Pre-Judging Others

Sunday, March 24, 2019

After the northern kingdom, with its capital at Samaria, fell to the Assyrians, many Jews were deported to Assyria, and foreigners were brought in to settle the land and help keep the peace(2 Kings 17:24). The intermarriage between those foreigners and the remaining Jews resulted in a mixed race, impure in the opinion of Jews who lived in the southern kingdom. Thus the pure Jews hated this mixed race called Samaritans because they felt that their fellow Jews who had intermarried had betrayed their people and nation. The Samaritans had set up an alternate center for worship on Mount Gerizim (John 4:20) to parallel the temple at Jerusalem, but it had been destroyed 150 years earlier. The Jews did everything they could to avoid traveling through Samaria. But Jesus had no reason to live by such cultural restrictions. In John 4:4, the Bible says, Jesus "had to pass through Samaria." The route through Samaria was shorter, and that was the route He took in order to witness to the Samaritan women at Jacob's well. How do you feel about other nationalities who intermarry? Are your feelings preventing you from sharing the gospel of Jesus with them? Jesus had to go to Samaria. As a result, the Bible says "From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all the things I have done" (John 4:39). Ask God to show you someone to whom you can witness and invite to "a place for every race." All human beings are related, going back to Adam and Eve. Mankind is a family that shares one flesh and blood. Remember this when prejudice enters your mind or hatred invades your feelings.