April 1, 2023

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 divided into three regions. In the north, there was 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 Samaria, whose name literally means “watch-mountain” or “watch-tower.” Although Samaria was a natural bridge between Galilee and Judea, Orthodox Jews avoided the region since to them, it was pagan and unholy.  Rather than interact with this sect, Hebrew travelers would add days to their journey from north to south just to avoid them. Except Jesus. On several occasions, our Savior purposefully traveled through Samaria, at one point even stopping at a water well to

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