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14. 01. 2018

Don’t miss the moment!
John 4:4-26, 39-42

1. Stop and Look Up!
John 4:7-9 - When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

 

 

 

 

 

2. Listen and Don’t Hide
John 4:16-18 - He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

 

 

 

3. Life-Changing Moment
John 4:28-29 - Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”

 

 

 

Questions:

1. We also learnt that there are blockages that hinder the Word of God from reaching us. What are some of the obstacles and their effects on us?

2. When was the last time the Word of God touched you or spoke deeply into your heart? How was it different from other times you read or hear the Word of God?

3. What did you learn about the Word of God from the sermon this week? Have you started the One-Year Bible Reading Plan for this year? What are the attitudes you should have in this reading plan?

 

 

 

 

Devotional Message

Taken from The Daily Office by Peter Scazzero ©2008

 

Week 6 / Day 2 - Morning/Midday Office

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 19:11–12
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

 

Devotional
When God appeared to Elijah (after his flight from Jezebel and during his suicidal depression), he told him to stand and wait for the presence of the Lord to pass by. God did not appear in ways he had showed up in the past. God was not in the wind (as with Job), an earthquake (as when he gave the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai), or fire (like the burning bush Moses saw). God revealed himself to Elijah in “a gentle whisper,” which can also be translated as “a sound of sheer silence.” The common translation of this passage does not fully capture the original Hebrew, but what could the translators do? How do you hear silence?

The silence after the chaos, for Elijah and for us, is full of the presence of God. God spoke to Elijah out of the silence.

God invites you to stand and to wait like Elijah. Why? God also wants to speak to you out of the “sound of sheer silence.”

 


Question to Consider
When can you set aside some time for extended, uninterrupted silence to hear God?

 

Prayer
Lord, you know how difficult it is for me to be in silence before you. At times it feels almost impossible, given the demands, distractions, and noise all around me. I invite you to lead me to a quiet, silent place before you––to a place where I can hear you as Elijah did. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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