The 7th Man Made a Difference
by Paul Getter
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The Seventh Man Made a Difference
John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 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.
17 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.
It was the sixth hour of the day the sun was high over head as the noon day heat blistered down upon her brow. She made her way down the winding dust-filled roads to the well. There was a heavy load upon her that caused her steps to be slow and staggered. A load that was heavier than a few vessels she held in her hands. It was a burden that left her with a name that was disgraced by her community. It was a burden that cause her to walk all alone to the well with her head hung down low in shame. She was an outcast of society. Noses were turned up and doors were shut as she walked by.
She arrives at the well all alone. The early morning gathering of women that would share the stories is long gone. As she scans the horizon reviewing the rolling hills of Samaria a voice interrupts her thought and says “Give Me A Drink!” An unorthodox conversation begins between the Jew from Galilee and the Samaritan women.
Jesus offered water that would quench the thirst of her soul. Water that if she drank she would never thirst again. Water that was everlasting. The women’s insatiable desire was displayed as she immediately demanded “Give me a drink!”
Understand there was several reasons why she wanted this water:
1. THAT I MAY NEVER THIRST AGAIN vs. 15
It sounds as if she was saying I have tried many things…but I always wake up in the morning and I am THIRSTY!
PARCHED LIPS AND EMPTY HEART…THEY ARE THIRSTY!
PILLS & PARTIES… THEY ARE THIRSTY
MATERIALISM AND MONEY…THEY ARE THIRSTY
This woman is down at the bottom of life. She has been despised and rejected, ridiculed and set by the side of the road as rubbish to this world.
Some people would say …don’t go into that neighborhood…JESUS SAID I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Some people would say…don’t do around those people…JESUS SAID I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Sin carries a consequence! Sin will mess you up. Sin thrills and than it kills! Sin fascinates than it assassinates! Sin carries forth its own judge, jury and prosecuting attorney!
We are living in a world that doesn't like to call it what it is. IT'S A SIN!
IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT TYPE OF LABEL YOU PUT ON IT---ITS A SIN
ITS NOT SHACKING UP OR COHABITING- IT'S A SIN
ITS NOT AN ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE OR GAY- IT'S A SIN
IT MIGHT BE A GOOD TIME---BUT ITS STILL A SIN
2. THAT I MAY NOT HAVE TO COME TO THE WELL ANY LONGER VS 15
She did not enjoy this trip…it was a strained journey to the well. She didn’t like the long arduous path that took her to the well.
She didn’t like the pain she felt as women gazed at her with looks of disgust!
She didn’t like the vulgar words, the jests the jokes that men made toward her as she walked by.
IT WAS A CRY THAT SAID PAIN IS MAKING ME A PRISONER.
HURT IS HOLDING ME HOSTAGE
IT WAS A CRY THAT SAYS SIN HAS MADE ME A SLAVE.
I’M SURE THIS WOMAN HAD TO EXAMINE HERSELF…SHE HAD FOOLED HERSELF FOR TOO LONG SAYING IT’S NOT ME!
IT WAS EASY TO NOTE THAT THE WOMAN HAD A GREATER PROBLEM THAN RELATIONSHIPS WITH MEN…BUT SHE HAD A PROBLEM IN HER SPIRIT.
MAYBE IT STARTED OUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS:
THINGS DIDN’T WORK OUT WITH ME AND JOHN BECAUSE WE WERE JUST TOO YOUNG WHEN WE GOT MARRIED. SO WE WENT OUR WAYS.
I WAS ON THE REBOUND FROM JOHN WHEN I MET JOE I GUESS I WAS NEVER REALLY IN LOVE WITH HIM. SO THINGS ENDED SOON AFTER.
FRANK WAS ALWAYS CONTROLLING AND WANTED TO DICTATE WHO I WENT OUT WITH AND WOULDN’T LET ME BE MY OWNSELF..SO I GOT RID OF HIM REAL QUICK.
BOB WAS VERY POSSESSIVE AND ACCUSED ME OF CHEATING ON HIM AND COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GUY FRIENDS I COULDN’T LIVE LIKE THAT ANY LONGER
FRED WAS A NICE GUY WE GOT ALONG MOST OF THE TIME BUT HE WAS TOO MUCH LIKE HIS BROTHER BOB. IT DIDN’T LAST LONG EITHER.
JOE IS A PERFECT GUY HE SAYS HE LOVES ME ALL THE TIME I THINK HE IS THE ONE….THE ONLY PROBLEM IS HIS WIFE FEELS THE SAME WAY
Yes we are living in a world that is hooked on blaming others for their present condition
“I’m an angry person because I was raised in an abusive family”
Can I tell you that sometimes we have to get our eyes off of others and understand that the problem might lie within us. Jump from relationship to relationship because you think the problem is someone else. Jump from job to job because that boss is always telling you what to do. Jump from church to church... 1st Church of Fried Chicken---1st Church of the Frozen Chosen!
THE 7TH MAN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE-
TAKE A GANG BANGER AND TURN THEM INTO A CHOIR SINGER
TAKE A STREET WALKER AND TURN THEM INTO A TONGUE TALKER
TAKE THEM FROM THE DOPE PIT AND PUT THEM BEHIND THE PULPIT
TAKE THEM OFF SKIDROW AND PUT THEM ON THE FRONT ROW
JESUS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Jesus is Like:
MCDONALDS I’M LOVIN IT!
LIKE VERIZON HE CAN HEAR YOU NOW
MAXWELL HOUSE- GOOD TO THE LAST DROP
FOLGERS COFFEE-HE’S THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP
HE’S LIKE TIDE-HE GETS OUT STAINS THAT OTHERS CAN’T
GE- HE BRINGS GOOD THINGS TO LIFE
NIKE-HE’S JUST DOING IT
LIKE AMERICAN EXPRESS- DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT HIM
ALLSTATE - YOUR IN GOOD HANDS WITH JESUS
CAMPBELLS SOUP-MMM MMM GOOD!
ENERGIZER BUNNY- STILL GOING STILL GOING!
GOOD SHEPHERD---DOOR TO THE SHEEPFOLD---LAMB SLAIN FOR MY SIN
THE WIDOW OF ZAREPHATH- HER SON WAS DEAD AND THE PROPHET CRIED OUT TO GOD AND FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME- A DEAD PERSON WAS BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE
SHUNAMITES SON FELL DEAD IN THE FIELD AND THE PROPHET SPOKE LIFE UNTO HIM
A MOABITE MAN WAS CAST INTO THE TOMB OF THE PROPHET ELISHA- AND WHEN HIS DEAD BODY HIT THE BONES OF THE PROPHET-HE CAME BACK TO LIFE
JAIRUS DAUGHTER- SHE WAS DEAD FOR JUST A LITTLE BIT
WIDOWS SON OF CAIN-WAS DEAD LONG ENOUGH FOR THEM TO HAVE A FUNERAL
LAZARUS WAS DEAD FOR SO LONG HE BAGAN TO STINK
7TH MAN MADE A DIFFERENCE!!
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Thank you for your article, based on this well known bible story. You really brought it to modern day. I liked all the 'reasons', and the comparison of Jesus to well known products. : )