Soul Searching

When Daniel was praying and confessing his and Israel’s sin God sent the arch angel Gabriel to explain things to Daniel. Daniel 9:20-21 KJV  “And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God;
[21] Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.”

As Gabriel explained to Daniel, Messiah would be cut off. Daniel 9:24-26 KJV
” Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
[25] Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
[26] And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”

When Jesus was at a well that Jacob had given to his son Joseph, Jesus spoke to a local woman. The account is in John 4. When you read through John 4 you see a pattern that is operating today the same way.

Jesus comes to the well and asks for water. God asks us to come to him. She questions Jesus in John 4:9. When God asks mankind to come to him, we question God.  Jesus responds, if you knew who I am you would ask me for living water. Again God asks us to ask of him just like Jesus said to her, if you knew who I am you would ask of me.

But notice what happens next. She then asks Jesus to give her the living water. Did he? John 4:15-16 KJV  “The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
[16] Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.”

Jesus identifies a problem area in her life. He did not condemn her, he identified a problem area she was having. She agrees to the premise of the problem area but does not elaborate.  Often, we agree with God on problem areas we have in our life. But Jesus did not stop with just identifying the problem area. Jesus elaborated and told her how she handles the problem area. John 4:17-18 KJV  “The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
[18] For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.”

She then proceeds to determine Jesus must be a prophet and she changes the subject and asks Jesus a religious question. Jesus did not answer her question on where to worship God but he did answer the worship point. Her response was stating she knew the Messiah was coming. And Jesus told her flat out he is the Messiah.

John 4:21-26 KJV  “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
[22] Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
[23] But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
[24] God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
[25] The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
[26] Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”

It appears she believed him because in verse 29 she told others what happened.

Unsaved people do not understand how God could send Jesus, God manifest in the flesh ( Colossians 2:13-22) to die on a cross but God explains his plan in Colossians. Just like the woman at the well in John 4, when we share the gospel of salvation with the lost, they question God on things in their life.

When God gives us answers, we ask religious questions because we do not want to deal with the issues in our life. God knows our issues and wants us to lay them all down at the cross. Matthew 11:28 KJV  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

And it is not just individual people laden with sin but nations too.  Isaiah 1:2-4 KJV  “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
[3] The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
[4] Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord , they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.”

As Jesus exposed the sin in the woman’s life to her, we need to repent of our sin. God loves the sinner but hates sin. Jesus was pointing out a problem area in the Samaritan woman’s life not condemning her. Just like the sodomites today promoting their “gay”/ sodomite rights. They are destroying themselves and everyone who supports them is destroying their own.  Isaiah 3:9 KJV  “The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.”

In Daniel 9 what was Daniel doing when God sent Gabriel? Confessing. It is time to repent and clean out the idols in our life, our home and our nations. We know, as Daniel and other scriptures like 1 Thessalonians and I Corinthians and many others tell us, Jesus is coming back. First, Jesus is coming in the clouds to meet his bride, the church in the air, and then he is coming back and will set foot on the ground in Israel.
Until next time.

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