Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions for John 12:37-50
11. John 12:37-40
Jesus performed so many signs and wonders right before everyone’s eyes. The Jewish leaders and some others still didn’t get it. They stuck stubbornly to their decision to reject Jesus, and they still wouldn’t trust Him no matter what He said or did. Their eyes are blinded to the truth.
Isaiah correctly prophesied the Messiah would encounter this kind of reception. Even though these Jewish leaders are scholars of the law and the prophets, their eyes are blinded to how perfectly Jesus fulfilled Messianic prophecies. They remained unteachable.
39 Jesus then said, “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.”
40 Some Pharisees overheard him and said, “Does that mean you’re calling us blind?”
41 Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.” (MSG)
So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.
12. a. John 12:40-41 and Isaiah 6:1-10
Their eyes are blinded,
their hearts are hardened,
So that they wouldn’t see with their eyes
and perceive with their hearts,
And turn to me, God,
so I could heal them. (Quoted from Isaiah 6:10)
41 Isaiah said these things after he got a glimpse of God’s cascading brightness that would pour through the Messiah. (MSG)
Unlike the Pharisees, Isaiah responded in great humility when he saw the Lord. He recognized how wretched and unworthy he was in comparison.
The Lord does not reject him, and Isaiah’s guilt is removed. When the Lord calls for a messenger, Isaiah willingly responds by saying, “I’ll go. Send me!”
The Lord tells him to warn the people about their stubborn rejection of the word of God.
b. John 12:42-43 People Pleasers
The people who did believe in Jesus—including some of the Jewish leaders—wouldn’t admit to it for fear of being excommunicated. Their fear was real.
I have a tendency to be a people pleaser, but that religious spirit that rises up and rejects true revival because it disturbs the status quo—I hate that.
The religious and people pleasers often criticized Jesus for hanging out with the “rejected and unfit”.
Jesus’ death and resurrection produce a harvest. The fruit He produces will be like Him—fruit that appeals to those whose hearts are open.
Jesus practiced what He preaches. He laid down His life. He doesn’t ask us to do something He was unwilling to do.
I pray that I will be like Him—Love what He loves—Hate what He hates.
Know the truth when I see it and hear it—Stand for truth.
Continue to lay down my life and have a better attitude about it, trusting He is able to bring forth good fruit even when it looks impossible.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 16 Day 5 Day 6 John 12: 37-50