John 4:20 – Learning Worship Key Scriptures (one verse at a time)

The Spiritual Nature of God and His Worship

Key Scriptures for Worship

John 4:19-23

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.

King James Bible

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.

The Worshipping Place

Verse 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Our Fathers (Οἱ πατέρες ἡμῶν)

The Samaritan Woman recognizes Jesus Christ as being a prophet. Her personal life was shown, so what was she to talk about now?

Samaritan Woman
Samaritan Woman

Things that belong to us, we will possess as “Our;” which means to relate to oneself. The Samaritan Woman’s forefathers worshipped God, but decided to worship near their mountain. At the top of mountain was considered a blessed place.

Worship in this Mountain

Who can argue with a blessing? Still today, Samaritan worship there. Many call it “A Place of Prayer,” after the destruction of their temple similar to the one in Jerusalem. They believe their verse of The old Samaritan Pentateuch, or five books of Moses, given by their patriarchs.

Greek Orthodox Priests
Greek Orthodox priests in Jerusalem

Ye Say, Worship in Jerusalem

Who wouldn’t believe their elders? Near another mountain, The children of Israel (the Jews) through King David believed theirs too. In Jerusalem is where the temple was built accordance with the promise and command of God (Deuteronomy 12:5, Deuteronomy 12:11).

Where is the worship place? Both can’t be right. Worship is universal. Everyone should be able to participate. The Samaritans claimed Gerizim, and the Jews Moriah, as the place where Abraham offered his typical sacrifice, and both regarded the worship celebrations there – at the temple.

The expression of worship was relevant, but not enough to hear from God about it until the conversation at Jacob’s well. I’m grateful that God seen through the weakness of the flesh, and given us the answer for our spirit.


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Bible Scripture Source: King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

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