by Berni Dymet
John 4:9 The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?' (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)
We all have people or groups of people in our lives who - well, we really don't want to be around them. Maybe it's a particular ethnic group in your neck of the woods that stirs up a lot of trouble. Maybe it's someone - well, they just rub us the wrong way or they've hurt us.
In the first century, for the Jews, it was the Samarians. Man they detested these half breed imposters, these Samarians, who thought they were God's chosen people too.
Jesus is at a well. A Samarian woman - an outcast - comes to draw water and He starts chatting with her. She's shocked - a Jewish man talking to a Samarian woman. He ends up drawing her closer to God than she ever imagined possible.
Then there's the Roman Centurion whose servant Jesus heals. Jews hated the Romans, especially the military. Amazing how you and I can toddle off to church each Sunday sing songs, listen to sermons….and yet detest people during the week.
I wonder… I wonder how Jesus would react.
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