multitudes and the whinging of Israel for meat (Numbers 11).

But right smack in the middle of the miracle of the quail, there is this little account of God establishing 70 men to have leadership under Moses.  God gives them a measure of the Spirit that is on Moses, causing them to prophesy.  A couple of them do it in the middle of the camp.  Prophesying when the Spirit is on you obviously involves speaking with a certain level of authority, and Joshua, Moses’ right hand man takes exception.  To him it looks like these two guys are pulling a Moses in front of everyone.  But Moses’ response is strikingly similar to another one.  Check it out:

28 Joshua son of Nun, assistant to Moses since his youth, responded, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”
29 But Moses asked him, “Are you jealous on my account? If only all the Lord’s people were prophets and the Lord would place His Spirit on them!”  Numbers 11:28-29 (HCSB)

An interlude with Jesus:

49 John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” 50But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:49-50 (HCSB)

Both feature people who appear to be assuming the authority of the master, and the follower of the master acting jealous for their master.  But in both cases, the master (Moses and Jesus) feels no need to protect what is perceived to be his, and encourages others seeking to emulate himself.  I find that lesson to be enlightening.

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