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Jun 23, 2011

Iron Girls ~ John 7 Notes

"To Everything There is a Season"
Verses 1 – 9
V. 8 “…for My time has not yet fully come.”
  • Jesus knows the times and seasons of His ministry.
  • You simply cannot rush Your destiny and God’s ordained timing.

Verses 10 – 18
V. 14 “Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught.”
  • Jesus walked in His purpose no matter what. He never rushed and never lagged behind.  Always on time.

V. 18 “He who speaks of himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.”

  • Jesus speaks of the Father just as the Holy Spirit speaks of the Son. 
  • God the Father introduced the Son to us. 
  • The Son points us back to the Father and the Holy Spirit testifies of the WORD, Jesus Christ.

Verses 19 – 24
“…are you angry with me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath?”
Jesus is the fulfillment of the Sabbath. Mark records Jesus’ words, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath” Mark 2:27 – 28.
It is in Him that we “enter that {Sabbath} rest” Hebrews 4:11.
The Pharisees could not see what was under their noses. Under the government of the Roman Empire, they were afraid of anyone coming along who might knock them from their place of power. 

They could not fathom that this man, Jesus from Nazareth, was the Messiah of the prophecy. They feared Him because of His following. If the thousands who believed on Him were to revolt against the status quo and try to make him their leader (earthly kingdom), who had the most to lose? The Pharisees and the Saducees. 
They did not have the ears to hear the true message of Christ the Messiah. Their pride, stubbornness and religiosity stopped their ears and hardened their hearts.

V. 19 Jesus asks, “Why do you seek to kill Me?”
V. 20 “The people answered and said, ‘You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?’”
V. 26 “But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?” 
However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.’” 

In verse 28, Jesus speaks to both crowds, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.’”

Those who spoke did not really know from where Jesus came. The testimony of John is that Jesus is the Word made flesh.

Verses 32 – 39
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

From my footnotes: Each day during the Feast of Tabernacles a joyous celebration was observed in which the priests brought water (symbolic of the water supplied from the rock in Ex. 17) to the temple from the pool of Siloam in a golden pitcher. During the procession the people recited Is. 12:3,“Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”

The water was poured out on the altar as an offering to God, while the people shouted and sang. Jesus was the fulfillment of all that the ceremony typified. “…For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”

Jesus reveals to those who will hear Who He is. He continually draws upon the word (for us what is the OT) in order to testify of Himself. In Him the Old Testament is fulfilled.
My teacher, from many years ago (who was Egyptian), taught us in our Survey of the Old Testament class that the New Testament is hidden in the Old Testament and the Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament.

And for a final quick notation: In verse 50 we see Nicodemus whom Jesus called a teacher of Israel. At our first introduction, he came by night and now here we see him in the light of day standing for the cause of Christ. 

 Rest in His timing and carry on!

1 comment:

  1. Jesus was a head scratch to them then and to us still.
    it will take a lifetime and then all eternity to understand
    His love and wisdom.

    thank you for the excellent teaching!