A Blogged Bible Study entry for John 7:
Jesus said hard things. Some things were very difficult to understand.
“Whoever acknowledges Me before people, I will acknowledge before My Father in heaven. But whoever denies Me before people, I will deny him also before My Father in heaven. Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword.” ~Matthew 10:32,3
Jesus said some very hard things. Some things we don’t want to understand.
“For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.
“Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.” ~Matthew 10:34-39
These are, perhaps, too difficult for some to understand.
So, what’s happening in John 7?
Some people are beginning to get it. The Pharisees are understanding what Jesus is proclaiming — He is One with the Father — and they are ready to kill Him (v.1). Of course, His hour has not come (v.6). The plan of God will be done in His time…as He has purposed (v.8). Jesus remains out of reach of the Jewish leaders schemes while He continues to teach (v.30). He has gone to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths) (vs.2,10).
Jesus is divisive (v.43). He is not warm and fuzzy (v.7). He tells it like it is (vs.33-34). He raises His voice (vs.37-38). He is God and knows all things (v.29). Jesus speaks the Father’s words which are true (vs.16-18).
The people talk amongst themselves:
“He is a good man.” (v.12)
“No,…He leads the people astray.” (v.12 He’s a liar.)
“This certainly is the Prophet.” (v.40 He’s a prophet.)
“This is the Christ” (v.41 He’s the Messiah.)
“Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.” (v.46 He’s a great teacher.)
The Jewish leaders hear them and come to their own conclusions:
“No one of the rulers or Pharisees has believed Him, has he? But this crowd which does not know the Law is accursed.” (vs.48-49 Only the uneducated fall for Him.)
“Our Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?” (v.52 He needs to be evaluated.)
Jesus’ own brothers didn’t believe in Him (v.5).
He brought a sword and not peace among men. We must decide who He is, based upon what He said about Himself. All of our arguments are nothing new. They were being said while He walked the earth.
Jesus brings division. The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword. He cuts through, dividing the soul and the spirit. He knows our innermost thoughts and the attitudes of our hearts.
He judges (divides) with a righteous judgment (vs.18,24).
Have you judged Him correctly?