Rivers of Living Water

The Gospel of John

Officers sent to Arrest Jesus, Rivers of Living Water, Division Among the People

John 7:32–52

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passages of Scripture. Reread them. From memory, determine the central points.

  1. The religious authorities feel threatened by all the attention Jesus is receiving. They send the temple guard to arrest Him and He tells them He is leaving and they will not be able to find Him.
  2. The officers surmise He means He will be going to those Jews who live outside of Palestine, in the broad Roman world. Jesus states again that they (the Jewish leaders) will seek Him but will not be able to find Him.
  3. On the last day of the Feast of Booths, at the time of the final pouring out of water taken from the Pool of Siloam in a golden pitcher, Jesus cries out to the crowd “If anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink.” And once this occurs, “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
  4. John explains, in verse 39, that Jesus is referring to the Spirit which believers would receive at a time after the glorification of Jesus. This points ahead to the resurrection following Jesus’ crucifixion.
  5. Those who heard Jesus speak of the working of the Holy Spirit, were divided among themselves. Some thought He must certainly be the prophet, likely referring to Deuteronomy 18:15–18, where Moses speaks of a “prophet” who is to come. Others said Jesus must be the Christ.
  6. The “prophet” and the “Christ” are really one in the same, Jesus being that prophet Moses spoke of and also the Messiah or Christ. John the Baptist was not this prophet, he was the announcer of the coming of the Messiah. (see Malachi 3:1–4)
  7. Many knew that the Christ was to come from Bethlehem of Judea, but the general understanding was that Jesus was from Galilee and so could not be the Christ. It is interesting that Jesus never attempted an explanation.
  8. Though some wanted Jesus to be arrested, in some mysterious way, they were not able to. Fact is, it was not Jesus’ time to be arrested. That time would come later.
  9. Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin, pointed out to them that Jesus was being condemned improperly. He was not even given a hearing.
  10. Members of the council of Israel belittled Nicodemus and rejected his advise.
  11. Nothing has changed from that day to this. Unless the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of the blind, Jesus will remain hidden and rejected.

Jesus at the Feast of Booths part 2 & Can This Be the Christ?

The Gospel of John

Jesus at the Feast of Booths, part 2 &

Can This Be the Christ?

John 7:14–31

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passages of Scripture. Reread them. From memory, determine the central points.

  1. During the middle of the Feast of Booths, Jesus, alone, arrives in Jerusalem, enters the temple and begins to teach. There is no mention of the Twelve being with Him.
  2. The religious leaders are shocked at the wisdom of this person who has not studied in a rabbinical school.
  3. Jesus’ quickly states that which they are hearing is from the Father, and those who honor the Father would know this.
  4. Jesus states that the leaders do not keep the law of Moses, which law they boost to obey. And why, because they seek to murder Him, which is a violation of Moses’ law.
  5. The leaders are so enraged they accuse Him of being demon possessed. Jesus responds that He did one thing, healed a man on the Sabbath, which the leaders considered a violation of the law. At the same time they themselves work on the Sabbath by circumcising males on the 8th day after their birth.
  6. This exchange is overheard by the crowd, which cause some of them to wonder if indeed Jesus is the Messiah. After all, Jesus is even teaching in the temple, and during the feast of Booths, and the leaders allow this.
  7. These people claim to know where Jesus comes from, and of course, nothing good comes from Nazareth. Yet, at the time of Jesus’ birth, it was known that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem. Did this generation not know this?
  8. As is usually the case, some of those who were at the temple rejected Him, but some believed.

 

The Feast of Booths, John 7:1–13

The Gospel of John

Jesus at the Feast of Booths

John 7:1–13

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passages of Scripture. Reread them. From memory, determine the central points.

 

  1. Feast of Booths, or Tabernacles, one of the three Great Feasts of Israel, like Passover and Pentecost, when all men that were capable were to come to Jerusalem for eighth days. It would have been in late September or early October. It celebrated God’s care for His people while in the wilderness following their escape from Egypt. People constructed little houses of brush or tree limbs. Many Jews do so today.
  2. Already, at this point, and we do not know at what point in Jesus’ public ministry this took place, but He knew about His opposition.
  3. Jesus’ own family members wished, but for reasons that are not clear, wanted their half-brother as they were but likely did not know about the “half” of it, wanted Jesus to show off His miracles in Jerusalem.
  4. Jesus knew that the Kairos, or the timing of God, was not yet.
  5. The “hate” Jesus refers to is generated by fear, the fears associated with guilt, shame, exposure, judgment, and everlasting death, And reasonably so. We have all experienced this to some degree. Here it is now from Jesus and is, when understood properly, the fundamental of all terrors.
  6. Jesus urges His brothers to go up to the Feast, like they had no doubt done many times before; Jesus will not go up with them at that time. It is thought that Jesus considered that such an entrance into the temple to be dangerous.
  7. After His brothers had departed for Jerusalem, Jesus privately made the journey. And indeed, the Jewish leadership was looking for, expecting even, Jesus’ arrival. This indicates that some considerable time had passed in Jesus’ ministry, which is otherwise recorded in the Synoptic Gospels.
  8. There was then, as there is now, much confusion about Jesus. “Much muttering” John the Apostle tells us, was evident in Jerusalem. And this among the citizens and visitors gathered for the Feast of Booths.
  9. “A good man” some said, others that “he is leading the people astray.”
  10. For fear of the religious authorities, no one spoke publicly about Him. We must ask: Is the same true today? Or will such come to be?