March 19, 2017
GRACIOUS HOLY ENCOUNTERS
This is one of many stories of the Israelites as they wander in the wilderness after being liberated from slavery in Egypt, but not yet having reached the Promised Land. The people are thirsty, and they complain to Moses. Verse 7 says the people “tested” the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” God instructs Moses to strike a rock with his staff and in doing so, water pours out so the people can drink.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul shares his theology of justification by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This passage contains the familiar words, “we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
These verses from John tell the familiar story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. Through this unlikely encounter, the woman moves from being a religious, social and political outsider, to being a witness to the true identity of Jesus as the Messiah.
I look forward to exploring the very rich story of the Samaritan woman at the well and her encounter with Jesus. There are many layers to the story and much to discover and contemplate.
Shalom, Pastor Lisa Bowersock