John 4:1-3 When therefore the L-rd knew how the Pharisees had heard that Yeshua (Jesus) made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus Himself baptized not, but His disciples,) He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.
Ruach HaKodesh comes in to our body (temple) like the Shekinah glory dwelt in the Temple.
We are to be immersed after our acceptance of Him as an outward act of obedience to Him. This is a public declaration of an inward change. We are dead to the curse of sin and alive to Yeshua HaMashiach.
Water Immersion is a symbolic gesture showing public declaration of our death, burial, and resurrection with Yeshua.
Water immersion is a sign of obedience to G-d after salvation. G-d does not require water baptism to be saved. This would be going back to works.
"We are saved by GRACE through faith, it is a gift of G-d, not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8)
In 1 Corinthians 1:17, Shaul (Paul) states,
"For Messiah (Christ) sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel."
Shaul converted Gentiles into the faith of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Jewish People are not converted. A Jewish persons faith is made complete by accepting Yeshua as their Messiah. A Gentile does not replace Israel by becoming a believer or become one of the tribes. An Indian that becomes a believer cannot continue in some of their culture because some of the Indian religion is mixed with paganism. I say this to show truth as it is. We have nothing against Indians. We are to love them and to love them is to be truthful. The Jewish culture followed the true G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So to see Yeshua as the Messiah and to see His Deity should not be that foreign to us because there are passages that describe the Messiah coming in the clouds with power. A person with no guile found in him should naturally search the possibility that Yeshua is the Messiah and had to suffer just like Israel suffers because Israel is a type of Messiah.
He said this however, because members where gloating over whom they were baptized (immersed) by and Paul said he was glad he had only baptized a few. He was not refuting being immersed; he only wanted a person to understand Yeshua, not man, most importantly baptized them. If he thought baptism was needed for our atonement; however, don't you think he would have baptized all? Some come to Messiah on their deathbed knowing that time is now or eternal loss.
John 4:4-7 And He had to pass through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; and Jacob's well was there. Yeshua (Jesus) therefore, being wearied from His journey, was sitting there by the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, "Give Me a drink."
When the Assyrians carried off the majority of the northern 10 tribes into captivity many non-Jewish people moved in to the region. Many of the remaining Jewish people intermarried with the non-Jewish people forming the group of people known as the “Samaritans”.
Yeshua traveled north from Judea to Galilee. He chose to pass through the hill country of Samaria. Many Jewish people avoided Samaria and did not associate with the Samaritans.
Yeshua stopped at the well in Samaria at noon (the 6th hour). A woman came out to draw water. Most women would not come in the heat of the day to draw water. They would come in the early morning or evening when it was cooler. This tells us that because of her lifestyle she was not “one of the girls”. She went alone.
Yeshua asked her for a drink. Now to our modern minds this seems to be a natural request. But in this culture this was most unusual. For a Jewish man to speak to a woman in public, let alone ask her, a Samaritan, for water was a definite breach of rigid social custom as well as a marked departure from the social animosity between the two groups. Further, a “rabbi” and religious leader did not hold conversations with women of ill repute.
John 4:8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
Yeshua’s disciples went to buy food. This tells us that they did not follow some of the self-imposed regulations of stricter Jewish people who would have been unwilling to eat food handled by outcast Samaritans.
John 4:9-10 Then said the woman of Samaria to Him, How is it that you, being a Jew, ask me for a drink, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Yeshua (Jesus) answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of G-d, and who it is that said to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.
Yeshua told her that if she knew whom she was talking to she would ask for “living water”
In Jeremiah 2:13 we read the words of the Father:
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
Notice He speaks of Himself as “the fountain of living waters”.
Zechariah 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
Ezekiel 47:9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that lives, which moves, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
The Tanakh metaphor spoke of the knowledge of G-d and His grace, which provides cleansing, spiritual life, and the transforming power of Ruach HaKodesh.
What is the gift of G-d? - Eternal Life.
Yeshua used the need for water in this desert land to symbolize the need for “living water”.
John 4:11-14 She said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? "You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?" Yeshua (Jesus) answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."
Water sustains life as it did for Moshe at rock Horeb. He struck the rock to receive this water in like manner Yeshua was struck to bring eternal life to them that receive it.
Only Yeshua satisfies this spiritual thirst.
Psalms 42:1 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after thee, O G-d.
John 4:15-18 The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water." He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back." "I have no husband," she replied. Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."
How did Yeshua know this? G-d knows all about what we do and nothing we do is hidden from Him. He even knows the number of hairs on our head.
Matthew 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
John 4:19-21 The woman said to him, Sir, I perceive that you art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Samaritans only recognized the Torah. The Jewish people had a full revelation of Him in the Tanakh.
John 4:22-24 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. G-d is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
We can worship the Father anywhere through Ruach HaKodesh and truth.
What is truth? Yeshua HaMashiach
G-d is Spirit. (Abba is Spirit)
John 4:25-26 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us."
Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, "I who speak to you am He."
The verse translates from the Greek as follows:
“says to her Yeshua, “I AM” speaking to you.
(See also John 8:58, Exodus 3:14)
Yeshua declares Himself as G-d and the Messiah in this verse. We are also to declare Him.
John 4:27-30 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"
Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah (Christ)?" They came out of the town and made their way toward Him.
When the woman went back to town she did not go to the women but to the men. She told them “Come see a Man who told me all the things I ever did”. Considering her reputation she must have gotten their immediate attention. Perhaps some of them had been involved with her in the past.
John 4:31-32 Meanwhile His disciples urged Him, "Rabbi, eat something." But He said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
Yeshua was not talking about literal food. He said, “I am” the bread of life.
John 4:33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Has any man brought Him anything to eat?
We do the will of Yeshua and we do the will of Abba (The Father).
There is a 4-month gap between Pentecost and The Feast of Trumpets, which is symbolic of the Church Age or if you prefer the term Synagogue, described in Revelation 2 & 3.Officially it lasted through the summer, the growing season.
John 4:34-38 - (Yeshua) Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.' "I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."
We, the church (synagogue) or assembly are those "called out" are the workers in the field laboring for the L-rd.
The time was to see the Messiah and be complete. We are to bring in the harvest. Trust Faithfully in Yeshua HaMashiach.
John 4:39-40 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come to Him, they urged Him that He would tarry with them: and He abode there two days.
Many Samaritans believed.
Perhaps the two days are symbolic of the church age being about 2,000 years long.
John 4:41-42 And because of His words many more became believers. They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."
The Samaritans declared Yeshua was the Messiah, the Savior of the world.