God has always loved all of his children. He is equally Forgiving Father and Righteous Judge. He told the Israelites to, “treat the foreigner among you as if they were native-born. Love them as you love yourself, for you were once foreigners in Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:34) Often in Israel’s history, whole generations of people forgot to obey their Heavenly Father and demonstrate his heart of love for all people groups and nations.
One night, Jesus was having dinner with some social outcasts, Jewish tax collectors for the Roman government, and the local religious leaders would not even enter the home of Matthew called ‘Levi.’ Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:12-13) In this story, Jesus’ disciples are surprisingly absent from most of the story, because even though they loved Jesus, they wanted nothing to do with Samaritans. But Jesus did.
The master icon illustrates how Father Yahweh was reconciling all nations and peoples to himself through his Son: Jesus Christ the Messiah. The burning animal sacrifice by Jerusalem represents the Jewish culture of worshipping Yahweh in their holy city. The other sacrifice by the glowing mountain represents the Samaritan culture of worshipping the Creator on the slopes of a holy ancestral mountain. The rainbow illustrates Jesus’ role in human history to save mankind and unite all of Yahweh’s family through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus stands by the well where he met the rejected woman. She is releasing her faith that he is the Messiah, and her hair changes color from black (sin) to fire (forgiveness) when she believes in Jesus and follows him. Her hair flows with the living water illustrating how her destiny is changed forever. Her life is now Spirit-filled!
The people in the village have the Holy Spirit (dove & fire) upon them illustrating how the Spirit prepared the whole village to receive Jesus as Lord. The colorful fruit-bearing tree illustrates all the kingdom fruit that will be born through the redeemed lives of the Samaritan village people.
Samaritan Village Revival story sketches
Sketch #1: Water well – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates Jesus’ words to the woman that he is the Living Water.
Sketch #2: Woman – This sketch illustrates the first part of the story where Jesus starts a spiritual conversation with the rejected woman.
Sketch #3: Animal sacrifice – This sketch illustrates the second part of the story where Jesus and the woman discuss different forms of worship.
Sketch #4: Wheat bundle – This sketch illustrates the third part of the story where the woman leads her entire village to faith in Jesus, and a spiritual revival takes place!
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