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The New Order - The 'woman at the well' incident. (John 4:1-25)


What took place, exactly, in Samaria, when Yahshua met with the woman at the well? Would it surprise you to hear, that Yahshua prophesied about a "New Order" that was to come, shortly to Jerusalem? And that this "New Order" was to affect the whole of mankind? Yahshua's words to the woman after He had discussed her personal life with her, were... Joh 4:21-24 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
This was an entire new thought to her. She, an Ephraimite, an Israelite, whose family had been left there after the great enforced migration to Assyria by the invading Assyrians, knew that to worship Elohim she would need to go to Judah, even to Jerusalem to the temple there. Yahshua introduced the 'New Order' to her, a humble sinner-woman, because He knew that she would embrace the truth. No, not merely to embrace, but to run home to family and friends to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom to come.
Yahshua spoke later to His disciples about this 'New Order' of things which would shortly come to pass, when He discussed the destruction of Jerusalem with them, and later which Paul also expounded on in his Epistles. Yahshua declared, and we read this in Matthew 24:2 Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple, Mat 24:1-2 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
He spoke to them of the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem, and yes, even the existing Priesthood, and the Sacrificial System, and the 'Law which was added' (which Paul later talked about in Gal. 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made;) Yahshua was preparing His beloved followers for that which was to come. He spoke of new things He wanted to prepare them for the 'all things new' which we read about in Rev. 21:5. Yahshua came to give Himself, a perfect sacrifice for a 'new' way, a New Order. He later spoke of the destruction of the whole of Jerusalem, and warned His disciples to 'flee to the mountains' at that time, and not try to hold on to the old. Mat 24:15-20. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
As with many prophecies, they were sometimes completely fulfilled at one time, and others were partly fulfilled, to be later completely fulfilled at a later date, for here of course, the destruction spoken of by the prophet Daniel also spoke of the very 'end times' also. But Yahshua was here again, preparing His people for the big change of things. Yahshua's death was to bring about a New Order. A new Covenant, a new Circumcision, a new Priesthood, a new way of Sacrificing, a new way of being in relationship with Yahweh Himself, and Yahshua resurrected.
Yes, Yahshua began with the woman at the well, speaking of this New Order of things to come. Understanding this, helps us to know what Paul also was saying in his Epistles. He spoke at length about the 'old' way of righteousness being superceded by a new and living way (Heb. 10:20). He spoke of 'circumcision of the heart, (Rom. 2:25-29, Col. 2:11) he spoke of the 'new priesthood' (Heb. 7:12) and the 'new covenant' (Heb. 9:15) and the old ways of the self-righteousnes through the works of the Law being to him as 'filthy rags.' (Phil. 3:8)Have we grasped the fulness of understanding, to see that the 'old' had to be destroyed, in order that the New Way inaugurated by Yahshua should take its place?