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.