Questions Anticipating John 4:16-19
by Pastor Gene
Dear student of God’s Word,
Thank you for joining us in this study of John’s Gospel at Harvest Community Church. Our desire is to provide an opportunity for all believers, regardless of where they may be in their Christian journey, to dive deeper into the waters of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit, our Master Teacher longs to lead us into “all the truth.” Jesus promised as much in John 16:13: “When the Spirit of truth comes,” He said, “He will guide you into all the truth.” I believe that if we’ll take the time to sit before the precious words of the Fourth Gospel, He will do just that!
Arthur Pink put it this way: “It is our earnest desire that many of our readers will make these verses the subject of prayerful study and meditation. The Bible teacher who becomes a substitute for diligent study on the part of those who hear him is a hindrance and not a help. The business of the teacher is to turn people to the searching of the Scriptures for themselves, stimulating their interest in the Sacred Word, and instructing them how to go about it.” To these words I add a hearty, “Amen!”
To that end, each Lord’s Day I’ll be presenting the congregation with a series of questions to consider about the portion of John’s Gospel we’ll be looking at the following Sunday. This will give us the opportunity to ponder them, to wrestle with them, to study them, to meditate upon them, and to let the Holy Spirit speak first, as it were. So, jump in – the water’s fine!
In the Victorious One,
4:16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.”
Questions to consider about John 4:16-19:
- Why did Jesus respond to the woman’s words, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water” with “Go, call your husband, and come here”? (John 4:15-16)
- What lessons might we draw from Jesus command for the woman to “go” and to “come” in verse 16? What was Jesus trying to accomplish with the command to “go”? What was Jesus trying to accomplish with the command to “come”? What do these words reveal about the heart of God toward sinners?
- What do you think is behind the woman’s answer, “I have no husband” in verse 17? Was she lying or being truthful? Was she deliberately dodging Jesus’ question or answering genuinely?
- Why would the woman’s response to Jesus’ insight into her personal life be to perceive Him to be a Prophet in verse 19?
- What parallels can we make from this woman’s story and that of David’s adulterous sin and his encounter with Nathan in 2 Samuel 11 & 12:1-15?
- Consider this part of the story in light of John 2:23-25. What point do you think John is trying to make? Are they connected?
- What does the woman’s acknowledging of Jesus as Prophet in verse 19 tell us about what God is like?
- Read through Psalm 139. How is the God the psalmist came to know like the One who met this woman at Jacob’s Well?
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