by Jerry Branch

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Deal with Smoke Screens (2 of 5)
Series: Life-Lessons from Jesus' Encounter with the Woman at the Well
Jerry Branch
John 4:7-12

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John 4:7?12 (NIV84)
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, Will you give me a drink? 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 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.) 10 Jesus answered her, If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.11 Sir, the woman said, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds??

Did you ever notice that sometimes a lot of smoke is thrown up in order to ?shift emphasis? from the real issue? or to hide true thoughts or intentions?

During sea battles before modern technologies, destroyers would be ordered to lay down smoke screens so that the enemy had a harder time seeing where the larger ships or the transport ships were.

In doing so, they were making it harder to acquire the targets.

Politicians use smoke screen issues to divert attention from other things;

Business operators sometimes also use ?smoke screens? of product hypes to increase sales of certain products that have higher profit margins;

And believe it or not, People use smoke screens to mask their true thoughts, or motives even in relationships and conversations.

The Samaritan woman threw up some smoke screens at Jesus also.

Look there at verses 7-9?

She shows up, and ther ...

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