On This Mountain

Jesus Talks With A Samaritan Woman

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” [John 4:19-24]

Reflections

our ancestors worshipped on this mountain
refers to the location of the Samaritan temple, and even though it had been destroyed, they still worshipped in that same location.

…but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem
both the Jews and the Samaritans put value on the place in which worship happened

a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem
Jesus shatters the tradition & the expectations

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth
it’s not important where we worship – it’s not about place or tradition

God is spirit
God isn’t limited by location

You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know
what’s important is who we worship

true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks
what’s important is how we worship

Conclusion

It’s not important where we worship, as God isn’t limited by location, it’s not about place or tradition – what matters is who we worship and how.

1 thought on “On This Mountain”

  1. For such a time as this!! With all of the changes and restrictions we have been forced to contend with over this time, it’s pretty certain that everyone has , to some extent, had to rethink the
    traditions which have become our ‘norm’ over the years. We are used to gathering together… we can no longer do that ! We have become used to the idea that someone will ‘feed’ us from the Word …. suddenly the ground has vanished from under us and we find ourselves now reliant on God to sustsain us… reminds me of the song “When all is stripped away” …
    So very very true … NOT where – but WHO and HOW …. so much food for thought!

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