John 4

John 4: Men Worship the Father

                Jesus goes to Galilee, and on His journey He passed through Samaria, in a small city near Samaria named Sychar. This was also near a parcel of land that Joseph received from his father. In this area was Jacob’s well and sitting near the well was a Samarian woman…

Jesus: “…Give me to drink.” (John 4:7)

Samaritan woman: “… How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.” (John 4:9)

Jesus: “…If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith unto thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked him, and he would have given thee living water.” (John 4:10)

Samaritan woman: “…Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?” (John 4:11)

Jesus: “Art thou greater than our father Jacob…? …Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:12-14)

Samaritan woman: “…Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not…” (John 4:15)

Jesus then asks the woman to go and comeback with her husband, the woman tells Jesus that she doesn’t have a husband and Jesus points out that she has actually had five husbands and the man she is currently with was not her husband. The woman perceives Jesus to be a prophet.

Jesus goes on to explain that man must worship the Father, because the people now do not know what the worship; “Ye worship ye know not what…” (John 4:22) But Jesus goes on to explain that the true worshippers shall come and worship the “…Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23)

Jesus goes on to explain; “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) But is God a Spirit? No. God has a body of flesh and bones, because we were created in His image; “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26) God is like us, because we are His children. The only difference is that He is God and has a PERFECT BODY, a GLORIFIED BODY of FLESH AND BONES.

In the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible it clears up what centuries of corruption and error on the part of historians and translators of the Bible had made; “For unto such hat God promised his Spirit. And they, who worship him, must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24; Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible)

So instead of saying ‘God is a Spirit’, it was actually meant to read ‘God has promised us His Spirit’. It is easy to see how over thousands of years, the Bible could have been changed by corrupt men or by simple error when translating or making hand written copies of the Bible.

The Samaritan woman then said to Jesus:  “The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.” (John 4:25) Jesus responds to her: “… I that speak unto thee am he.” (John 4:26)

The Apostles came to Jesus and marveled that He would speak to such a woman, the woman left her waterpot and went her way into the city to tell them of her experience. Soon, she brought a multitude of people who desired to know if Jesus was truly the Christ. Shortly before the group of people came to Jesus, His Apostles desired that He would eat, but Jesus refused and said; “

…I have meat to eat that ye know not of…My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:32,34)

Jesus then looks at the Apostles and tells them; “…behold…Lift us your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that repeat may rejoice together” (John 4:35-36)

Many of the Samaritans that had gathered believed on the words of Jesus, and the people sought that Jesus could stay with them a while, and Jesus stayed for two days. After the two days had come to an end, Jesus departed for Galilee. When He arrived, the Galilaeans received Him, because they had seen and heard of all the miracles He performed in Jerusalem. Jesus went to Cana of Galilee, where He made the water into wine and was able to heal the son of a noble man in Capernaum, who was sick.

Jesus taught that some people; “…Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.” (John 4:48)

Summary of Micah

Summary of Micah

Chapter by Chapter:

Micah 1-2: Micah prophesies of the downfall of Samaria and Jerusalem/The destruction of Israel

Micah 3-4: Pastors for Money/The Millennium

Micah 5-7: Messiah shall be born/They are not serving the Lord The Lord will have mercy on Israel

 

The prophet Micah wrote this book around 742-686 B.C. Key personalities are all the people of Samaria and Jerusalem.

 

The purpose of the book of Micah was to proclaim warning and judgment to both the Northern and the Southern Kingdoms. His message was similar to that of Isaiah and was written at about the same time. Micah described the impending judgment that would eventually exile the nation.

 

•    In Chapters 1-5: Explain the judgment for the wicked nations, “…I will make Samaria an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof”(Micah 1:6). Later in chapter five Micah foretells of the birthplace of the Messiah in Bethlehem. Micah also explains about the divine and eternal purposes of the Savior “…whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2)

 

•    In chapters 6-7: Micah declares what God requires of men, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly…” (Micah 6:8). Micah then explains to the reader God’s restoration and salvation to His people, “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.” (Micah 7:18)

Micah 1-2

Micah 1-2

Chapter 1: Micah prophesies of the downfall of Samaria and Jerusalem

The word of the Lord comes to Micah during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah of Judah. The Lord tells Micah that He will tread down the high places, the mountains will melt under Him, and the valleys will split like wax before the fire! Samaria will be left desolate in judgment, because of its idolatry. Because of this great destruction, this will cause Micah to wail and howls like an animal. The surrounding nations will know of Israel’s shame.

 

Chapter 2: The destruction of Israel

“Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil… they covet fields, and take them by violence…” (Micah 2:1-2) The Lord will take away the heritage of people who work iniquity. God’s people reject the word of His prophets. False prophets will rise and will prophesy days of wine and drink. Israel will be restored!

Hosea 7-8

Hosea 7-8

Chapter 7: Israel and her sins

Israel thinks the Lord has forgotten their wickedness and continues to defy God’s commandments. Israel is compared to a baker’s oven, their heart is inflamed after idols. Israel has bred itself with other peoples. Israel is compared to a silly dove without a heart, calling to Egypt and flying to Assyria. God says; “Woe to them! for they have fled from me…” (Hosea 7:13)

Chapter 8: Israel and Judah have forsaken the Lord

Both Israel and Judah have forsaken the Lord. The Lord’s anger has risen because of idols, such as Samaria’s calf. They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind. Israel is compared as a wild donkey that has wandered to Assyria. Israel considers God’s law to be “… counted as a strange thing” (Hosea 8:12). Because Israel has forgotten its maker, fire shall be sent against its cities.

Ezekiel 23-24

Ezekiel 23-24

Chapter 23: Two Sister Whores

Samaria and Jerusalem are compared as two harlots, whom were beautiful virgins. These daughters were from one mother, however, they decided to destroy their beauty and remove their virginity by committing whoredoms in Egypt. Then they continued on to commit sexual sins with the Assyrians (Samaria and Jerusalem) and the Babylonians (Jerusalem). They are brought to a lowly state by those they doted on (doted:  those whose idolatrous practices they adopted). God, however, knows of their nakedness of their whoredoms shall be discovered, and both will be destroyed for their sins.

Chapter 24: Ezekiel = Sign

Jerusalem is compared to the scum in a pot of boiling water with bones and meat in it. Her scum shall be in the fire. The Lord causes Ezekiel’s wife to die, but as a sign to the Jews, Ezekiel is not allowed to mourn. This lack of mourning indicates that the Jerusalem will not be permitted to mourn for its forthcoming calamity.