Dr. Ronnie Wolfe
worshiped God in their own way, but they did not know whom they
worshiped. They were worshiping as only Gentiles would worship. The
Samaritans were mixed-blooded, partly Jew and partly Gentile; but they
did not worship as did the Jews in the Jewish way, keeping the
ordinances that were types of the coming of the Messiah, though they
knew of the Messiah's coming.
As a matter of fact, even the Jews
did not know what they worshiped. Many recognized Jesus as the Messiah,
but most of them rejected Jesus as the coming Messiah, hated him, and
eventually crucified him.
When Jesus said here "We know what we
worship," he was speaking of those who worshiped God Jehovah and knew
Jesus as the coming Messiah, followed him and were his disciples.
has chosen the Jewish nation to bring light to the Gentiles, so
salvation was of the Jews. Jesus came as a result of the promise and
covenant given to and through the Jewish people. Jesus was a Jew, and his
message was a Jewish message; but Jesus' purpose was to eventually put
out the Gospel to all people in the world.
Remember that, when Jesus sent out his disciples the first time for a witness, he said in Matt. 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Again in Matt. 15:24 he said, But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Later Jesus said in Mt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.