November 9, 2019

Loving Samaritans and Sinners

“The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)” – John 4:9 Ancient Israel was was divided into three major regions. Much like the Southern California area in which I live, it was dotted by mountain ranges, bodies of water, and the coast, and these natural landmarks distinguished different parts of the country. In the north, there was the region of Galilee, where Jesus spent a lot of his time in ministry, and to the south there was Judea, which is where Jerusalem and the temple resided. In the middle was a place known as Samaria, which was a mountainous region whose name literally means “watch-mountain” or “watch-tower.” Although Samaria was a natural bridge between Galilee in the north and Judea in the south, Orthodox Jews went out of their

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