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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday's Message

That Baaad Girl
John 4.5-42

Ok, let's settle this one before Sunday. It may indeed be true that the woman at the well was a serial monogamist, flitting from man to man and shacking up with another one right now. It could be, but I don't think so.

This is because men were granted divorces, not women (Deut 24.1-4) so she couldn't be the one initiating the divorce. This would mean that she had been rejected four times by four different men and is now living as she is because she doesn't want that to happen again.

She could also be a widow four times over. In Hebrew law, if a man died and the couple had no children, the woman would be given to her husband's brother (Deut. 25.5-6). If there was a brother but he was too young to marry her, she would be kept at her father-in-law's household until the brother grew up. Thus her man (the younger brother) is not married to her even though she is living with him (in his father's house).

The public humiliation of being repeatedly rejected or relentlessly widowed would certainly be enough to keep her from the well when the other women were there. After all, they would all know of her humiliation and would certainly attack her verbally. If you don't believe that, talk to a girl in middle or high school about the merciless way the "cool girls' pick on the unpopular ones.

So she could be a baaaad girl, as most of us were taught. But I think she was a woman humiliated by the circumstances of her life, a woman who tried to hide herself because everything else hurt too much. And here she is by the well in the middle of the day, and here comes Jesus looking for a drink.

Pastor Stuart

Lessons for Sunday, March 23
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
John 4:5-42

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   6:00 p Lenten Potluck Soup/Bread supper (if you are unable to bring anything to share, come anyway)
                     6:30 P Lenten Devotion
                     7:00 - 8:30 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                    7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday          9:00 - 11:30 p KOK Preschool
                    1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      10:00 - 11:00  SOV Choir Rehearsal

Prayer Shawl Ministry is looking for anyone interested in sponsoring a table (provide china place serving for 8; cup/saucer and lunch plate) for a Mothers and Others Tea to be held on May 10th (please reply to Tammy or contact Brenda or Lynn)

U of O Gospel Choir Concert Committee is looking for cash donations to cover the transportation expense as well as auction items; you can donate an item, service or an entire theme basket. Please contact a committee member for more information. Jameson, Diane etc

Prayer Remembrances
Christine; Pastor Randy, Choice and Family; The Duff Family.