|Love Lesson 18: by turtle
John 7:1-10 KJV
1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.
3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.
5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.
9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.
10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
Christ brethren encouraged him to go up to the feast. Christ reaction is quite interesting here. He makes it clear His time is not yet. Simple fact if you are
a political leader or one seeking power you would want to go and make as many public appearances as possible. His brethren doubted who Jesus is.
How often the world says when Christ appears then I will believe until then I continue to live as I want to. The world often seeks wonders and signs.
Christ makes it clear is time is not yet. What He is referring to is His death. Jews sought to kill Jesus. It was not time for Him to die, He had much more
work to do. I wonder if the brethren wished to turn Christ in to those who wish to kill Him. Often time people will use religious people for profit. God is a
free gift not something you can buy, sell or profit from in a financial sense though many in the world tries.
Christ later follows them to the feast but he does not go with them. He wasn’t going to be a public spectacle. The crowd begins to wonder where Jesus
is. He is keeping such a low profile they do not realize he is among them.
11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?
12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.
13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.
14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
There was different opinions floating out there to who Jesus is. People still ask who is Jesus. They did not ask openly for fear of the Jews. Jesus then
went to the temple and began to teach.
15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
The Jews began to marvel because Christ had no formal education. How can He read they wonder. Jesus response is quite clear. His doctrine is not His
own but the one that sent Him. God the Father sent Jesus. Jesus sought to glorify God. He sought to do His Father’s will.
You can not seek to honor or glorify yourself if you seek to glorify God. It is not about you but about Jesus. When you testify do you seek to tell what
you did or what God did for you? Christ is making it clear who He serves. Now He questions who they serve?
19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?
20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel.
22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.
23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every
whit whole on the sabbath day?
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
The Jews desires to kill Jesus In the Jews ten commandments “thou shall not kill” Yet they sought to kill Jesus. If Jews seek to kill but yet God clearly
states they are not to kill who do they follow? Is their heart desire of God? Christ continues to point out their hypocrisy. He talks about when he healed
on the Sabbath and yet they make sure they obey the law and circumcise an infant on the Sabbath breaking the law not to work themselves.
The Jews did not judge fairly according to the law. They justified what they did but when someone else did a good deed they criticized and wished to kill,
which was causing them to break their own law. Today we do the same thing. “It is okay if I do it but don’t’ you dare do it.”
Simple fact is you can not use God however you want. If we are to glorify God then we need to be consistent in what we do. We need not to use him for
what we can get or to justify ourselves. We need to check ourselves and see if our motives are of God or of ourselves. Do we say we love everyone but
then snub that person in the street that stinks to high heaven. Are we like the little boy that hits his brother and then when the brother hits him back runs
and tells mommy and daddy my brother hit me. Do we get jealous because someone sang in church and tear that person apart but when we sing off key
we expect everyone to still enjoy it? We as humans have our short comings. We all have some hypocrisy in us. We need to ask God to remover our
hypocrisy and help us to realize what is of God and what is not.