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Knowing God J.I. Packer

Majesty of God

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman John 4

So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the eld that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacobs well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, Please give me a drink. He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?

preconceptionsPreconceptions of People

Cultural Blindspots Past Experiences

Jesus replied, If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water. But sir, you dont have a rope or a bucket, she said, and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think youre greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?

Jesus replied, Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life. Please, sir, the woman said, give me this water! Then Ill never be thirsty again, and I wont have to come here to get water.

preconceptionsPreconceptions of God

Cultural Blindspots Past Experiences

Problem with preconceptions is that you box yourself in.

Go and get your husband, Jesus told her. I dont have a husband, the woman replied. Jesus said, Youre right! You dont have a husband for you have had ve husbands, and you arent even married to the man youre living with now.You certainly spoke the truth! Sir, the woman said, you must be a prophet.

So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?

boxing God in?How big is God?

Christianity the religion How is God dened?

Jesus replied, Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem.You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is comingindeed its here nowwhen true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.

Knowing God Knowing the Truth about God Breaking out of the box

The woman said, I know the Messiah is comingthe one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us. Then Jesus told her, I Am the Messiah!

Jesus says, I am the Messiah

Jesus says, I am the MessiahOur preconceptions

Messiah for that time period saves our sins gets us into heaven Jesus the nice guy

Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to nd him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, What do you want with her? or Why are you talking to her? The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah? So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

Jesus says, I am the Messiah the samaritan woman has a breakthrough and she starts to see outside of the box.

Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, Rabbi, eat something. But Jesus replied, I have a kind of food you know nothing about. Did someone bring him food while we were gone? the disciples asked each other.

Then Jesus explained: My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from nishing his work.You know the saying, Four months between planting and harvest. But I say, wake up and look around. The elds are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, One plants and another harvests. And its true. I sent you to harvest where you didnt plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.

What are your preconceptions of God? What are you preconceptions of Jesus?

Are you still seeing Jesus from inside a box?

One day Jesus said to his disciples, Lets cross to the other side of the lake. So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a erce storm came down on the lake. The boat was lling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, Master, Master, were going to drown! When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, Where is your faith? The disciples were terried and amazed. Who is this man? they asked each other. When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him! Luke 8:22-25

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding? Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were ne dust. Isaiah 40:25-26

God is an Awesome God. Majestic. Powerful. Perfect. Uncontainable.

cynacismlost sight of whats real.

hopeJesus reminding us what life is really about.

hopelife with an amazing God.

To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:12-15, 25-26

The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is rmly established; it cannot be moved. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity Psalm 93:1,2

O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you. You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them. The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. Your arm is endued with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Psalm 89


Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, He told me everything I ever did! When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Saviour of the world.

change breaking out of the box realising the majesty of God seeing the life Hes calling you for

change see the life the living water hes capable of giving -see what God sees

wake up and look around breakthrough in your relationship with Him-seeing God beyond your box -where is your faith?