John 7 (ESV)

After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. 2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Booths was at hand. 3 So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. 4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For not even his brothers believed in him. 6 Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After saying this, he remained in Galilee. 10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him. 14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching . . . Continue Reading

I’m enjoying reading through the Gospel of John each day and sharing thoughts on what I’ve read. Since it’s one chapter per day, it doesn’t take much time to read through it. And because I’m sharing how I’ve been impacted by what I’ve read, I retain the information better which helps me reflect on it throughout the day.

John 7:5 says Jesus’ own brothers did not believe in Him. They obviously believed He was a real person but they did not recognize Him as the Christ – YET! (Acts 1:14)

In John 7:15, the Jews marveled that Jesus could teach but had not studied with them. Jesus gets right to the point in a striking statement “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority (John 7:17). Then He says, “Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” (John 7:19). In other words, they should know better because Moses had given them “the law” but they did not recognize Him as the Christ because although they “knew” the law, their motives were to seek their own glory (John 7:18) and not the glory of God.

What’s interesting here is that even though they didn’t recognize Jesus as the Christ, didn’t follow God’s law, were not seeking God’s will or glory, they were dead center in the middle of God’s will without even knowing it!

The chapter closes with John 7:53 cut short. This is because the earliest manuscripts and many other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53 – John 8:11. A few manuscripts include these verses, wholly or in part, after John 7:36, John 21:25, Luke 21:38 or Luke 24:53.