by Jerry Branch

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Series: Life-Lessons from Jesus' Encounter with the Woman at the Well
Jerry Branch
John 4:1-6

1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob?s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

Everyone of us, although we probably would like to say, NO, NOT TRUE, has some sort of prejudices or presuppositions about people who are from different countries, people of different color, people of different ethnic ancestry.

A good example is even seen here in Northeast PA.
Just go down into Wilkes-Barre, and you soon find there are Irish sections; Welsh sections; Slovak sections, and so on.

To an outsider, the people may all look very similar, but there are many differences.

Think about religious differences?...those play a HUGE role in those ?prejudices? also up here in the Back Mt.

As most of you know, Gini and I lived most of our adult lives in Texas prior to surrendering to God?s call to pastor.

Down there in San Antonio, there were prejudices towards lots of people by lots of people.

You just didn't go and make friends with some of those people.

Well, in Jesus' day, the Jews certainly had a huge prejudice towards the people who lived in Samaria.

We know that Samaria was on the main ridge road between Judea and Galilee.

A person who was traveling and who used this route could get from Judea to Galilee in about 3 days.
But...?Most Jews, not all, but most, would avoid this route like the plague, and they?d take the longer one through the Jordan Vall ...

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