Posted by: sushmasingh | May 11, 2012

Shrewd Fisherman – lessons from John 4

Bible tells us In John 4, that Jesus had to go through Samaria so he came to a town called Sycher and since Jesus was tired he sat down by the well.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water. As soon as Jesus saw the woman he said “Will you give me a drink?”. The woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a samaritan, how can you ask me for a drink?”

The Lord is telling us that a shrewd fisherman needs Godly humility. The King of Kings didn’t hesitate to ask for a drink from a person who was not considered of a good social standing according to the norms prevalent at that time. The Lord has told us that there is no distinction now between Jews and Gentiles, whoever is in Christ is a new creation. Jesus didn’t preach this truth to that woman but proved by his actions. The Lord brought himself down to save the Samaritan woman. Paul says, I became everything for everyone so that I may win Christ for them. The Lord is still speaking to us today and reminding us that the work of the Lord is to outreach to those who are discouraged, depressed and victim of low self-esteem.

When the Samaritan woman heard that  Jesus was asking her for a drink, she must have felt good about herself that she had something to give to a person of higher social ranking than her. The Lord wanted to free her from her old thinking that there was a distinction between Jews and Gentiles. The Lord wanted to boost the self-esteem of the Samaritan woman before giving her any message.
A shrewd fisherman brings a message of encouragement that builds up the confidence and faith of the listener.

When Jesus asked for a drink, he also opened a door for communication that was based on fulfilling the immediate need of the woman that  was boosting her self-esteem and further clearing a way for the word of God to be established. The Lord is teaching us to clear the way before start preaching.
A shrewd fisherman makes a way for clear communication by destroying the barriers and misconceptions.

The woman said “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan so how can you ask me for a drink. The moment Jesus heard it he said “If you knew the gift of God and who is it that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” The Lord wanted the woman to know that she was in need. And only Jesus could fulfill her need.
A shrewd fisherman convinces the listener that there exists a need on the part of the listener.

The woman said , “Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where did you get this living water”. The woman came to a point where she could freely communicate with the Lord, The Lord was waiting for this opportunity. In fact,  Jesus eagerly waits for the times and occasions when we could open ourselves and speak to him freely.

Now the woman wanted to ask more questions to Jesus, she said, ” Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us this well and drank from it himself as did his sons and his flocks and herds? The Lord answered. “Everyone who drinks from this water will be thirsty again but whoever drinks the water that I give him will never thirst, indeed, the water that I give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Suddenly, Jesus changed the conversation from water and well to “Go and call your husband and come back.” The Lord wanted to bring out the ugliness of woman’s life that she was trying to hide. The first step to be blessed by the Lord is to bring to the Lord our shame, our weaknesses and infirmities. The woman said “I don’t have a husband. Lord replied that You are right that you have no husband. The fact is that you have had five husbands and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have told me is quite true.” The Lord told the woman that I am aware of  what state you are in. And you have lived enough in the shame of your weaknesses but the time has come for you to leave that old way of life and walk in freedom.

The woman said, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.The woman came to know Jesus even before  Jesus started preaching to her.
A shrewd fisherman preaches without even opening his mouth.

The woman further said, “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” The woman came to the point where she started to seek the guidance and the counselling of the Lord. She had questions about the right place of worship. The Lord answered, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you don’t know, we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet, a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the father in spirit and truth. God is spirit and his worshippers must worship in spirit and truth.”

The Lord told the woman clearly that to know WHO TO WORSHIP is more important  than to know WHERE TO WORSHIP. The Lord said further that “a time is coming when the true worshippers will worship in spirit and truth, for these are the worshippers Father seeks.” The woman said, Messiah is coming and when he comes, he will tell us everything.

The Lord saw that the Samaritan was waiting for Christ. Now, the time has come for the Lord to preach…Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am He.”
Shrewd Fisherman leads the listeners to a way where they feel a thirst for Christ.

A shrewd fisherman is the one who is always busy making a way for the Lord and preaches only when it is needed.

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