Thursday, June 18, 2015

FIRST ONLINE BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DISABLED: "JUST SAY THE WORD"

by Rev. Margaret Aranda, MD, Ph.D.



WELCOME! We are in the Book of John, Chapter 4. For those of you who need to review earlier teachings, they are posted for you on both Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DrMargaretAranda/collections ) and my Author blog, www.drmargaretaranda.blogspot.com. I recommend the Google+ site, as they are all organized there.

There are also two You Tube videos to watch on Holy Communion: 
1) general comments: https://youtu.be/cGExxw8gzdk and 
2) specific instructions Christ gives us from the Bible: https://youtu.be/RIW44PDgM6w .

I hope these edify you, and encourage you to read them if you miss a Service, so that you can put the Services and Bible Studies in continuity of context.  We all need continuity.  Try to watch these before the Thursday Service; otherwise, come back and watch them afterwards. Now go get a plate for some bread, and a glass of a little wine, and save it for Holy Communion.

PRAISE & WORSHIP SONGS:


1. “El Shaddai;” Lion of Judah
By Amy Grant

2. “10,000 Reasons”
By Matt Redman

3. “Because He Lives”
By Matt Maher


John 4:27-54 – BIBLE STUDY
“JUST SAY THE WORD”
JUNE 18, 2015


27 At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said,
“What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”

28 So the woman left her water pot, and went into the city and said to the men, 

29 “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it? 

30 They went out of the city, and were coming to Him. 


31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 



32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 


33 So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?” 

34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. 

35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months,
and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.  

36 Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 

37 For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 

38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.” 

39 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 that I have done.” 

40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 

41 Many more believed because of His word; 

42 and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” 

43 After the two days He went forth from there into Galilee. 

44 For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 

45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things that He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves also went to the feast. 

46 Therefore He came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a royal official whose son was sick at Capernaum. 

47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and was imploring Him to come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. 

48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.” 

49 The royal official said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 

50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started off.

51 As he was now going down, his slaves met him, saying that his son was living. 

52 So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. Then they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 

53 So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives”; and he himself believed and his whole household. 

54 This is again a second sign that Jesus performed when He had come out of Judea into Galilee. 

DISCUSSION:
Thank you Lord, that we can study your Word together. Let’s turn our Bibles back to Verse 27, where the Disciples come back from shopping in town.

They find Jesus talking to “a woman.” It does not say “a Samaritan woman.” They did not ask “why” or “what did He seek” from her. 

They were “amazed,” but they knew our Lord was “different,” so they did not inquire of Him.

(Is it “amazing” to see a man talking to a woman today? Even if she was of another culture, religion, or country, would a man be stunned to see a “religious man” talk to her?)

In verses 28-30, the woman runs back into the city and tells everyone that Christ knew of her life, and she led a group back to where Christ was sitting.

In verses 31-38, Christ is asked whether He is hungry, and begins to talk about sowing and reaping. He tells the Disciples that they are there for the reaping, when they have not participated in the sowing.

It is as if the Disciples are being told that they are lucky to be at the right place at the right time, and they need to take heed and listen to the Lord.

In verses 39-44, we see how the Samaritans came to believe Christ as the Lord not at all because of what the woman said, but because of what He told them about themselves. He stayed there two nights, and then left, because even Christ said that a prophet has “no honor in his own country.”

In verses 45-54, Christ and his Disciples went to Galilee, and all the Galileans remembered Him from the wedding in Jerusalem, in the city Cana of Galilee. And “they received Him.” In verse 46, we see that they specifically remember that He changed water into wine, His first miracle.

A royal official heard that Jesus was now in Galilee, and in verse 47, we see how a “royal official” was “imploring” Christ to go see the official’s son in Capernaum.

 In verse 48, Christ expresses His frustration with mankind, chastising them out loud by saying that unless they see signs, they do not believe.

I think that Christ must have felt like a drive-by doctor, or an In & Out Hamburger stand, to be “used” for His healing, and then left behind. I can imagine people running away healed, only to go gather more people for bigger crowds over and over again, until at last, “multitudes” were gathered to listen to him.

In verses 49-50, the official tells Christ to go see his son, as he is “close to death.” Jesus just told him to “Go” because his son was healed. Why did the official take him at his word, and why didn’t it turn into an argument, where the official argued, “No, you come to my house and you see my son!”

It was because both Christ and the official understood “Orders.” If the official “ordered” his men to do this, it was done. If the official then ordered his men to do that, it was done. No thinking. No questioning. Only “following orders.”

In verses 50-53, the official “believed Him...and started to walk away...” while Christ marveled at his faith. The official’s crew met up with him, and after exchanging stories and the timing thereof, the official determined that his son was healed when Christ’s healing words were said. Not only did the official believe in Christ, but so did “his whole household.”

Just in case we missed it, verse 54 confirms that this was Christ’s second miracle. Did anyone miss that one? Sometimes, I t is good to have things spelled out for us.

What does this tell us of our faith?

We show more trust in Christ if we are blind, like innocent children, and just take Him at His simple Word. No grand inquisitions, no pontifications, no ‘deals,’ no ‘what if’s’ ... only simple, pure, blind faith.

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