Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Seventh Man in John 4

I haven't wrote on the blog in a while, since I have been very busy moving back to Austin and getting ready for the semester to start. Well, the semester started yesterday and this evening was an enjoyable beginning with a welcome dinner for Christians on Campus. I have to blog about the dinner tonight because afterward, brother Cary Ard gave a short message on John 4, including the title verse of this blog.

One new thing impressed me very much about the passage. Jesus was actually the seventh man met by the Samaritan woman at the well. The first five were husbands and the sixth was not her husband (v. 18), but perhaps a man she was living with at the time. What is the significance of these first six men? Each one represents something in the physical realm that she went to for satisfaction, but could not satisfy her. That's why she kept searching for a new man to satisfy her! For those of us in college, our "husbands" could be many different things. Some of us may seek satisfaction from new clothes, from new electronics, or from new friends. But in the end, none of these things in the physical realm will satisfy.

The only thing that will satisfy us is the seventh man, Jesus! When the woman met Jesus, she met the living water which quenched her thirst forever (v. 13-14). In the same way, I beseech the Lord that we would each meet him in such a personal way as the one who satisfies our thirst.

Then we can truly say, "Come, see man."


p.limanjaya said...

that's awesome!! Come see a man!

stefan misaras said...

Wow, I never thought of the Lord's encounter with the Samaritan woman in this way! What a fresh view...

I was recently impressed with the fact that everyone who drinks of THIS WATER(John 4:13) will thirst again... - it looks like we may give up some of "THIS WATER" to drink the Lord, but we later find some more of "THIS WATER".... - until we fully are drinking and flowing in the New Jerusalem, we're learning to return to the Lord as the living water!

PS. One of the labels is "Christiann Students on Campus" - with 2 x n ... #justsaying ;)

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