Monday, April 23, 2012

John 7

Jesus at the Feast of Booths

Jesus didn't want to go to Galilee because the Jews were seeking to kill him. His brothers and sisters wanted him to go because they said he shouldn't work in secret. He said his time hasn't come to speak openly. Jesus then went to the feast secretly and there was much talk of him. Some said he is great, some said he is leading his people astray.

At about the middle of the feast, Jesus went up to the temple to teach. They marvel at his teaching because he was never taught, he says he is teaching what the father wants him to. He doesn't seek his own glory but instead his fathers. They say he has a demon and he replies by talking about working on the Sabbath.

I didn't quite follow at the end there. But apart from that, the main point seems to be that Jesus is getting started in convincing a lot of people. And at the start he had a lot of opposition. 

Can This Be the Christ?

Some people pointed out that many people want to kill Jesus yet nobody is doing it. Then they asked if that is because those people realize he is Christ. Some say that we are not supposed to know where the Christ comes from yet we do know where Jesus comes from so he can't be the Christ. Jesus blows them off.

This sounds to me like he is justifying why a prophecy isn't being properly fulfilled (just a guess). Is there some old thing that says we aren't supposed to know the origin of Christ? Is this getting at something completely different and I'm misinterpreting?

Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

The Pharisees heard the people talking about Jesus so they sent some guys to arrest him. Jesus said he would be with the people a little longer but then he would some place where they won't be able to find him.

Is this talking about when he is going to die and go to heaven? If so, aren't they supposed to also be able to go to heaven when they die? I'm confused

Rivers of Living Water

If you are thirsty come to me and drink and if you believe rivers of living water will flow out of your heart.


Division Among the People

Some people liked what he said, some people wanted to arrest him, but no one touched him. Then the officers from the Pharisees showed up and asked why they didn't bring him in. They said that no one had talked like him before and the officers asked if they had been fooled by him.

Seemed pretty much the same as a section up higher.


  1. Jesus at the Feast of Booths Are the verses where Jesus seems to be cautious of the Jews considered antisemitism considered antisemitism? Anyway, its interesting that his own family wasn't believing him. He also seems a bit paranoid about people wanting to kill him, but the crowd responds “you have a demon in you.” I'm starting to wonder if “demon” was just slang in that area of the world, in certain contexts, for “you are acting crazy.” *shrugs* Judging.

    Rivers of Living Water. Unless I'm wrong about this, there is nowhere in scripture that says “from the innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” (verse 38)

  2. I don't think that was antisemitism, it didn't read that way to me. It seemed more to me like there was multiple groups of people living in the place and the Jews there didn't like him.

  3. After a second reading, I think you are right. I was also wondering if Jesus being afraid to die contradicts when he told his followers to not be afraid of death. Maybe it's an exception because it's “not his time” yet?


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