- John 4:37-42
- John 4:37 (KJB)
- And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
- This statement is very true in Christianity. When we send Bibles or
Christian material to other people, maybe in other countries, we are
planting the seed by sending the material and when the materials arrive,
they will be placed in the hands of those who do evangelism. We will sow the
seed but another will reap and that is how it has been and will be till the
end. (1 Cor 3:6 KJV) I have planted,
Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 1 Cor.
3:6 adds another dimension to the fact that one sows and another reaps. It
is that God gives the increase. Just as God grows the physical crops we see
on farms, He also gives the increase in spiritual things. We may sow 1000
Bible tracts but maybe only 50 will become saved. Salvation is in the hands
of the Lord and our responsibility is to be faithful in getting the Word
- John 4:38 (KJB)
- I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men
laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
- Here Jesus speaks to His disciples that they will reap where they
bestowed no labor. They have entered into the labors of those who came
before them. Jesus was speaking of men like Moses and the other prophets who
came before them. We can also include men like King David and King Solomon.
The spiritual road had been paved in Israel for about 1500 years and even
going back further to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. So the disciples will be
bringing the Gospel to the people and because of their past, the road has
already been paved. It was not like they were walking into a completely
pagan town or country. God had been dealing with Israel for 1500 years since
Moses and about 500 years before Moses, so there was at least 2,000 years of
prior spiritual activity. As Jesus teaches them about evangelism, when He
goes back to Heaven and sends the promise of the Holy Spirit, they will be
ready to evangelize in places where there was no Gospel preached.
- John 4:39 (KJB)
- And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying
of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
- I am sure that if this woman was married five times and the man she was
now living with was not her husband, she would definitely have been a
subject of discussion around town every now and then. People who knew her
would definitely know her past. Here she comes into town and tells the
people that she met a stranger who knew everything about her and her past.
This testimony of the omniscience of Jesus had caused many of the Samaritans
to believe. This definitely had to be of divine origin because with a person
that has a past like this, it would be hard to take their words for truth.
This is a perfect example of the message being the important thing and not
the messenger. God uses the most unlikely people to bring the message of the
Gospel to others. Then if people believe, you know that it is the message
which brings change and not the messenger.
- John 4:40 (KJB)
- So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he
would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
- Normally the Samaritans would have nothing to do with the Jews because
of the way the Jews thought of them but here the lines of prejudice have
been eliminated as the Samaritans had asked Jesus to remain with them. The
woman had prepared the way for Jesus by her testimony. Jesus was not only a
Jew but He was the long awaited Messiah. True Christianity breaks down all
racial and prejudicial barriers. (1 John
4:18 KJV) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
I am sure as John penned 1 John 4:18, that he probably
had this scene in mind when he saw the prejudicial barriers between the Jews
and Samaritans crumble in an instant because of Jesus. Different races of
people are a tremendous creation of God. I remember some years ago at a
church function an elderly Asian Indian woman had prepared a dish called
Curry Goat. I gave it a try and it was absolutely delicious. Here was a good
example of a real ethnic Indian dish. One more, I went to a party in
Highland Park, NJ many years ago and my friend and I were the only non-Jews
there and it was the first time I ever had falafel. I loved it! I think I
ate most of the bowl.
- John 4:41 (KJB)
- And many more believed because of his own word;
- Then while Jesus was there for the two days, He must have spoken much
and because of this many more believed in Him. Now it had gone beyond the
testimony of the woman and now the people had come to hear Jesus speak
directly to them and many became saved because they believed. It is like
someone handing out tracts and giving the people a small amount of Scripture
verses and commentary and they go buy a Bible and then get the whole story,
from start to finish. The Samaritans heard the living Word of God and today
we read the living Word of God in the King James Bible.
- John 4:42 (KJB)
- And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for
we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ,
the Saviour of the world.
- They initially believed her testimony about Jesus but now since He came
into their town to speak to them, they were given much more beyond the
testimony of one person. She told them about Jesus and they came to Him and
asked Him to stay. The result was that many of them had become saved. They
recognized Him as the Christ or the Messiah. He must have preached some
tremendous messages to them because they were definite in their beliefs that
Christ, who was sitting with them, was the Saviour of the world. It is good
to hear the testimony of others about Christ but when we become saved, the
testimony then becomes ours as well and it becomes a living testimony. They
knew He was Christ because of the inward testimony given by the Holy Spirit.