John Lesson 7 Day 3
6. The Jewish leaders began to persecute Jesus.
Holding his mat, the healed man stood reverently with the other worshipers in the inner court of the temple for the first time in 38 years. The outermost area of the temple was called the court of the Gentiles because anyone could enter there. The sick and the poor gathered in the outer court seeking help (Acts 3:11, 5:12, 15). (Source)
The Jewish religious leaders saw him, questioned him, and threw a fit because Jesus healed a disabled man on the Sabbath. And He ordered the man to sin by saying, “pick up your bed and start walking.”
The Pharisees asked the formerly disabled man, “Who told you to pick up your bed?” because “Inciting others to break the law (as they understood it) was worse than breaking it oneself. There they launched a campaign against Jesus which was not relaxed until his death some eighteen months later.” (Bruce)
The Jewish leaders “multiplied and registered most minutely the things which constitute labour [on the Sabbath] (Ellicott’s Commentary)” According to Leviticus 23:3, if a person is attending a holy assembly instead of plowing a field, for example, they are observing the Sabbath.
Clearly, the Pharisees were more focused on and concerned about their traditions than they were with people’s needs. They also denied this amazing testimony of an instantaneous and miraculous healing.
Jesus defended Himself by saying, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”
When they learned Jesus was behind this miracle and called God His Father, “the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.” NLT
I wonder why they didn’t question Jesus’ statement that “My Father is always working,” since Genesis 2:2 says, “On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.”
7. a. “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” John 5:17
Jesus didn’t try to convince the Jewish leaders that He wasn’t really working on the Sabbath. Instead, He boldly said He and His Father God are always working.
On another Sabbath, Matthew 12:10-13, the Pharisees were looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus.
The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?”
And he answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would. And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”
Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.”
God rested from creation on the seventh day as a sign for man. He and His Son never stop working.
b. Our Heavenly Father is the Waymaker.
I’m hearing in my spirit a line from the lyrics of The Waymaker. “[I] never stop working.”
God, like a good parent, doesn’t ignore the needs of His children one day each week.
8. Jesus is Equal with God.
The Son can do nothing by himself [of His own accord (NIV and ESV)]
He does only what he sees the Father doing.
The Father loves the Son so He shows him what He is doing.
John 5:21, 24-26
The Son and the Father God raise the dead and give them life.
The Father and the Son are both self-existent.
John 5:22, 27-30
The Father judges no one, but has given all authority and power to execute judgment into the hands of Jesus, His Son.
All the dead will hear His voice and come out of their tombs. Some will receive new life and the evil will be raised for judgment.
The Son has no desire to do what is pleasing to Himself. His only aim and purpose is to do the will and pleasure of the Father who sent Him
The Son will be honored equally with the Father. Anyone who dishonors the Son, dishonors the Father.
9. Worship Father God, Son and Holy Spirit as One.
They are co-equal and act as One.
My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 7 Day 3 ~ John 5:16-30