Day 40 (Thurs, Sept 18, 2014)

Jesus Teaching in the Temple

43 total verses: John 7:11-53

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

128. People afraid to speak publicly of Jesus in John 7:11-13
129. Jesus in the temple mid-feast in John 7:14-15
130. Jesus says some seek to kill him in John 7:16-19
131. Defense for healing on Sabbath in John 7:20-24
132. Jesus cries out in the temple in John 7:25-30
133. Multitudes amazed at Signs in John 7:31
134. Pharisees seek to seize Jesus in John 7:32-36
135. Last day of Feast in John 7:37
136. Rivers of living water in John 7:37-39
137. Division among the people in John 7:40-44
138. Pharisees question officers in John 7:45-47
139. Judgment of Nicodemus in John 7:48-53

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

John 7:11-13. The religious leaders wanted to squelch any support of Jesus, and everybody was wondering where he was during the feast.

John 7:14-15. Jesus arrived during the middle of the feast, and went into the Temple and began to teach. The religious leaders were surprised at the depth of his teaching, because he had never studied formally.

John 7:16-19. Jesus tells them that he is teaching under the authority of God himself, and that he always sought to give God the glory rather than getting glory for himself.

John 7:20-24. Jesus tells the people that it is lawful to get circumcised on the Sabbath, surely it should be lawful to heal someone on the Sabbath.

John 7:25-30. People were conflicted over Jesus. Some said that because they knew where Jesus came from, he could not be the Christ. But Jesus told them that he came from God.

John 7:31. And other people argued that when the Christ comes, could he do more miracles than Jesus had done?

John 7:32-36. While the Pharisees sent officers to arrest Jesus, Jesus told the crowd that he was going soon, and they would not be able to find him. Which caused them to talk among themselves about where he would go.

John 7:37. On the last day of the feast, Jesus said that anyone who is thirsty should come to him and drink.

John 7:37-39. Jesus continued the idea and said that those who believe in him would having living water flowing from within them. He was speaking about the Holy Spirit.

John 7:40-44. The words that Jesus had just spoken caused many to believe that he really was the Christ. But others clung to their original reasoning that people would not know where the real Christ came from.

John 7:45-47. The officers that were sent to arrest Jesus came back without him. They explained to the Pharisees that they had never heard anyone speak like Jesus. Which made the Pharisees mad!

John 7:48-53. Nicodemus, who was one of them but had come to talk with Jesus earlier, tried to defend Jesus to them. But they, too, used the argument that the Christ does not come from Galilee.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

I have two passages that have spoken to me through the years, and it was very hard to pick. I will choose John 7:18. But just so you know, the other is John 7:37-38 (about living water flowing from believers). John 7:18 says “He who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him” (NIV). The reason I like this so much is that I want to be a man of truth, and this tells me how to become that person. And like many other things in the Christian faith, you do it indirectly. That is, instead of beating my will into submission, I instead focus my heart. If my heart is right, my will indeed will come in line. What my heart needs to do is to choose to love, esteem, and honor Jesus. If He can become my all in all, as I want Him to be, then there will be nothing false about be.

As I often tell others, in order to be able to love Jesus like that and honor Him as I want, it is necessary to tackle this with another indirect approach. We cannot love as we desire to love until we really deeply understand how much God loves us (Ephesians 3:19). So we need to try to walk with God and ask Him to reveal that to us more clearly every day. You might think of different bosses you have. Some scare you into performing, but others you want to perform well for, because they seem to genuinely care for you. I prefer the latter, to be sure.

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