A few weeks ago, our pastor mentioned a new Bible translation he was beginning to use, if anyone wanted to also use that version during church.
During his sermon that day, he quoted John 4:6, with the time reference of “noon.”
The time was important to the story because it was in the heat of the day, and wasn’t normally a time when people would go out to draw water from the well.
It was the story of the Samaritan woman.
My new Bible for 2018, HCSB, which I thought I had researched how close it was to the KJV, said it was “about six in the evening.”
Then, I looked over at my husband’s (always King James) and his said, “about the sixth hour, or noon.”
I pointed at mine and he mumbled something about my “junky translation.”😂 If you know Him, then you understand…
The sixth hour was noon.
My translation had six in the evening, which I think most of us would view as 6 p.m. I did, and that’s why I was initially confused when the pastor said noon.
This time would somewhat change the story of the woman at the well.
She went when most people were NOT there (noon), which is how Jesus found her alone. Evening time, the cooler part of the day, was when people did go to draw water.
Now, this isn’t the end of the world, or even something to prevent me from using the HCSB version. I know time and calendars are not exactly the same now, since 33 A.D., but it has been on my mind because time was significant to John 4:6.
(Time even moved backwards once, but that’s another story.)
Today, when I was reading through the crucifixion stories from my NASB Bible, I noticed this,
“It was about the sixth hour and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour.”
Luke 23:44 NASB
How interesting that something as simple as the time of day, would hold my attention for weeks, and the sixth hour is when Jesus hung on the cross, as the sky darkened…
“Because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two.”
Luke 23:45 NASB
⏳The woman at the well met her Savior at the sixth hour. Jesus offered her living water.
⏳The thief on the cross met his Savior at the sixth hour. Jesus told him that today he would be with Him in Paradise.
⏳Do you remember what time you met Him?
How do we meet Him?
The veil being was torn was symbolic because there was no longer a need for a priest to enter the Jewish temple’s most holy place – through the veil – where only he could make sacrifices for everyone else.
Jesus’ death, His ultimate sacrifice, as the final, spotless Lamb… opened the way directly to God.
No veil. No barriers. No one that has to go on your behalf.
Even if you are alone, when you come to that place, where your eyes finally see Him for who He is…look at the examples of these two people. All they did was ask.
You can meet Him as easily as the woman at the well, who was alone and dead in her sins. She admitted her guilt and went and told as many people as she could.
You could be meeting him at a moment of crisis, like the thief on the cross, who was only moments from dying for his crimes and sins. He admitted his guilt and acknowledged Jesus was innocent…as he hung on a cross beside Him.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6 KJV
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9 NASB
“Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washedit white as snow.”