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The Woman at the Well: John 4:1-42
November 25, 2022 - 19 min
Today's meditation comes from John 4:1-42.

Afterword:

I didn't include this story in my "Daughters of Zion" biblical retellings (you can find that here: https://www.amazon.com/Daughters-Zion-Biblical-Retellings-Gray-ebook/dp/B08XJLWZG2/?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_w=26DTl&content-id=amzn1.sym.e4bd6ac6-9035-4a04-92a6-fc4ad60e09ad&pf_rd_p=e4bd6ac6-9035-4a04-92a6-fc4ad60e09ad&pf_rd_r=ETX87PBBDTT19TDXZC6Z&pd_rd_wg=WUc3Q&pd_rd_r=3c275bbc-e63d-462c-a711-66ae5d526364&ref_=pd_gw_ci_mcx_mr_hp_atf_m) only because the theme of that book was miracles experienced by women, and not just biblical stories in which a woman was prominently featured. Otherwise, this would have been one of the big ones. The story only appears in the gospel of John, though it makes sense why John specifically would have chosen to include it. The theme of his gospel is love.

The Jews of Jesus' day scorned Samaritans, and from a religious standpoint, it would seem that there were good reasons for this. The Samaritans were Jews who had intermarried with pagans of neighboring nations, violating God's commandments to Joshua (Joshua 23:11-13), and falling prey to the doctrine of Balaam (from Numbers 23-24). God specifically told the Jews not to intermarry with those who worshipped other gods, lest they be led into idolatry. But when Assyria captured Samaria (2 Kings 17:5-41), the Assyrian king sent foreigners into the land who worshipped other gods. The Jews there did intermarry with them, and incorporated their pagan practices into their worship of Yahweh as well. Because of this, devout Jews wanted nothing to do with Samaritans, and wouldn't allow them to worship at their temple. The Samaritans had thus erected their own temple for worship instead (John 4:19-20).

Even among her fellow Samaritans, though, this woman was an outcast. This is implied by the fact that she went alone to the well in the heat of the day, rather than in the morning when it was cooler, with all the other women. Her story, as Jesus revealed it, indicates the probable reason for this: her immoral behavior presumably caused the respectable women of the town to look down on her. This was probably why she was so shocked when Jesus spoke to her, even humbling himself to the point of asking her for a favor. (I'm sure He really did want a drink, though, as we're told earlier in the story that He was weary from his journey, and it was mid-afternoon so possibly it was hot, John 4:6. The story never mentions that the woman actually gave Him a drink, so as I wrote the retelling, I kept thinking, He's still thirsty...)

Jesus' humility in asking the woman for a favor probably lowered her defense mechanisms initially, but I love how Jesus proceeded to dismantle whatever remained of them with just a few sentences. Every "chick flick" or "chick lit" story features an archetypical down-and-out heroine, embittered by the adversities of life. She then surreptitiously encounters a romantic hero who is the very embodiment of perfection. He's not only handsome, confident, and kind, but also several rungs above her on the social ladder to boot--but he's never arrogant about it. He sees through our heroine's prickly defenses to the soft heart she's trying to protect, and he's absolutely taken with her. From that point on, he pursues her relentlessly, refusing to be dissuaded. Try as she might, she can't resist him--because as frightened as she is of letting herself be vulnerable, all she's ever wanted is for someone to look past her faults, see her for who she truly is, and love her anyway. She falls in love with him in spite of herself... and then of course they live happily ever after.

That's how I see this story, and I think it's how John saw it too. It's not a romance in the human sense, and yet (as author John Eldredge would put it), it's "The Sacred Romance," writ small and personal--almost in allegory, though this was also a real woman, too. We are not called the Bride of Christ for nothing. I don't think it's a coincidence that this woman was the lowest of the low in that society, either--and yet, despite that, this woman is the first recorded person to whom Jesus overtly declares His identity as the Messiah (John 4:25-26). Of all people, He chose her to be the first to hear the news--just as later, the formerly demon-possessed Mary Magdalene was the first to see the risen Christ. (John is also the only gospel writer to explicitly record this encounter, in John 20:11-18.)

If Jesus qualified even these women, then there's hope for all of us.
Dr Nasha Winters - Integrative Oncology
November 18, 2022 - 52 min
Dr. Nasha Winters is a global healthcare authority and best-selling author in integrative cancer care and research consulting with physicians around the world. She has educated hundreds of professionals in the clinical use of mistletoe and has created robust educational programs for both healthcare institutions and the public on incorporating vetted integrative therapies in cancer care to enhance outcomes.

Dr. Winters is currently focused on opening a comprehensive metabolic oncology hospital and research institute in the US where the best that standard of care has to offer and the most advanced integrative therapies will be offered. This facility will be in a residential setting on a gorgeous campus against a backdrop of regenerative farming, EMF mitigation and retreat, as well as state of the art medical technology and data collection and evaluation to improve patient outcomes.

To learn more about Dr Nasha, follow her at www.drnasha.com, or follow the progress of her integrative hospital at www.mtih.org.
You can also find her book, "The Metabolic Approach to Cancer", here: https://www.drnasha.com/matcbook/ , or her book, "MISTLETOE AND THE EMERGING FUTURE OF INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY" here: https://www.themistletoebook.com
Entering God's Rest
November 11, 2022 - 27 min
We know salvation (sozo) is by grace through faith, and a gift, not of works (Eph 2:8-9). All of the promises of God are included in that word (appearing 110 times in the NT). So we receive them all the same way--entering the rest of receiving by grace through faith--and so we are also to live, in His power (Romans 5:17, Romans 8:37, 2 Cor 13:4, 1 John 4:9) and not by our own strength.

The OT types of entering God's rest:
- Israelites going from wilderness to Promised Land:
- God's grace provided it, but the first generation failed to add faith (Heb 4:2). Psalm 95:7-11: God laments that they would not enter His rest because they knew His works but not His Ways, leading to an evil heart of unbelief (Heb 3:12, 19) and hardened hearts (Heb 3:15).
- So knowing His ways is the key to entering His rest. Caleb's example: Joshua 14:7-15.
- When they did finally go in, they still had a battle (though God fought for them and promised them victory): Hebrews 4:8-10
- The type of the Sabbath:
- Hebrews 4:4, quoting Genesis 2:2
- Exo 20:11: God made this the 4th of the 10 Commandments (right after no Gods before Him, no idols, and not taking His name in vain)--so rest is key. (All the rest of the 10 Commandments were about how people were to interact with each other)
- Blessings associated with keeping the Sabbath: Isaiah 58:13-14
- The Heptadic calendar:
- Week of days – Shabbat (sabbath): the day of rest
- Week of weeks – Shavout
- Week of months – the religious year
- Week of years – the sabbatical year or the shmita year: when the land was to rest
- Seven weeks of years + 1 – Jubilee year: when slaves/captives were to go free
- Is it possible that God used the heptadic calendar, and structure throughout scripture of 7s appearing everywhere, because He intended to emphasize rest?
- But it was always just a type, not about actual works on the Sabbath: Matt 12-1-12

We can't achieve righteousness through our own works--the harder we try, the worse we get (Romans 7:15-20). This is meant to drive us toward giving up (Romans 7:22-25) and receiving righteousness/life from the Holy Spirit, who literally imbues our bodies with it (Romans 8:1-11).

This isn't just about righteousness, or about receiving God's promises (2 Cor 1:20). Our "identity in Christ" also gives us the strength, energy, stamina, courage, etc to do what He has called us to do.
- We "reign in life" through Him (Romans 5:17)
- We were raised in Him to bear fruit to God (Romans 7:4). This includes love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22).
- You can't bear these if you're burned out. "contentions, outbursts of wrath" are rather fruits of the flesh (Gal 5:20) which are consistent with burnout. If the fruit is negative, we're living from our own resources (flesh), not His (Spirit).
- We are full of goodness and complete in knowledge (Romans 15:14).
- We are enriched in every way (1 Cor 1:5).
- We have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16).
- All things are ours (1 Cor 3:21).
- His power is in us (Eph 1:19) - the word eis translated for or toward can also be translated in. Also Eph 3:20
- We are competent and can be confident (2 Cor 3:4-6)
- We can serve others from God's strength (2 Cor 13:4)
- We have every blessing in the spirit realm (Eph 1:3)
- God created good works for us to do, which we do in Christ (Eph 2:10)
- We have grace and peace in abundance (2 Pet 1:2)
- We have power, love, and self-discipline/sound mind (2 Tim 1:7)
- We have everything we need for life and godliness so that we may participate in the divine nature (2 Pet 1:3-4)
- Examples:
- 1 Cor 15:10: Paul labored from God's grace
- Jesus still went out on the boat, but slept through the storm (Matt 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25).

We still labor, but plugged into His power source:
- Heb 4:4, 11: we are to be diligent to enter His rest, and we enter by believing (Heb 4:3). Faith without works is dead (James 2:17-18) but the "work" is believing
- Heb 12:1-2: run with endurance the race set before us, with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the joy set before us. Keeping our eyes fixed is how we lay aside the weights that entangle (deceitfulness of riches, desire for other things, Mark 4:19), and how we run with endurance (otherwise we'd collapse)
- We give Him those weights that might entangle/burdens: 1 Peter 5:7
- When we're weary, He will give us rest (recharge us): Matt 11:28-30
- The Jews had swords to fight the giants. We have the sword of God's word as our weapon (Heb 4:12) which we use to resist the devil and demand what's ours (but remembering that the devil is defeated already, Col 2:15, Heb 2:14, which is where the rest comes in:)
- Luke 18:1-8
Methylation Defects
November 4, 2022 - 8 min
This week's podcast comes from this blog post on Methylation Defects: https://www.drlaurendeville.com/articles/methylation-defects/
Steven K Scott: Wisdom from Proverbs, Teachings of Jesus, and a New Glutathione Delivery System
October 28, 2022 - 49 min
Steven K. Scott flunked out of his first 9 jobs right out of college, but after reading the book of Proverbs, he learned 16 strategies that he applied to each area of his life. Steve is a best selling Christian author & billion-dollar business builder. Steve’s blessed entrepreneurship journey has funded his ministry. His latest project is called “Neumi” and he refers to it as the biggest health breakthrough he’s ever seen.

To learn more about Steve, go to www.stevenkscott.com where you can also learn more about Neumi!
Why Your Fasting Glucose Is High
October 21, 2022 - 7 min
This week's podcast comes from this article: Why Is My Fasting Glucose Too High? https://www.drlaurendeville.com/articles/why-is-my-fasting-glucose-too-high/

This is the podcast I mentioned on how to break the sugar addiction: https://www.drlaurendeville.com/podcast/breaking-the-sugar-addiction-interview-with-teresa-shields-parker/

Here's the resource on stress management techniques: https://www.drlaurendeville.com/articles/stress-management-techniques/
Knowing Truth from Deception
October 14, 2022 - 41 min
- In the last days, deception will come-- false prophets will rise up and deceive many (Matt 24:11), claiming to be Jesus returned (Mark 13:6), some with signs and wonders, deceiving even the elect, "if possible" (Matt 24:24, Mark 13:22). How do we protect against this?
- Focus on knowing the truth, and then you will recognize deception (as how the bankers are trained to recognize counterfeit money). The world is confused about what truth is (John 18:37-38) because they don't hear His voice. God’s word is truth (John 17:17, Psa 25:5, Psa 91:4, Psa 96:13, 100:5, 117:2, 119:142, 151, 160; 138:2, Prov 3:3), including the gospel (Col 1:5)
- God is called the God of truth (Isa 65:16).
- Jesus is the truth (John 14:6, as well as the Word, John 1:1-3, 14).
- The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth (John 14:17, 15:26, 16:13, 1 John 5:6) and He will guide us into all truth. Through the anointing of the Holy One, we know all things and He will instruct us (1 John 2:20, 2:27).
- We must worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24)--i.e. according to His word and by the help of the Holy Spirit.
- Love rejoices in truth (1 Cor 13:6) - both fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23, Eph 5:9)
- Renew our minds with the Word (Romans 12:2); thus we will recognize God's will. Truth is the foundation of the spiritual armor (Eph 6:14)--it goes on first. Only knowing the truth will make us free (John 8:32).
- Once we know the truth, we are to continue in what we were taught (Col 2:6-7, 1 John 2:24).
- Truth of course also means words corresponding to reality (Gen 42:16), and whether our actions/words correspond to our thoughts and emotions (Josh 24:14, 1 Sam 12:24, 1 John 3:18)
- The opposite of this is hypocrisy, or pretense (Phil 1:18), or unrighteousness (2 Thess 2:12).
- What if an idea, concept, or belief that comes to us isn't addressed in scripture at all?
- Is it consistent with God's character? Jesus said we can ask anything in His name and He will give it to us (John 14:14). What's in God's name? He is Jehovah Nissi (the Lord my Banner), Jehovah-Raah (the Lord my Shepherd), Jehovah Rapha (the Lord that Heals), Jehovah Shammah (the Lord is There), Jehovah Tsidkenu (the Lord our Righteousness), Jehovah Mekoddishkem (the Lord who Sanctifies You), Jehovah Jireh (the Lord who Provides), Jehovah Shalom (the Lord is Peace), Jehovah Sabaoth (the Lord of Hosts).
- What is its fruit? (Gal 5:19-23, Romans 8:6-8) God won't lead us into anything producing negative fruit--if the fruit is negative, it's from the flesh and not the Spirit.
- The opposite of truth is deceit(Prov 12:17, Isaiah 59:4, Jer 9:5, 2 Cor 4:2). Satan is the father of deceit/lies and there is no truth in him (John 8:44). Those who are unrighteous will suppress the truth (Romans 1:18).
- False teachers will distort the truth (Acts 20:29-30, 2 Peter 3:16), by mixing it with myths/fables (Titus 1:14) or "merely human commands" (Matthew 16:1-12) or the traditions of men (such as forbidding to marry, abstaining from certain foods, 1 Tim 4:3), according to the principles of the world (Col 2:4-8). They will pretend to be godly or moral, though (2 Cor 11:13-15, 2 Tim 6:5)--so we must use discernment.
- How do we know a false teacher vs just one who is flawed?
- Anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ is a false teacher (1 John 2:22-23, 4:2-3)
- Some may lie intentionally for their own gain (Deut 18:20, Ezekiel 13:9, Jer 14:14, Jer 23:16, Titus 1:10-11) or in hypocrisy (1 Tim 4:2)
- Others may be so blind that they truly believe they are doing God a favor in persecuting His true followers (John 16:2).
- Romans 16:18: Paul said in this verse that these individuals use good words and fair speeches and deceive the hearts of the simple. This means that they flatter people (2 Timothy 4:3) and appeal to the same selfish desires that they themselves have, to draw people after themselves (Acts 20:30).
- We can't judge motives (Matthew 7:1-3), but we can and should judge fruit (Matthew 7:15-20, 1 John 3:7-9). There are many who claim to be believers but aren't (Matthew 7:21-23) and they'll be among us until the end of the age, when God will finally separate them out (Matthew 13:24-30).
- The serpent is subtle and cunning (Gen 3:1, 2 Cor 11:3-4). We'll have to know scripture well so that it cannot be twisted against us. Satan tried to deceive Jesus with scripture (Matt 4:6)--and not even misquoted, just out of context. Some examples of how beliefs can be twisted and used against us if we're not careful:
- Some teach that God causes or allows sickness in order to teach us something. This sounds spiritual--yet Deut 28 makes it clear that sickness is always considered a curse. Jesus became a curse for us and redeemed us from the curse (Gal 3:13-14), and even before that, He healed all who came to Him (Matt 15:30, Matt 4:23-24, Matt 8:16, Matt 9:35, Matt 10:
Why You Should Only Use NSAIDs Sparingly
October 7, 2022 - 6 min
Today's podcast comes from this article, Why You Should Only Use NSAIDs Sparingly: https://www.drlaurendeville.com/articles/use-nsaids-sparingly/
'Milestone to Manhood' - Interview with Steven Arms
September 30, 2022 - 26 min
Steven Arms lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Emily, and is the proud father of two young children. In his book 'Milestone to Manhood' , Steven shares his firsthand experience of his Rite of Passage weekend with his dad and reflects on how it shaped him into the man that he is today.

To learn more about Steven, see https://www.milestonetomanhood.com/ or get the book 'Milestone to Manhood' here: https://www.amazon.com/Milestone-Manhood-Christian-Passage-Boyhood-ebook/dp/B09VDRC5TH/ref=sr_1_1?crid=285TREKIQDRXG&keywords=milestone+to+manhood&qid=1662743021&sprefix=Milestone+to+Man%2Caps%2C280&sr=8-1
Low Dose Naltrexone: Interview with Linda Elsegood
September 23, 2022 - 32 min
Linda Elsegood is the founder of the UK charity LDN Research Trust, established in 2004. She has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) significantly impacted her life. She wanted to help other people, not only with MS but all autoimmune diseases, cancers, mental health issues, etc. In the last 18 years, the charity has helped over a million people worldwide.

To learn more about LDN Research Trust, see https://ldnresearchtrust.org/
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