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February 2018

Text:

“Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.” - John 4:9 

Comment:

At the time of Jesus Christ, the Jews generally understood the term “neighbour” to refer only to fellow Jews, those of the same blood and religion with themselves.  All others were, considered by them as natural enemies. The Jews hated the Samaritans, believing them to be accursed.  According to Adam Clarke, “Their most merciful wish to the Samaritans was, that they might have no part in the resurrection; or, in other words, that they might be annihilated.” The Bible scholar explains that when the Bible says the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans it implies that “they will borrow nothing from them - will not drink out of the same cup or well with them,  will not sit down to meals with them, nor eat out of the same vessel; will have no religious connection, no commercial dealings with them”.

With the coming of Jesus Christ the number of those accepted as worshippers of God has multiplied tremendously.  Though we may be zealous for what we hold to be the truth, we should aid each other in necessity. We should by our actions show them that the Christian life is the way to a full and happy life. -  1 Peter 2:21-24; Matthew 5:43-45.

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