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John 7

May 31, 2008

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

20 thoughts on “John 7”

  1. v.4 Jesus’ brothers criticized him for acting in secret. Jesus really didn’t like attracting attention through his miracles (also v.10).

    I wonder if Jesus’ brothers knew the Jewish leaders were trying to kill Jesus? It would be a bit mean to encourage Jesus to go there if they did.

  2. v.4 Jesus’ brothers criticized him for acting in secret. Jesus really didn’t like attracting attention through his miracles (also v.10).

    I wonder if Jesus’ brothers knew the Jewish leaders were trying to kill Jesus? It would be a bit mean to encourage Jesus to go there if they did.

  3. v.41-42 Jesus never bothers to explain to the Jewish leaders his family history. He was descended from David and was born in Bethlehem.

  4. v.41-42 Jesus never bothers to explain to the Jewish leaders his family history. He was descended from David and was born in Bethlehem.

  5. I’m wondering if they did not know that his life was sought as they did not believe anyway at this point. Even the disciples were unbelieving at first even though all these wonderful things were being done before their eyes.

    I’m looking at this a little differently …

    See the brothers all visiting
    as Jesus had come home to see them. He was the eldest. They were probably encouraging Him to go and be famous for the gifts He had. Maybe not criticising … just not understanding what their big brother was all about yet.

    It is cool that He didn’t flaunt His power. It seemed He didn’t want the celebrity attention. He didn’t want to perform. He only shared His power out of compassion for those in need.

  6. I’m wondering if they did not know that his life was sought as they did not believe anyway at this point. Even the disciples were unbelieving at first even though all these wonderful things were being done before their eyes.

    I’m looking at this a little differently …

    See the brothers all visiting
    as Jesus had come home to see them. He was the eldest. They were probably encouraging Him to go and be famous for the gifts He had. Maybe not criticising … just not understanding what their big brother was all about yet.

    It is cool that He didn’t flaunt His power. It seemed He didn’t want the celebrity attention. He didn’t want to perform. He only shared His power out of compassion for those in need.

  7. vs 23,24
    “If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath?
    “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

    He’s telling us not to judge a book by its cover. To look inside every person to really see what’s there. We often act with preconceived notions and knee jerk reactions before we look deep to ‘discover’ the truth of the matter.

  8. vs 23,24
    “If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath?
    “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

    He’s telling us not to judge a book by its cover. To look inside every person to really see what’s there. We often act with preconceived notions and knee jerk reactions before we look deep to ‘discover’ the truth of the matter.

  9. v.1 looking for a way to kill him
    v.19 “Why are you trying to kill me?”
    v.20 “Who is trying to kill you?”
    v.25 “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill?”
    v.30 no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come

    It was fairly obvious that they were plotting to kill Jesus.

  10. v.1 looking for a way to kill him
    v.19 “Why are you trying to kill me?”
    v.20 “Who is trying to kill you?”
    v.25 “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill?”
    v.30 no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come

    It was fairly obvious that they were plotting to kill Jesus.

  11. v.17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

    First we need to take a step of faith and choose to do the will of God, then God will enable us to know the truth.

  12. v.17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

    First we need to take a step of faith and choose to do the will of God, then God will enable us to know the truth.

  13. v.24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.

    The Jews were so caught up in obeying the letter of the law they had not considered the purpose of the law or why God gave it to them.

  14. v.24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.

    The Jews were so caught up in obeying the letter of the law they had not considered the purpose of the law or why God gave it to them.

  15. v.37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

    The priests would quote the following verses at the festival: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (Isaiah 55:1) and “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).

  16. v.37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

    The priests would quote the following verses at the festival: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (Isaiah 55:1) and “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).

  17. v.48-49 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”

    Actually some of the Pharisees had believed in him, Nicodemus for example. The Pharisees believed they had a monopoly on truth, whereas they were actually blind to the truth.

  18. v.48-49 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”

    Actually some of the Pharisees had believed in him, Nicodemus for example. The Pharisees believed they had a monopoly on truth, whereas they were actually blind to the truth.

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