Day 19 (March 15), John 7:25-36

John 7:25-36

 

Context:  While teaching in the Temple courts during the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus continues his discourse with Jewish leaders as well as the multitudes, some of whom claim that he could NOT be the Messiah because they knew where Jesus had come from.  Jesus continues His bold claims that He was sent directly from His father, making himself equal with God.  Others, we see, were astonished by Jesus and believed he WAS the Messiah because of the works and miracles he had been performing.  The Pharisees and chief priests sent officers to arrest Jesus, but his hour had not come … setting things up for the climax of this story tomorrow during the last, and greatest, day of the Feast of Tabernacles.  Note: Herod’s temple complex at the time of Jesus was huge … almost 900 feet square, or 3 football fields wide AND long!!  Just the Court of Women alone could hold up to 6,000 worshipers, the entire complex up to 200,000.

 

 

Observations:  If Jesus knew they wanted to arrest him, why would he teach so openly in the Temple and during such a populated Feast?  What do you think of the reasons for rejecting him as Messiah stated in the passage?  What about the reasons for believing in Jesus as Messiah?  What does it mean ‘no one laid a hand on him because his hour had not yet come.’?

 

Application:  Worship Jesus today, especially in light of the uncertainties of our circumstances.  Remember that He not only holds TIME in his hands … he holds US in his hands!  ‘Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for us.’

 

Prayer:  Express thanks to Jesus for at least one aspect of his life:  perhaps it’s his shrewdness, or his disruptive honesty or the absolute purity and trueness of his identity.  Join other worshipers on the LiveStream @ 10 a.m., or if you are not able to do so, make certain you ask Jesus to show himself real, powerful and compassionate as we navigate through troubled times.

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Day 18 (March 14), John 7:1-24

John 7:1-24

Context:  Jesus continues his ministry in Galilee until the Feast of Booths (also known as Shelters or Tabernacles), which is typically in late September or early October.  It’s a week-long festival where Jewish people remembered their flight from slavery in Egypt and, specifically, God’s provision for them while they wandered in the desert.  The Jews would erect booths, tents or other kinds of temporary shelters to live in during this festival week.  Jesus’ brothers tell him to go to the Feast in Jerusalem, but for all the wrong reasons.  Jesus rejects their prodding, yet arrives three days into the Feast and in secret.  This doesn’t last long, however, and soon the Jews pick up the debate and trial-like examination of Jesus that we saw in chapters 5 and 6, centered primarily on the claim that Jesus ‘broke the Sabbath’ by healing a man at the Pools of Bethesda.    

Observations:  Why do you think Jesus’ brothers wanted him to go to the Feast of Tabernacles?  What do you think of Jesus’ response?  Note that the Jews allowed for an infant to be circumcised on the Sabbath (if it was the 8th day post birth), yet they were indignant and offended Jesus healed the entire body of a man on the Sabbath.  Jesus claims, ‘None of you keep the law.  Why do you seek to kill me?’  How do you think that was received?  He also states, ‘My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.  If anyone is willing to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or if I speak on my own authority.’  How was that received?

Application:  Consider areas in your life where your religious or spiritual practices might actually be blinding you to the real ‘work of God.’  Ask God to reveal it, then turn from it and ask Him to breath fresh life into you.  Is there an area of obedience to Christ and the Scriptures you are rejecting, ignoring or refusing to wrestle with?  Do the same!!

Prayer:  Ask Jesus to make you holy, conformed to His image.  Confession, repentance and restoration are wonderful expressions of that!!  Ask the Holy Spirit to bring a loving and truthful conviction of these things in the entire Evergreen Body!

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