John 7:1-24 – Lots of Teaching and Talk at the Festival

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 John 7

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(1-5)  Jesus stayed in Galilee, avoiding Judea, where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death.  When it was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters, his brothers were pushing him to go.  They didn’t believe him, and they were saying that if he could do miracles and other great things, why should he hide?   

(6)  Jesus answered that it was not the right time for him to go.  He told them to go on without him.  7 The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil. 8 You go on. I’m not going  to this festival, because my time has not yet come.” 9 After saying these things, Jesus remained in Galilee.

*Note:  Although they were embarrassed about Jesus for awhile, his brothers eventually became church leaders, like James.  After he died and rose again, they believed.

–Reminder on format:  italics are verses in NLT version.  Also, I am having trouble unbolding type that was not bolded when I copied it from Word.–

A Surprise Festival Attender Causes a Stir
(10-13) After his brothers left, Jesus went to the festival, secretly, staying out of view.  The Jewish leaders were trying to find him and were asking people if they’d seen him.  Some in the crowds were saying that he was a good man, while others said he was a fraud who was deceiving people.  No one had enough courage to speak favorably about Jesus in public, afraid of retribution from the Jewish leaders.
(14-16)  About halfway through the Festival,  Jesus got up and began teaching at the Temple.  The people were surprised when they heard him, because he did not have ‘training’.   He tells them the message comes from God, not himself.  He responds:
17 Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. 18 Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies. 19 Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me.”   20 The crowd replied, “You’re demon possessed! Who’s trying to kill you?”

 *Notes /Lesson (John 7):

13- People were afraid of being excommunicated from the Jewish synagogue for believing in Jesus, so they were afraid to stand up for him. Jesus says that he will acknowledge us before God if we acknowledge him before others (Matthew 10:32)  Let’s speak up for Christ! 

16-18 – How to evaluate whether religious speakers are telling the truth:  1) Words must agree with the Bible – no contradictions.  2)  Words must point to God instead of themselves.

My experience:   I remember when I was a new Christian.  I’m the only Christian in my family.  It took awhile to become comfortable talking about Jesus, not because I was afraid of being ridiculed.  It just felt unnatural at first.  Now I’m pretty comfortable talking about my faith.  

 21 Jesus replied, “I did one miracle on the Sabbath, and you were amazed. 22 But you work on the Sabbath, too, when you obey Moses’ law of circumcision. (Actually, this tradition of circumcision began with the patriarchs, long before the law of Moses.) 23 For if the correct time for circumcising your son falls on the Sabbath, you go ahead and do it so as not to break the law of Moses. So why should you be angry with me for healing a man on the Sabbath? 24 Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”

Notes for 7:21-24:    

  • When he healed a man who could not walk, (see  the Jewish leaders considered it as working, so they had accused Jesus of working on the Sabbath.  (They were looking for a reason to arrest him.)  
  • The traditional time for circumcision is the eighth day after the baby’s birth.  The Jews would circumcise even if the eighth day fell on the Sabbath.  Why is circumcision a big deal?  It demonstrates a Jewish person’s identity as one of God’s covenant people. 

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