Morning Bible Study
It is the time
of the Feast of Tabernacles. It took place every year in the fall. This was one
of the three annual feasts where Jews from all around the world would come to
Jerusalem to worship God. The following takes place in
Jerusalem while Jesus is teaching in the temple…
7:25-31 What do you
:25 Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to
Last week we saw that some of the visitors in Jerusalem thought Jesus was
crazy for thinking someone wanted to kill Him (John 7:20)
But the folks who lived in Jerusalem remembered that the leaders wanted
:26 But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers
know indeed that this is truly the Christ?
:26 Do the rulers
know… - Isn’t it amazing at just how WRONG these people are about
Because the rulers of the Jews had not publicly confronted Jesus as of yet,
part the people were wondering if perhaps the rulers thought that Jesus was the
We can learn from the Pharisees’ negative example.
Silence can be misunderstood
Sometimes the best thing you can do is shut up.
(Pr 17:28 NKJV) Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he
shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
to be quiet and let them think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and dispel
But sometimes silence
isn’t so golden
Sometimes when you don’t respond at all, you can be misunderstood.
The rulers here are being understood by some to think that they might
actually be in favor of Jesus.
Genesis 34 -
Jacob and his sons:
Jacob had moved his family back into Canaan, and set up camp near the city
of Shechem (Gen.34).
His one daughter, Dinah, ended up being raped by the prince of the city,
whose name was Shechem. Jacob’s response?
(Ge 34:5 NKJV) —5 And Jacob heard that he
had defiled Dinah his daughter. Now his sons were with his livestock in the
field; so Jacob held his peace until they came.
He not only kept silent until his boys came home, but as far
as we can tell, he never says anything or takes any action.
The vacuum created by his lack of action is filled with his sons.
hatch a plot and end up killing all the men of the city.
Jacob’s response to this:
(Ge 34:30 NKJV) …“You have troubled me by
making me obnoxious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and
the Perizzites; and since I am few in number, they will gather themselves
together against me and kill me. I shall be destroyed, my household and I.”
Jacob was mad at his sons for the trouble they put the
whole family into, but I think you can see that he opened the door for it by
Even though we have been married for 32 years, I am still fairly certain that
my wife has not yet learned to read my mind.
And I absolutely know I haven’t learned to read hers either.
I might slam a door or stamp my foot when I get angry at something, but
unless I tell her what it is, I leave only guess what I’m upset at.
We need to speak up.
A wife became
quite concerned over her husband’s declining health. His color was very pale
and lifeless and he had a terrible lack of energy for even the simplest of
tasks. After much prodding and cajoling, she persuaded him to go to the doctor
to find out what his problem might be. The doctor examined him carefully and ran a full
battery of tests to determine the exact nature of the man’s illness. After
evaluating the test results, he called the woman into his office to give his
prognosis. “Your husband is suffering from a rare form of anemia. Without
proper treatment, he could be dead in a matter of just a few weeks,” he
informed the very anxious wife. He went on to say, “However it can be
successfully treated with the right care and diet. With the proper course of
treatment, I am happy to report that you can expect full recovery.” The wife
was very relieved and asked what kind of action was necessary. The doctor gave
his prescription, “You will need to get up every morning and fix a complete breakfast of eggs,
bacon, toast, etc. Make sure that he has a home-cooked lunch each afternoon of fresh-baked bread
and home-made soup. For dinner
prepare a meal of fresh salad, old- fashioned meat and potatoes, fresh
vegetables and perhaps home-made pie or cake for dessert. Because his immune
system is so compromised, you will need to keep the house scrupulously clean.
It will also be important to keep his stress level very low, so avoid any kind
of confrontations or arguments.” The wife emerged from the doctor’s office and
with tears rolling
down her cheeks, she faced her husband. The husband took one look at his wife
and said very seriously, “The news is bad isn’t it? What did the doctor say?”
With a choked voice, the sobbing wife told her beloved husband, “The doctor
says, you’re gonna die.”
I think she left something out…
Kids need to know clearly where you stand.
If you don’t say anything, then your kids won’t know their limits.
This is exactly the situation that Jacob was in.
Sometimes we don’t send a clear message…
asked her two year old daughter to take her dirty clothes and put them into the
hamper. She looked puzzled, so her mother
explained. “You know; it’s the place where we put our dirty clothes before
they’re washed.” So she picked up her
things, trotted into her parents’ bedroom, and dropped her clothes on the
floor...on the dad’s side of the bed.
The Bible says,
(Pr 29:15 NKJV) The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself
brings shame to his mother.
Discipline requires two things:
(like the “rod”)
It might be a time out.
It might be turning off the TV.
It might be a paddle.
You have to make it clear to your children what you’re
well with your kids will even improve their grades!
A 1986 Stanford University study of 7,836 high school students and 3,500
parents in the San Francisco area showed that children with authoritarian or
permissive parents tend to earn lower grades. On the other hand, parents who encourage their
children and are communicative enable their children to get higher grades.
:27 However, we
know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He
:27 we know where
this Man is from
To most people, Jesus
is just the carpenter from Nazareth.
:27 no one
knows where He is from
There were some that thought that no one would know where Messiah was from.
unawares: Messiah, a found article, and a scorpion.” (Talmud, b. Sanhedrin 97a, Rabbi Zera)
They took passages like this:
(Mal 3:1b NKJV) …And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple…
…to mean that no one knew where He came from.
But when the Magi
came looking for the Messiah, they went to Bethlehem (Mat. 2) because there
were some scribes who knew the ancient prophecies:
(Mic 5:2 NKJV) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the
thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler
in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”
Even though some thought they didn’t know where Messiah was going to come
from, there were others who clearly knew.
Micah even hinted at another origin of the Messiah, something before
Bethlehem, that Messiah would be “from everlasting”. He
would come from eternity, from heaven itself.
:28 Then Jesus
cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know
where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true,
whom you do not know.
Some have suggested there might be a bit of irony in His voice like, “You
think you know Me, yeah right!”
:28 Jesus cried out
– krazo – to croak like a raven; cry
out aloud, speak with a loud voice
Jesus had worked to purposely keep a low profile during the Feast.
He had not gone with His brothers to the Feast because they seemed to be
more interested in Jesus becoming “famous”.
Yet now, something happens that causes Jesus to raise His voice.
There have been a lot of questions
that the people have been asking.
wanted to know where He was (7:11)
(Jn 7:11 NKJV) Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said,
“Where is He?”
trying to figure out whether He was good or evil (7:12)
(Jn 7:12 NKJV) …Some said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the
contrary, He deceives the people.”
trying to figure out how Jesus knew so much (7:15)
(Jn 7:15 NKJV) …“How does this Man know letters, having never
confused about Jesus’ claim that someone was trying to kill Him (7:20)
(Jn 7:20 NKJV) …“You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?”
wondering if the leaders secretly knew He was the Messiah (7:26)
(Jn 7:26 NKJV) …Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the
The one thing
the people didn’t question and thought they knew was the issue of where He was
(Jn 7:27 NKJV) However, we know where this Man is from…
It’s at this point that Jesus raises His voice and addresses everyone.
I can almost get the idea that Jesus doesn’t mind you asking a lot of
questions, but when you think you know something that you really don’t know,
that’s when He gets a bit concerned.
It’s not until they make this statement that He “croaked” or “cried out”.
:29 But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.”
Jesus is talking about God the Father.
What do you really know?
Some people take quite a bit of pride in what they know.
We like to impress people with our little bits and pieces of important
Play video of
“Are you smarter than a 5th grader”
Some people like to make you think they really know what they’re talking
about when it comes to God.
But some of them simply don’t have a clue about God.
people standing before Jesus prided themselves in being the one nation that
knew the True God.
But Jesus pointed out that they did not know God like they thought they
He knew God. He came from heaven. God sent Jesus.
When it comes to knowing what God is really like, there is nobody “smarter”
than Jesus. Jesus says,
(Jn 8:24 NKJV)
Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not
believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
Pay attention to Him.
He knows what He’s talking about.
they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had
not yet come.
They were quite offended at Jesus insinuating that He knew God and they
:30 His hour
had not yet come –
Jesus would one day be arrested,
tried, condemned, and crucified, but here in John 7, that time has not yet
come. It’s still six months away.
Not my time
Did you pay attention to why this group could not get their hands on Jesus?
Was it because
of the security guards that Jesus hired to protect Him?
wasn’t the right time.
There is a peace in trusting God’s plan for your life.
God has a plan
(Is 46:9–10 NKJV) —9 Remember the
former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there
is none like Me, 10
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that
are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My
His plan is for
(Je 29:11 NKJV) For I know the thoughts
that I think toward you, says the Lord,
thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
I need to trust
(Is 12:2 NKJV) Behold, God is my
salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord,
is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ ”
Even the things
that appear intended to harm you, God can turn around for the good.
Joseph had been kidnapped by his brothers and sold into
slavery. Yet he came to realize…
(Ge 50:20 NLT) You intended to harm me,
but God intended it
all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many
This doesn’t mean that we need to lives our lives in a reckless manner.
Jesus to jump off the pinnacle of the Temple, but Jesus responded by saying,
(Mt 4:7 NKJV) …‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
But there will be times when the unexpected comes up and we are afraid. We need to settle back and find rest in God’s
There was a
story about a man who had to cross a wide river on the ice. He was afraid it might be too thin, so he
began to crawl on his hand and knees in great terror. He thought he might fall through at any
moment. Just as he neared the opposite shore, all
exhausted, one of those “Ice Road Truckers” came barreling by in his eighteen
wheeler, blowin’ his horn … not a care in the world …
Sometimes we are way too afraid of things we needn’t worry about. Say it with me …
(Is 12:2 NKJV) Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be
:31 And many of
the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more
signs than these which this Man has done?”
Some of the common people were coming to trust in Jesus because of the
signs (miracles) that He had done.
for Jesus’ Arrest
:32 The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him,
and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him.
:32 Pharisees and
the chief priests –
were a very important religious and political group in Jesus’ day. They held to
a very conservative, strict view of the Scriptures.
priests tended to be Sadducees, the liberal sect of Judaism.
Mentioning both groups together suggests the entire leadership of the
Jewish nation, the Sanhedrin.
You are seeing a “bipartisan” piece of legislation being passed.
– Sort of like the special “Sanhedrin
:33 Then Jesus said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer,
and then I go to Him who sent Me.
Within six months, Jesus would be crucified, raised from the dead, and
ascended back to the Father in heaven.
:34 You will
seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come.”
Remember that the Sanhedrin police have shown up to take Jesus into
Is Jesus talking about going to some sort of “hideout”?
:34 where I am
you cannot come –
Jesus is going to die.
That is one place the Jewish authorities are not going to want to follow
Jesus’ death and resurrection will open up the door to heaven
Those who believe in Him will be able to follow Him into heaven.
These Jewish authorities will not believe in Jesus and so they will not be
following Him to heaven.
:35 Then the
Jews said among themselves, “Where does He intend to go that we shall not find
Him? Does He intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the
:35 the Greeks
– They wonder if Jesus is going to go and preach to those pagan Gentiles that lived outside
of the land of Israel.
For the Pharisee, if Jesus went to preach to the Gentiles, this would
certainly be a place that they would never follow.
:36 What is
this thing that He said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you
They didn’t understand what Jesus was saying.
They have an opportunity before them to trust in Jesus, but they are
dragging their feet and soon it will be too late.
I don’t like salesmen
who put pressure on you.
If we’re out buying a car, they will inevitably come up with some sort of
pressure tactic like, “This deal is only good for two more hours…”
truth though is that for some of you, there is a clock ticking on your
life. There will be a day when it is too
There will be a day when the opportunity to follow Jesus will be gone.
(Lk 12:16–21 The Message) —16 Then he
told them this story: “The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop.
17 He talked to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this
harvest.’ 18 Then he
said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then
I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, 19 and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve
done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the
time of your life!’20
“Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your
barnful of goods—who gets it?’21 “That’s what happens when you fill your barn
with Self and not with God.”
There is an
ancient story about three demons who were arguing over the best way to destroy
the Christian mission in the world. The first demon says, “Let’s tell all the Christians
there is no heaven. Take away the reward
incentive and the mission will collapse.”
demon says, “Let’s tell all the Christians there is no hell. Take away the fear of punishment and the
mission will collapse.” The third demon says, “There
is one better way. Let’s tell all the
Christians that there is no hurry” and all three immediately say, “That’s it! All we have to
do is tell them there’s no hurry and the whole Christian enterprise will collapse.”
The Bible says,
(Is 55:6 NKJV) Seek the Lord
while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.