Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 15-MAR-2020 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Lent 3 – The story of Jesus and the woman at the well is often interpreted in terms of God's forgiveness of a promiscuous woman who kept tricking men into marrying her and then walking out on them. But it's not a story about morality. It's a story of how Jesus saw and understood this woman's plight, and shared his insight without shaming or condemning her. In the patriarchal society of the day a woman had no legal or social power to end her own marriage, because only a man could initiate a divorce. This woman was most likely the victim of a series of husbands who had all thrown her out, and she was currently surviving under the patronage of yet another man. Jesus saw her for what she was, and he did not judge or condemn her. Can we follow the example of Jesus, to see brokeness without shaming and condemning the victim?
John 4: 5-42

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