Samaritan Worship

oil and waterSpeaking to the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus said, “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22).

The Samaritan worship was a hodge-podge of traditions. They started with the Jewish religious practices but then added in ideas from other local religions. Those Samaritans mixed oil with water. 2 Kings 17:26-34 tells how they combined the worship of the one true God with the worship of others.

Apparently they picked what they liked best from various ideologies. A little from here, another idea from over there, and an enticing concept from that one over there. Pick and choose. Take the stuff I like and leave the rest behind. Only what I’m comfortable with. No sense in participating in rituals that might make me uneasy, right?

Hmmm… kind of sounds like the world—and perhaps too much of the Church—today, doesn’t it? Like mixing oil and water, it won’t work.

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