8/14/15 Bitterness Between Jews And Samaritans

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But there is too much history here to be overlooked.  After the Israelites were taken captive and Samaria was repopulated by their captors, the new inhabitants of the land decided that they would like to become worshippers of God as well.  But the people of Judah, living to the south of them in the region of Jerusalem, did not accept them.  So the Samaritans became an off-shoot group, following the same traditions and laws as the people of Judah, but worshipping in their own temple built on Mt. Gerizim.  The two groups have despised each other since the beginning, each believing that their own way is the right way.  And so now, whenever Jewish travelers pass through Samaria on their way to Jerusalem, they find open hostility from their Samaritan neighbors.  This is no different for Jesus and His apostles, though only manifesting in a refusal to offer hospitality, and the apostles are furious about it.  “Rabbi,” James says, “Shall we call fire down from Heaven to destroy them, like Elijah did?”  John, usually calm, nods his head in agreement.  Jesus turns sharply and quickly replies, “Do you have any idea what you are doing in saying such a thing?  The same Spirit that empowers Me to do My work among you also empowers you through Me, but not to do works of hatred and revenge!  You are called by this Spirit to heal and to save.  Be careful of your words, because they have great power.  We will simply travel on to another village where the people are favorably disposes towards us.”

Luke 9:53-56, https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQDbcgiTAZMCSLiZ&w=720&h=1096&url=http%3A%2F%2Fupload.wikimedia.org%2Fwikipedia%2Fcommons%2Fthumb%2Fc%2Fc2%2F12_Tribes_of_Israel_Map.svg%2F720px-12_Tribes_of_Israel_Map.svg.png, http://www.biblewalks.com/Photos88/GerizimEbalArea.JPG, http://www.twoagespilgrims.com/doctrine/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/gerizim_ebal_map.jpg

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