The Spiritual Nature of God and His Worship
Key Scriptures for Worship
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 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.
The Secret Knowledge of Truth
Verse 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
I perceive (θεωρῶ)
The Samaritan Woman recognizes this knowledge spoken by Jesus Christ, as being THE TRUTH.
To perceive means to regard, consider, or interpret someone’s ways. In response to Jesus’ question and His answer in verse 17, “Thou hast well said, I have no husband,” and in verse 18, “in that saidst thou truly.” She said to herself from the unknown secret knowledge shared, Jesus must be a prophet. Handling the truth will set many free. Hidden secrets keep many in bondage. When you release the problem, peace comes.
A prophet – One sent from God
Truth prevails when it is recognized! After the Samaritan Woman’s changed attitude, she now reverence Jesus. A man from God send to help, so she better now listen and take heed. His truth is observe more carefully.
During olden times, prophets were holy men sent by God speaking in His name. The children of Israel rejected God’s provision, so through Moses a new prophet was called forth in Deuteronomy 18:15-17: “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. This is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God or see this great fire anymore, so that we will not die!” Then the LORD said to me,”They have spoken well.”
God sent men, like Barsabas and Silas from the New Testament, to encourage and correct others in the Lord. There are many who has prophesied as the Holy Spirit moved on an individual, but do not have the office of a prophet. These individual can not help but to speak the truth no matter what happens. The new prophet will correct under grace, and will show mercy (if needed).
As you can see the prophet was very important, even now, there is no reason why standing in the present of a prophet you wouldn’t ask for a solution to your problem. The expression of worship was relevant even then, so what do you think about now (in our time)?
Bible Scripture Source: King James Version (KJV) Public Domain