Scripture: John 7:1-9; Matthew 8:18-22; Luke 9:51-62; John 7:10-31

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus’ Brothers Ridicule Him

John 7:1-9 (KJV) 1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for He would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill Him.  Now the Jew’s feast of tabernacles was at hand.  His brethren therefore said unto Him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that Thy disciples also may see the works that Thou doest.  For there is no man that doeth anything in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If Thou do these things, shew Thyself to the world.  For neither did His brethren believe in Him.  Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready.  The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.  Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for My time is not yet full come.  When He had said these words unto them, He abode still in Galilee.

Questions:

1. Who sought to kill Jesus (John 7:1)?

2. What did Jesus say to His brethren (John 7:7)?

Answers:

1. The Jews sought to kill Jesus.

2. Jesus said to the brethren, “The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof (it does) are evil.”

Jesus Teaches About The Cost Of Following Him

Matthew 8:18-22 (KJV) 18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave commandment to depart unto the other side.  19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto Him, Master, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest.  20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.  21 And another of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.  22 But Jesus said unto Him, Follow Me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Luke 9:51-62 (KJV) 51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that He should be received up, He stedfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 And sent messengers before His face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for Him.  53 And they did not receive Him, because His face was as though He would go to Jerusalem.  54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt Thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?  55 But He turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.  56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.  57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto Him, Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever thou goest.  58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.  59 And He said unto another, Follow Me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.  60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.  61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow Thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.  62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Questions:

1. Where did Jesus determine to go (Luke 9:51)?

2. Who did not receive Jesus and why (Luke 9:52-53)?

3. What did Jesus’ disciples, James and John, offer to do (Luke 9:54)?

4. How did Jesus respond (Luke 9:55)?

5. What did Jesus say about Himself (Luke 9:56)?

6. What did Jesus say (Matthew 8:20; Luke 9:58)?

7. How did Jesus respond to those who gave excuses to delay their departure to follow Him (Luke 9:62)?

Answers:

1. Jesus determine to go to Jerusalem.

2. The Samaritans didn’t receive Jesus because Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem.

3. Jesus’ disciples, James and John, offer to call down fire to consume the Samaritans.

4. Jesus rebuked James and John.

5. Jesus said about Himself, “For the Son of man didn’t come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”

6. Jesus said that though foxes have holes and birds have nests, He, the Son of man had no place to lay His head.

7. Jesus respond, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Or as the NIV says “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Jesus Teaches Openly At The Temple

John 7:10-31 (KJV) 10 But when His brethren were gone up, then went He also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.  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.  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.  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.  25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this He, whom they seek to kill?  26 But, lo, He speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?  27 Howbeit we know this man whence He is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence He is.  28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as He taught, saying, Ye both know Me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of Myself, but He that sent me is true, whom ye know not.  29 But I know Him: for I am from Him, and He hath sent Me.  30 Then they sought to take Him: but no man laid hands on Him, because His hour was not yet come.  31 And many of the people believed on Him, and said, When Christ cometh, will He do more miracles than these which this man hath done?

Questions:

1. When the Jews marveled at how knowledgeable Jesus was what did Jesus say (John 7:16)?

2. According to Jesus how can we know His doctrine is from God (John 7:17)? 

3. What did Jesus say about the One who sent Him (John 7:28-29)?

4. How did some react to Jesus (John 7:31)?

Answers:

1. Jesus said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me.”

2. Jesus said, “If any man will do His (God’s) will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.”

3. Jesus said,  “Yes, you know Me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on My own authority, but He who sent Me is true. You do not know Him, 29 but I know Him because I am from Him and He sent Me.”

4. Some believed on Jesus.  They put their faith in Jesus.

HEAR the WORD

John 7:3-5 His brethren therefore said unto Him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that Thy disciples also may see the works that Thou doest.  For there is no man that doeth anything in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If Thou do these things, shew Thyself to the world.  For neither did His brethren believe in Him. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.   My Bible notes: Jesus’ brothers had a difficult time believing in Him.  For several years they were embarrassed by Jesus.  Are you having a difficult time believing? Doubt is not the same as unbelief.  Just keep reading God’s Word. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Luke 9:56 “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Don’t miss the opportunity to believe in God’s Son.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

And tell as many people as you can of how they too can believe in Jesus.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, thank You for sending Your Son to save us (Luke 9:56).  Lord, I pray we will follow You and make no excuses to delay following You.  I pray we will not look back to our old life (Luke 9:62).  Lord, I pray we will study Your Word and learn to live by it (John 7:28-29). Lord, I pray we and our loved ones will indeed put our faith in Your Son, Jesus.  In His Name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I put our faith in Jesus and encourage others to do so too.” <>< Dona