. Make a Donation

Index Page
Contact
About The Author
Sermons
Bible Quiz
Holy Day Calendar
Free Online Bibles
Bible Reading Plan

Question? Quick Search the thousands of Bible studies on this website.
Just type in topic word(s) or a question.

Tuesday, May 17 2016

John 7: Why Was The South A Dangerous Place?

"Jesus walked in Galilee because the Jews of Judea sought to kill Him"

The religious authorities of Judaism (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) were concentrated in Judea, particularly in Jerusalem. As such, the Messiah (who was a Jew as much as the religious authorities were i.e. "the Jews sought to kill Him" could have been more accurately translated as "some of the other Jews sought to kill Him") spent much of the time of His Ministry in the north, in Galilee (see The Prophet Of The Lake) and Samaria (see The Messiah And The Samaritan Woman). The Messiah was always in the greatest danger in the south (see The Night Of The Messiah And The Lynch Mob).

Judea

"7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. 7:2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. 7:3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 7:4 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. 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.

7:6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. 7:8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. 7:9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

7:10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 7:11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?

7:12 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. 7:13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews." (John 7:1-13 KJV)

The Messiah observed the Feast of Tabernacles (see the Fact Finder question below), and all of the other true Messianic Holy Days (see Leviticus 23: The True Christian Holy Days), because they were about Him, not those who made the observances into something else that thereafter failed to recognize Who and what they were actually about (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).

"7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 7:18 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. 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

7:20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?

7:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel. 7:22 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. 7:23 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? 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." (John 7:14-24 KJV)

The original Temple in Jerusalem was built in the time of King Solomon (as shown in the city map; see A History Of Jerusalem: The Temple Of The LORD). By the time of the Messiah's coming, the original temple had been destroyed in 586 BC, rebuilt 70 years later (see A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah) and then greatly expanded by the Roman dictator Herod the Great (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty) in the time of the Messiah - Who spent many hours there, right from the time of His birth when John the Baptist's father served there as a priest (see The Messiah's Levitical Birth and What Did John The Baptist's Father Do At The Temple?).

The Temple

"7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 7:26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.

7:28 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. 7:29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.

7:30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 7:31 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?

7:32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.

7:33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. 7:34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? 7:36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.

7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him. 7:44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him." (John 7:25-44 KJV)

Nicodemus was a Pharisee who became a believer and follower of the Messiah while most of the other Pharisees did not - yet (among them was Saul, who later became the apostle Paul; see Paul's Blindness Lesson).

It was to Nicodemus that the famous "born again" and "John 3:16" teachings were given by the Messiah (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). Nicodemus was one of the two courageous men who claimed the Messiah's Body off the Cross and placed it in the Tomb (see Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand). Nicodemus was not only fearless, but feared by the other Pharisees - Nicodemus spoke in defense of the Messiah while among "the officers and the chief priests and Pharisees" who were then conspiring to commit murder of the Messiah and of Lazarus (see Who Else Did They Want To Kill At Passover?).

"7:45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?

7:46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.

7:47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? 7:48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? 7:49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.

7:50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) 7:51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?

7:52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. 7:53 And every man went unto his own house." (John 7:45-53 KJV)

Fact Finder: After the Messiah's return, will everyone, everywhere on Earth, observe the Feast of Tabernacles?
See The Christian Feast Of Tabernacles In History and Prophecy


Book

Book

Book

Bible Quiz Daily Bible Study Library
Thousands of Studies!

Jesus Christ
Bible History
Prophecy
Christian Living
Encouragement
Eternal Life
By The Book
Bible Places
Curiosities
The Spirit World
Book

Book

Book


This Day In History, May 17

218: The 7th recorded perihelion (the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun) passage of Halley's Comet (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens? and The Christian Universe).

395: Upon the death of Emperor Theodosius I, the Roman Empire was no longer ruled by a single leader. Theodosius had divided the empire into western and eastern portions, thereby creating the prophesied "two legs" of the prophecy given to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image).

1377: Pope Gregory XI restored the papacy to Rome from Avignon, France, where it had resided for 72 years. It had been moved there by French Pope Clement V in 1305, to escape the political turmoil in Italy at the time (see The Struggle For The Papacy and The Little Big Horn; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

Captain James Cook 1521: Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham, was executed for treason.

1562: The Edict of St. Germain permitted the Huguenots (Protestants) in France.

1590: Anne of Denmark was crowned Queen of Scotland.

1620: The first merry-go-round at a fair, in Philippapolis, Turkey.

1756: Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War.

1773: The Resolution, under Captain James Cook, became the first ship to enter Antarctic waters.

1805: Muhammad Ali became the Governor of Egypt.

1808: Napoleon I of France (Napoleon Bonaparte) ordered the annexation of the Papal States into the French Empire.

1809: The Papal States were annexed by France.

1814: Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden.

1902: Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovered the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.

1912: Captain Robert Scott's expedition reached the South Pole, a month after Roald Amundsen of Norway.

1939: The Nazi government in Germany prohibited Jews from working as dentists, veterinarians and chemists (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Why Does Satan Love Liars?).

1940: Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium and began the invasion of France (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1945: The Soviet Red Army liberated and occupied Warsaw, Poland, from German forces.

1966: A U.S. B-52 bomber collided in mid-air with a refuelling tanker over Spain. 8 people were killed, and the bomber released its H-bomb into the Atlantic.

1987: At the time when Iraq was regarded as a U.S. ally (primarily because Iraq was at war with Iran), an Iraqi fighter jet "accidentally" fired a missile that struck the USS Stark. Although 37 U.S. sailors were killed, the U.S. declared it to be an incident of "friendly fire" from an ally.

1990: "Enlightened leaders" of the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric diseases.

2004: Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize homosexual "marriage" (see also Iniquity In History And Prophecy).


.


.

.


.


editionDBSx201702et

Copyright © Wayne Blank