John Lesson 11 Day 2

John Lesson 11 Day 2 ~ John 7:1-13

3-  a.  Jesus’ brothers urged him to go to Jerusalem.

There is at least a six-month gap between John 7:1 and 7:2. Matthew 15:1-19:2, Mark 7:1-10:1, and Luke 9:18-50 record a number of events that John omitted.

  • The law of Moses required every man in Israel to celebrate three festivals in Jerusalem each year.
  • They sarcastically urged him to go so he could put on a show for a larger crowd. They didn’t believe Jesus was who he said he was.

Jesus’ brethren were saying, “If you are really the Christ, then go to Jerusalem and proclaim it at the feast.” They probably didn’t want Jesus to do that and suffer death at the hands of the Jews. But they probably thought that this “put up or shut up” challenge would silence Jesus’ claims. (Andrew Wommack)

Deuteronomy 16:16

Each year every man in Israel must celebrate these three festivals: the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Harvest, and the Festival of Shelters. On each of these occasions, all men must appear before the Lord your God at the place he chooses, but they must not appear before the Lord without a gift for him. NLT

b.  Jesus knew the timing of His death—Passover.

John recorded five times Jesus said, “My time has not yet come.”  (John 2:4; 7:6, 8, 30; and 8:20). John also recorded four times Jesus said, “My time has come.” My time referred to things associated with His crucifixion.

This festival was the  Feast of Tabernacles (booths or tents). Jesus’ brothers weren’t making  a mistake by attending the festival as usual.

Their mistakes—

  • They didn’t accept or understand Jesus’ identity, calling, and purpose.
  • They questioned Jesus’ actions because they didn’t accept or understand Jesus’ identity, calling, and purpose.
  • Perhaps the festival was merely a religious tradition to them. God established these three festivals so they would remember their time in the wilderness.

Jesus attended the feast also. If He did not, the Jews could rightly accuse Him of disobeying the law. He just waited a few days, perhaps to avoid traveling along with the crowds.  By traveling to Jerusalem later, his enemies couldn’t say that He used this time on the road to encourage rebellion. It’s also possible, God needed Him to stay in Galilee awhile longer. (Possible reasons Jesus delayed His departure via Adam Clarke)

Romans 12:1-2

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (MSG)

Ephesians 4:17-19

And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion. (MSG)

Ephesians 5:15-17

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. (NLT)

4-  a.  Opinions about Jesus

Some said, “He is a good man.”

  • He heals the sick.
  • He feeds entire crowds of people.
  • He is a good teacher.

Some said, “but he is leading the crowd astray.”

  • He argues with the religious leaders. Isn’t that disrespectful at the very least?
  • He used a whip to drive church sanctioned activities out of the temple area.

However, no one was talking openly about Him—especially not those who spoke well of Him—because of their fear of the Jews. The Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who professed Jesus as the Christ would be expelled from the synagogue (excommunicated). John 9:22 says the Jews agreed that anyone who professed Jesus as the Christ would be excommunicated.

b.  What I think of Jesus—

When I began my answer to this question, the following song by Chris Tomlin came up on my playlist.

Jesus Messiah

He became sin, who knew no sin
That we might become His righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross

Love so amazing, love so amazing

Jesus Messiah, name above all names
Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

His body the bread, his blood the wine
Broken and poured out all for love
The whole earth trembled, and the veil was torn

Love so amazing, love so amazing, yeah

Jesus Messiah, name above all names
Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

All our hope is in You, all our hope is in You
All the glory to You, God, the light of the world

Jesus Messiah, name above all names
Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

 


MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 11 Day 2 ~ John 7:1-13