Preview Questions for John Chapter 4

Here are the preview questions for John, Chapter 4.  These are intended to help you grasp the factual material so that you can focus on the spiritual.  They come from the same source as before:  They are

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1. Where was Jacob’s well? 

2. In chapter 4, John records that Jesus was wearied from His journey and came and sat by Jacob’s well. There he met someone of whom he ask, “Give me a drink.” Who did he meet at the well and ask for this water? 

3. Did the Jews and Samaritans get along well with one another at the time of Jesus?

4. Fill in the blank: “Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you _______ water.”

5. Choose one: Jesus told the Samaritan  woman that those who drink the water from Jacob’s well  will thirst again, but those who received water from Him will never thirst. Jesus further said, “But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into ____________. a. an eternal fountain; b. everlasting life; c. refreshment eternal.

6. Fill in one of the blanks: In His conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus told her, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in ______ and _______; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”

7. Did Jesus ever tell the Samaritan woman at the well that he was the Messiah? “Yes or No”

8. Who said, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”

9.   Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish _____________. a. His

work; b. His plan; c. His creation. 

10. Yes or No: After the Samaritan Women told the other Samaritans about Jesus, did they (the 

Samaritan people) want Jesus to leave immediately?

11. Yes or No: Did the Samaritan people, that the Samaritan woman at the well told about Jesus, come to believe on their own account that Jesus was “the Christ, the Savior of the World”?

12. Choose one: What was the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee? a. Healed the blind man; b. Healed nobleman’s son; c. Healed the paralytic.


April 10, 2010 Meeting — Samaria and Galilee

We will be back on track on April 10th.  The reading is the whole of Chapter 4.  The first part is the Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman.  The second part is Jesus’ interactions with a number of Galileans.

Before reading, look at a map and trace Jesus’ journey.  He is traveling back north after the feast in Jerusalem.  This helped me to put it into some context.

How to Pray for Our Nation

A brother of ours from St. Martin’s circulated this so I thought I’d share it:

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Saturday, March 20, 2010, 11:52 PM


Got this from reader Alexandra, and thought it was such incredibly simple (but profound) advice, that I had to share it. It really humbled and instructed me:

. . .when the Bush-Gore recount battle was going on, I asked my parish priest, a very wise man who loves Christ, how to discern God’s will. I wasn’t asking so much for his opinion on the politics of the day but when I am in one of these political battles and a religious person, can I discern God’s will in the course of trying to decide whether I should write letters, call my Congressperson, or whatever?

His simple answer was “God’s will will always be for the salvation of the individual involved.”

So I try every day now to pray for the salvation of the president, all members of Congress, and the American people. I cast my cares upon the Lord.

We are in a deeper battle here, which you well know . . . I also think in the end this all has to do with the salvation of souls, including the souls of our president and these politicians who deign to rule over the rest of us. I think we who believe must hold fast to Christ, the True Center, and bring as many along with us as possible.

Yes. How perfectly right. God’s will will always be for the salvation of the individual involved. And it follows that the salvation of the individual involved will lie in that individual’s conforming him/herself to the Word and Will of God.


We are told that Nicodemus was probably a member of the Sanhedrin.  There were two sanhedrins.  One was political, like our executive branch.  The other was religious and was the highest religious authority.

A little bit about the “Great Bet Din” may help to put Jesus’ meeting with Nicodemus into some context.  According to the Jewish Encylopedia:

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The Pharisees apparently were quite influential in the Sanhedrin. What authority did the Great Bet Din exercise:
            [T]he Great Bet Din had the following functions, which it exercised in part as a body and in part through committees of its members:
  •  It had supervision over the Temple service, which was required to be conducted in conformity with theLaw and according to Pharisaic interpretation.
  • It decided which priests should perform the Temple service (Mid., end).
  • It supervised especially important ritual acts, as the service on the Day of Atonement (Yoma i. 3).
  • It had in charge the burning of the Red Heifer and the preparation of the water of purification (Tosef., Sanh. iii. 4).
  • When the body of a murdered person was found, members of the Great Bet Din had to take the necessary measurements in order to determine which city, as being the nearest to the place of the murder, was to bring the sacrifice of atonement (Soṭah ix. 1; Tosef., Sanh. iii. 4; comp. Soṭah 44b-45a).
  • It had also to decide as to the harvest tithes (Peah ii. 6).
  • It sat in judgment on women suspected of adultery, and sentenced them to drink the bitter water (Soṭah i. 4; see Ordeal).
  • It arranged the calendar (R. H. ii. 5 et seq.), and provided correct copies of the Torah roll for the king, and probably for the Temple also (Tosef., Sanh. iv. 4; Yer. Sanh. ii. 20c).
  • In general it decided all (doubtful questions relating to the religious law (Sanh. 88b) and rendered the final decision in regard to the sentence of the teacher who promulgated opinions contradicting the traditional interpretation of the Law (“zaḳen mamreh”; Sanh. xi. 2-4

I have bolded the duties that seem most relevant.  (Also, note in light of last Sunday’s Gospel, that they dealt with questions of adultery).

Think of the human context here.  A preacher comes working signs and teaching.  He clears the Temple area of money changers and vendors and does it violently (but without sin as we know).  He is performing “signs” and “wonders.”  His teaching, though, appears to be unorthodox or at least strange. Who is this man?  Nicodemus draws the assignment to find out.  He goes at night to avoid inadvertently conferring the prestige of the Great Bet Din on this preacher.  Jesus knows all of this.  High drama.

Setting aside that we know who the Son of God is, what do you think Nicodemus reported to the Great Bet Din? Again, not knowing the answer, what would you report to the Great Bet Din?

Some Questions To Help Approach John, Chapter 3

When I was in college, I took a psychology course on memory.  The professor, who was a leading memory researcher (although I have forgotten his name — oops), recommended that if we wanted to learn something we should use something called the PQ4R method.  It stands for Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Recite, and Review.  I found some questions that might help in reading John, Chapter 3 from the following website:  Obviously, each of us will put in as much effort as he wants; ignore them, use them as much as you see fit.  Here they are:

1. In chapter 3, Who said to Jesus, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”


2. Fill in one of the blanks: Jesus told Nicodemus, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus responded, “How can a man be born when he is old?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of ______ and the _______, he can not enter the Kingdom of God.”


3. Multiple choice: John records in Chapter 3, that Jesus said, “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is the son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have ___________”: a. faith; b. strength; c. eternal life; d.knowledge of God.


4. Jesus says, as recorded by John in chapter 3, that God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to do what to the world?


5. Multiple choice: Jesus says, “this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” Who does Jesus say hates the light? a. the Gentiles; b. the Pharisees; c. everyone practicing evil; d. men.


6. Fill in the blank: Jesus said, “But he who does the _______ comes to light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”


7. Did Jesus ever baptize anyone?


8. Who said, “He must increase, but I must decrease”?

The Agape materials also have lots of questions.  If you have materials at home with questions, please share.  You never know when a particular question will be exactly what someone needs to break open the Word.


Ideas For Getting Together With St. Martin’s MOE

We’ve been discussing ideas for getting together with the Men of Emmaus at St. Martin’s.  Here’s one idea we got from them:

“I was thinking it might be nice to have another “Sermon on the Mount”…Sugarloaf Mountain, that is.

The past two years, in the Spring, some time after Easter, we’d get a group of guys and one of our priests to hike up Sugarloaf mountain and celebrate Mass.  Afterwards, Fr. would lead a discussion and then we’d close with a meal.

Maybe target the last Saturday in April.”

What does everyone think?  Let’s discuss and once a consensus emerges, let’s get organized.