John Lesson 11 Day 4
8. a. The chief priests and Pharisees try to arrest Jesus.
Some of the Jerusalem people were saying, “Isn’t this the Man they seek to kill? And here He is speaking openly, and they say nothing to Him! Can it be possible that the rulers have discovered and know that this is truly the Christ?”
Others said, “No, we know where this Man comes from’ when the Christ arrives, no one is to know from what place He comes.” John 7:27 ESV
At that moment, Jesus “called out” or “cried out.” Scholars say the Greek word used here conveys that Jesus “lifted up his voice in such a way as to cause wide astonishment…The trumpet peal sounded through the courts of the temple, and the crowds rushed in the direction from which it proceeded.” (Pulpit Commentary)
Jesus knew what they were saying about Him and abruptly disrupted whatever else was going on at the time saying,
“Do you know Me, and do you know where I am from? I have not come on My own authority and of My own accord and as self-appointed, but the One Who sent Me is true (real, genuine, steadfast); and Him you do not know!” John 7:28 AMP
“I know Him [Myself] because I come from His [very] presence, and it was He [personally] Who sent Me.” John 7:29 AMP
The Pharisees took offense. I can imagine they thought, “How dare you! Who do you think you are?”
With that ‘announcement,’ Jesus reminded everyone present who He was and is and who sent Him.
He pointed out that they had only a superficial knowledge—where he was born—his family—his hometown—his [lack of] education—his ministry in Galilee.
The Jerusalem multitudes were suffering grievously from the superstitious limitations of their own faith, from the traditions, the symbolism, the letter, the form, which had well nigh strangled, suffocated, the underlying truths. They had in many ways lost the God whose great Name they honoured. They failed to apprehend his awful (great, magnificent, wonderful) nearness to them, his love to every man, his compassion to the world, the demand of his righteousness, the condition of seeing him, the way to his rest – “Him ye know not.” This was a serious rebuke of the entire system which prevailed at Jerusalem. Not understanding nor knowing the Father, they were unable to see the possibility of his having sent to them, through the life and lips of a Man whom they knew, his last and greatest message. (Pulpit Commentary)
The Pharisees were looking for a way to arrest Jesus, “but not a hand was laid on him because it wasn’t yet God’s time.” John 7:30 (MSG)
“Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, ‘When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?'” John 7:31 ESV (emphasis added)
b. I can dwell in peace, confident in this knowledge—
If I am squarely in the center of my Father’s will, he will protect me until my mission is complete.
This question brought Paul’s words in Philippians 1:6 to mind.
“I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].” (AMP)
Paul referred to their (and our) journey to spiritual maturity, but Jesus sees us through it all.
9. a. John 7:34 You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come. (ESV)
This is the opposite of several verses that say if you seek you will find.
“If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him, as your soul’s first necessity], He will let you find Him; but if you abandon (turn away from) Him, He will abandon (turn away from) you.” 2 Chronicles 15:2b (AMP)
In the literal context, this is true of Jesus’ physical death, resurrection, and return to heaven.
b. The response
The Jewish leaders said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him?”
They speculate, “Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?
Then they question, “What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”
“The nation as a whole was blinded; they crucified their King, the Lord of glory; and they brought uttermost extinction on themselves as a nation. “They sought their Messiah in vain” (Weiss). Where I am – in the glory in which I dwell, and to which I belong, and to which I am now inviting you – you cannot come. “The door will be shut;” you will not “have known the day of your visitation.” “How often would I have gathered you, but ye would not!” The seeking cannot be the search of penitence, but of unavailing despair. You have the opportunity now. In a little while I go, and then you will find it impossible to follow me.” (Pulpit Commentary)
(Pulpit Commentary predates the restoration of the nation of Israel in 1948. As a nation, they still reject Jesus as their Messiah.)
“People will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from border to border
searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.” Amos 8:12 (NLT) (Italics added)
Jesus’ words apply to anyone who does not believe he is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the only way to eternal life.
10. Jesus said many things that even his disciples could not understand.
Many of his followers left because of something he said. (see John 6:60-71)
The Jewish leaders who spent their lives studying scripture talked to the Son of God, the Messiah face to face on many occasions, and they did not believe. In fact the opposite. He was accused of having a demon and they were so enraged at his words that they wanted to kill him and eventually succeeded.
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
When we don’t understand, we must trust in the Lord with all our hearts instead of depending on our own limited understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6
The Pharisees depended on their own education instead of pondering things in their hearts like Mary. (Luke 2:19)
The knowledge of the divine plan was hidden [from the human understanding] and later revealed to us [the believers] by God—”[that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence].” from 1 Corinthians 2:7 AMPC
In John 14:15-31, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit of Truth. He says, “the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. . . . On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” John 14:20 NIV
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:27 NIV
The Holy Spirit has come, and we can ask for help.
My answers to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 11 Day 4 John 7:25-36