Jesus Teaches at the Festival
Yesterday here on The Message we heard about the non-belief of the Lord’s biological brothers— Joses, Simon, Judas [not Iscariot] and James— They believed in Jesus only after he died and resurrected back to life
They urge him to go to the Festival of Tabernacles— he declined saying, his time has not fully come— he went anyway but not upon the urging of his brother—
Before we continue to see what happened afterwards, here’s the quick review of the principles we learned from it
GOD’S TIME IS ON TIME
I WILL NOT FEAR TO TESTIFY AGAINST EVIL
Now, let’s continue with the story— open you Bible on John 7:14-24— once you get there, type Amen!
14 Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. 15 The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?” 16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?” 20 “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?” 21 Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. 22 Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. 23 Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath? 24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
WHAT: Supernatural knowledge of Jesus
WHEN: Festival of Tabernacles [7 days | Tisri— Sept to Oct | | Tents]— to commemorate their ancestor’s exile from slavery in Egypt
WHERE: Temple Courts
WHO: Jesus and Jewish audience
WHY: To teach
HOW: Do the will of God
HE WHO SEEKS THE GLORY OF THE ONE WHO SENT ME IS A MAN OF TRUTH
Greek Doxa— a visible sign of greatness.
MOSES GAVE YOU CIRCUMCISION
Let me take you back to the first book of the Bible to better understand what circumcision is all about— it’s a covenant God instructed Abram— Abraham — to circumcise every 8 days old male
Although we still circumcise most of our boy to this day, that is no longer the covenant— Jesus said, this is the new covenant— LUKE 22:19-20
STOP JUDGING BY MERE APPEARANCES
Do not outright pass judgment based only on what you see!
SEEK HIS GLORY
DO NOT JUDGE ONLY BASED ON WHAT YOU SEE