Conflict Between Jesus and Religious Leaders-John 7

Last Tuesday we began our study of John 7 by looking at Jesus’ half brothers prodding him to go to Judea for the Feast of Tabernacles but their motives were true That post was Jesus Understands Family Problems

Part of Jesus’ response to his brothers is a repeated theme in John:

My time is not yet here

Jesus knew all along that he was here to die for our sins. It was the plan. He also knew his time had not yet come at that point.

Jesus did end up going without telling his half brothers. When he arrived, he began to teach in the Temple Courts. The Jews were amazed at his teaching saying:

“How did this man get such learning without having been taught?”.

Consider the irony of that question. They were wondering how Jesus could have such great understanding without having been taught. Jesus is the creator. The whole of the Old Testament points to Jesus. When the Jews would teach things such as the promise of the Messiah, they were teaching about Jesus.

Jesus tells them his teaching comes from the Father. He makes a point about motives in teaching:

Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.

Then Jesus lets them know he knows they are seeking to kill him:

Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”

They responded with their version of-Are you crazy?

You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?”

Jesus responds by pointing out their hypocrisy of being upset that Jesus healed someone on the Sabbath.

Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath?

It is in John 7 that we really see the conflict build between Jesus and the religious leaders. They viewed Jesus as a threat to their ‘authority and power’ and Jesus did not placate them.

We will look more at that conflict next Tuesday.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

20 thoughts on “Conflict Between Jesus and Religious Leaders-John 7

  1. He had the divinity to know everything and made use of it on occasion but the beauty of it was that Jesus DID learn everything as a Man. That obedience is referred to a few times in the letter to the Hebrews and Luke mentions at the end of chapter 2 that “He increased in wisdom and stature.” That’s so beautiful because, like you said, He knew why He was here. “It was the plan.” So He riled them up not so much by changing God’s perfect word but by instructing others in the way it was actually intended–not with their man made laws and cheapened religion but by the religion God set forth from the beginning. Their fathers were told that if they broke that old covenant–the ones the leaders were paying lip service to–they would be punished. But since there was none righteous, Christ kept God’s law perfectly for their sake and ours and ushered in the new covenant by His obedience. There are no strings attached to it as those leaders taught; it was the free gift of God to mankind.

    Great post!

  2. Good post Matthew.
    I like the part where you mentioned the “irony of that question.”..knowing what we know of who Jesus is, it makes me chuckle.
    That caused me to think about the audacity satan had in the wilderness with Jesus when he tempted Him (the Creator of all) by offering to give Him all the kingdoms of the world, if He would just fall down and worship him. That’s a bit ironic isn’t it? The Alpha and Omega was quite aware of that plan as well. But it all had to play out according to plan…

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