John Lesson 11 Day 4 ~ John 7:28-39; John 14:16-18
8- The chief priests and Pharisees looked for a way to arrest Jesus.
Jesus “cried out”. Scholars say the Greek word used here conveys that Jesus “lifted up his voice in such a way as to cause wide astonishment…The trumpet peal sounded through the courts of the temple, and the crowds rushed in the direction from which it proceeded.” (Pulpit Commentary)
Jesus abruptly disrupted whatever else was going on at the time. The Pharisees took offense. I can imagine they thought, “How dare you! Who do you think you are?”
Then Jesus reminded them of who he was and is and is to come.
He pointed out that they had only a superficial knowledge—where he was born—his family—his hometown—his education—his ministry in Galilee.
The Jerusalem multitudes were suffering grievously from the superstitious limitations of their own faith, from the traditions, the symbolism, the letter, the form, which had well nigh strangled, suffocated, the underlying truths. They had in many ways lost the God whose great Name they honoured. They failed to apprehend his awful (great, magnificent, wonderful) nearness to them, his love to every man, his compassion to the world, the demand of his righteousness, the condition of seeing him, the way to his rest – “Him ye know not.” This was a serious rebuke of the entire system which prevailed at Jerusalem. Not understanding nor knowing the Father, they were unable to see the possibility of his having sent to them, through the life and lips of a Man whom they knew, his last and greatest message. (Pulpit Commentary)
The Pharisees were looking for a way to arrest Jesus, “but not a hand was laid on him because it wasn’t yet God’s time.” John 7:30 (MSG)
I can dwell in peace, confident in this knowledge—
If I am squarely in the center of my Father’s will, he will protect me until my mission is complete.
This question brought Paul’s words in Philippians 1:6
“I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].” (AMP)
Paul referred to their (and our) journey to spiritual maturity, but Jesus sees us through it all.
9- John 7:34 You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come. (ESV)
This is the opposite of several verses that say if you seek you will find.
If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him, as your soul’s first necessity], He will let you find Him; but if you abandon (turn away from) Him, He will abandon (turn away from) you. 2 Chronicles 15:2b (AMP)
In the literal, short-term context, this is true of Jesus’ physical death, resurrection, and return to heaven.
In the longer-term, many of the Jews listening to Jesus that day rejected him as the promised Messiah. Although they sought the Messiah and would continue to seek him, they missed their opportunity forever.
The nation as a whole was blinded; they crucified their King, the Lord of glory; and they brought uttermost extinction on themselves as a nation. “They sought their Messiah in vain” (Weiss). Where I am – in the glory in which I dwell, and to which I belong, and to which I am now inviting you – you cannot come. “The door will be shut;” you will not “have known the day of your visitation.” “How often would I have gathered you, but ye would not!” The seeking cannot be the search of penitence, but of unavailing despair. You have the opportunity now. In a little while I go, and then you will find it impossible to follow me. (Pulpit Commentary)
(Pulpit Commentary predates the restoration of the nation of Israel in 1948. As a nation, they still reject Jesus as their Messiah.)
People will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from border to border
searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it. Amos 8:12 (NLT) (Italics added)
Jesus’ words apply to anyone who does not believe he is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the only way to eternal life.
10- a. Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, as rivers of living water.
b. “But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. John 14:17b
Paul asked the believers in Ephesus—
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them.
“No,” they replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied. Acts 19:2, 6 (NLT)
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 11 Day 4 ~ John 7:28-39; 14:16-18