Jerry Wiles on The Significance of the Seventh Man

Sometimes, careers, positions or possessions can take the place of God in our lives

A man from a remote village in a Central American country attended an Orality Training Workshop.  After learning and retelling the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, recorded in John 4, he made an important and interesting observation.  During a time of discussion and reflection, the man said, “I see that this woman had been married to five husbands and was then living with a man who was not her husband.”  He went on to observe that in the account Jesus was the seventh man to come into her life.

Seeking Meaning and Purpose

The number seven often speaks of completion or perfection.  It’s a great picture of what happens when a person encounters Jesus, is born of the Spirit, becomes complete and a new creation in union with Christ.  The old has gone, and the new has come.  The experience of the Samaritan woman is a reminder that many people are seeking meaning, purpose, and fulfilment in all the wrong places and all the wrong ways.

True Life in Jesus

Idolatry has been a problem from the beginning of time.  An idol can be anything that takes the place of God in our lives.  It can be a career, a position, possessions, and a relationship or any number of things.  Many are trying these things before coming to an awareness of their need for the Lord.  Some must try and discover that all these things, apart from God, can leave us empty and void of true life that only Jesus can give.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Jerry Wiles

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