John Lesson 11 Day 5

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John Lesson 11 Day 5

John 7:37-52

11. If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. (Based on Isaiah 55:1)

Rivers of living water

“Each day during the Feast of Tabernacles a joyous celebration was observed in which the priests brought water (symbolic of the water supplied from the rock in Exodus 17) to the temple in a golden pitcher. During the procession the people recited Isaiah 12:3. The water was poured out on the altar as an offering to God, while the people shouted and sang. Jesus is the fulfillment of all that the ceremony typified (see 1 Corinthians 10:4).” (footnote on verse John 7:37 in Spirit Filled Life Bible, Thomas Nelson Publisher, copyright 1991)

“But the eighth day was not properly one of the feast days; the people ceased to dwell in the tabernacles on the seventh day. Philo says of it that it was the solemn conclusion, not of that feast alone, but of all the feasts in the year.” (Alford)

“It seems that on the eighth day there was no pouring of water – only prayers for water – to remind them that they came into the Promised Land.” (EnduringWord) Therefore, Jesus’ invitation had more significance.

a. Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit.

Those who put their faith and truth in Jesus would later receive the Holy Spirit after Jesus was glorified.

b. From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.

The Greek is “out of his belly.”

“Tabernacles also looked forward to the prophecies of water flowing from the throne and from Jerusalem where Messiah would be enthroned. Essentially Jesus said, “Put your loving trust in Me, enthrone Me in your heart, and life and abundance will flow out. . . It was not only a blessing received, but also becoming a source of blessing to others.” (Guzik)

It could also include to the gifts of the Spirit Paul lists in 1 Corinthians 12.

c. Unity of purpose

Father sent the Son, and the Son sent the Holy Spirit.

12. a. The people disagree about “who is Jesus?”

Some of the people said—

  • Surely this man is the Prophet.
    (The one referenced in Deuteronomy 18:15. They were correct)
  • He is the the Christ, the Messiah.
    (They were correct.)
  • The Messiah doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? Don’t the Scriptures tell us that the Messiah comes from David’s line and from Bethlehem, David’s village? (NLT)
    (Jesus came from David’s line and was born in Bethlehem.)

Deuteronomy 18:15

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me [Moses] from among you, from your countrymen (brothers, brethren). You shall listen to him. (AMP)

Micah 5:1-2

1″Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops;
a state of siege has been placed against us.
They shall smite the ruler of Israel with a rod (a scepter) on the cheek.

But you, Bethlehem Ephratah,
you are little to be among the clans of Judah;
[yet] out of you shall One come forth for Me
Who is to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth have been from of old,
from ancient days (eternity).

b. Why didn’t they believe?

They knew Jesus’ family came from the region of Galilee, and they did not know he was born in Bethlehem.

The scriptures never predicted that a prophet would rise to prominence from Galilee.

c. Making an incorrect assumption leads me in the wrong direction.

Rely on Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth. It’s harder when I get focused on logic and public opinion.

13. a. Nicodemus Defends Jesus

This was the same man who came to meet with Jesus secretly. He was both a ruler and a Pharisee. Nicodemus appealed to the angry Pharisees by asking, “Does our Law decide a man’s guilt without first listening to him and finding out what he is doing?” (MSG)

The other Pharisees did not treat Jesus fairly. They were angry and offended by him. They didn’t even follow the “book” they were trying to throw at Him.

b. Standing for truth

I’m willing to stand my ground, but I would have to rely on Jesus’ promise in Luke 12:11-12 and the other gospels—

“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say. For at that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say.” Luke 12:11-12

Day 6

14. John 7

Learned:

The gap in John’s gospel between Jesus’ visits to Jerusalem.

The possible reasons Jesus delayed going to Jerusalem.

I feel like I’m actually there following Jesus around, writing an editorial.

Prayer:

Father, show me what you want me to grasp during this study. Show me the truths I’m missing. Lead me into all truth. I want to know you more—and be transformed into your likeness. Amen.


My answers to BSF Bible study fellowship questions on John 7:37-52 ~ John Lesson 11 Day 5