The amazing message Jesus has for the Samaritan woman is “I already know who you are…and I still want that drink!” That is the Gospel of Jesus in a nutshell. As God’s people, we are called to live out the Gospel in the same way.
The river of bad blood between Jews and Samaritans ran wide and deep. Yet, there was one event that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
So what caused the bad blood between the Jews and Samaritans? Who’s to blame?
As with most things in Israel, it’s complicated.
If you read the Bible—especially the New Testament—it’s pretty easy to come away with a bad impression of Samaritans. In fact, most of us would probably rank the Samaritans just slightly better than the Pharisees when it comes “disliked” groups of people in the Gospels.
Yet, are these portrayals accurate? The short answer is, not exactly.
In Judaism, full forgiveness on Yom Kippur only comes after one has sought forgiveness from those they have wronged. Jesus establishes the same standard for his discples.