Sorry – I had set this one to automatically post on 5/31, and it did not post. I hate to skip over a whole section of a chapter.
JOHN 7:25-52 (see previous post for 1-24)
He’s the Talk of the Crowd. More People Believe
25 Some of the people who lived in Jerusalem started to ask each other, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26 But here he is, speaking in public, and they say nothing to him. Could our leaders possibly believe that he is the Messiah? 27 But how could he be? For we know where this man comes from. When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; no one will know where he comes from.” (They ignored the Scriptures that predicted his birthplace.)
30 Then the leaders tried to arrest him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his time] had not yet come. 31 Many among the crowds at the Temple believed in him. “After all,” they said, “would you expect the Messiah to do more miraculous signs than this man has done?”
32 When the Pharisees heard that the crowds were whispering such things, they and the leading priests sent Temple guards to arrest Jesus. 33 But Jesus told them, “I will be with you only a little longer. Then I will return to the one who sent me. 34 You will search for me but not find me. And you cannot go where I am going.”
(35-36) The Pharisees don’t understand what he is talking about. They discuss the possibilities.
Notes and Lessons (John7:25-36):
26-27 – Many people had various reactions to Jesus, just as they do today. We must decide for ourselves who Jesus is, knowing our decision will have eternal consequences.
27 – Those who focused on a traditional idea that Jesus would simply appear were ignoring the Scripture (Micah 5:2) that predicts the Messiah’s birthplace.
Jesus Promises Living Water
37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
*Note on 38 – ‘Living water’ is a reference to eternal life. Here he uses it to refer to the Holy Spirit. The two go together; those who accept the Holy Spirit have eternal life.
Division and Unbelief
(40-49) The people, talking among themselves, are divided on whether or not he is the Messiah. Some questioned it because the Scriptures state that Messiah will be born of the royal line of King David, in the same village of David’s birth – Bethlehem. Jesus is known to come from Galilee, though he really was born in Bethlehem.
The guards returned without Jesus, and the Pharisees and leading priests were upset. The guards defended themselves: “We have never heard anyone speak like this!” And the Pharisees mocked them.
(50-53) The leader who had met with Jesus earlier – Nicodemus – asked whether it was legal to convict a man without a hearing. They responded that he should search Scripture and find that no prophet ever comes from Galilee. The meeting was over, and they all went home.
Notes and Lessons John 7:40-53:
40-44 – Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but grew up in Nazareth. He may have had an obvious Galilean accent. If people had looked more carefully, perhaps asked a question, they would not have jumped to the wrong conclusion. If you are searching for God’s truth, look carefully and thoughtfully at the Bible with an open heart and mind. Don’t jump to conclusions before knowing what the Bible says.
44-46 – The Romans ruled, but the Jewish leaders were over more minor affairs. There were so many laws that it was impossible not to break one. The guards could not find a valid reason to arrest Jesus.
46-49 – The leaders considered themselves an elite group who alone had the truth. They resisted the truth because it wasn’t theirs. Don’t copy the Pharisees’ self-centered and narrow attitude.
My Comment on the Blog:
This chapter was divided into two posts. The Book of John has 20 chapters, so it will take awhile to get through it. If I follow this pattern, that’s one chapter in two posts each week. That means we’ll be in John for about 12 more weeks. I’ll try to get you through it more quickly. You can always read ahead, and then go back to review the notes.