THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
LESSON FIFTEEN


I.  
 John 7:1-9
     1.   After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
     2.   Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.
     3.   His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the
           works that thou doest.
     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.
     5.   For neither did his brethren believe in him.
     6.   Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
     7.   The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
     8.   Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.
     9.   When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

Verse 1
     
[A]  After these things - After what things
             [1]  Whenever one sees these words, one had to wonder after what things.
             [2]  What John is referring to, is after the event that we looked at in chapter six, the event when Jesus told
                     his disciples he was the bread of life and unless one eats his flesh which it the bread, and drinks his
                     blood they will not be allowed into heaven .Those statements confused many of his followers and
                     most of them left him, all that remained were the twelve.
     
     [B]  Jesus walked in Galilee
             [1]  Galilee was one of the provinces of Israel during the time of the Roman occupation.
             [2]  If you remember from our previous studies, Galilee and Judaea was separated by Samaria.
             [3]  It was in Galilee, the place of Jesus home town that he remained at the time.
     
     [C]  For he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
             [1]  What was he speaking of when he mentions Jewry?
                     [a] What John is referring to here is Judaea,
                     [b]  Judea is where the name Jew originated
             [2]  Does this mean that there were no Jews in Galilee?
                     [1]  This does not mean that at all, instead it is only referring to Judaea
             [3]  Jesus did not return to Judaea because there, the scribes, Pharisees along with the priest wanted to put    
                     Jesus to death.
Verse 2
     [A]   The Feast of the Tabernacles - also known as the feast of booths
             [1]   The feast of booths began on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, Tishri (early October)
             [2]  The Hebrews observed a seven-day festival in which they dwelled in booths of  tabernacles made from
                     branches to symbolize God’s protection during the times they had only temporary shelters to in which to
                     dwell in the wilderness.  
             [3]  It was observed every year.

Verse 3
     [A]  His brethren who is spoken of here is the brothers of Jesus.
             [1]  They are mentioned in Matthew 13:55-56
                     
Matthew 13:55-56
                     55. Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses,
                           and Simon, and Judas?
                      56. And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
             [2] These were the half-brothers to Jesus, the sons and daughters of his mother and Joseph.
     
     [B]  Apparently his brothers did not believe in him, nor did they follow him. We see this mentioned in verse five.
     
     [C]  Their statements to Jesus were their attempt to mock him
             [1]  IF you really are who you say you are, then certainly you will want to go up to Judaea and perform miracles
                     there, so those who believe in you can see what you do.        

Verse 4
     [A]  Look how they continued to mock him, If you really do these things, show them to the world, so they can see it.
     
     [B]  Question
              [1]  Why do you think the brothers of Jesus did not believe in him?
              [2]  Did they not grow up with him?
              [3]  Did they not have the same Mother?
              [4]  Had they not heard of the great things that Jesus had done?

Verse 6
     [A]  My time is not ready
             [1]  What did Jesus mean by this?
                     [a]  God had a specific time that Jesus was to die as a sacrificed, that time was not yet
             [2]  What is meant by his time?
                     [a]  His time is God‘s time, his perfect time which was laid down before the world was formed.
                     [b]  His time is the perfect time, for if Jesus had been killed too early, it would not have been the right time
                             - God had a time set down and that was his time
     
     [B]  To his brothers he said, Your time is always ready
             [1]  What did he mean by this statement?
                     [a]  They brothers had not certain time set down for them, whether they lived or died, would not alter the
                             fate of one single person - whereas the fate of all mankind rested on the sacrifice of God’s only son

Verse 7
     [A]  The world cannot hate you
             [1]  What did he mean by this?
                     [a]  When on is of the world, the world will not hate it.
                     [b]  The world only hates those who are not of the world
     
     [B]  Then Jesus goes on to tell them why the world hates him
             [1]  Because he shows the world what is wrong.
             [2]  Because he preaches the truth, his truth which is different than the priest preached it.

Verse 8-9
     [A]   Jesus told his brothers to go on ahead to Jerusalem, for his time was not yet upon him.
     
     [B]   Apparently they went on their way and he remained in Galilee for the present.

II.  
John 7:10-13
     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.

Verse 10
     [A]  After his brothers had gone up to the feast, Jesus too went, although he went secretly
     
     [B]  Isn’t it ironic, that the Son of Almighty God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, had to sneak into Jerusalem
             to attend the feast
     
     [C]  One has to wonder,
             [1]  Did he wear a disguise?
             [2]  Did he come in during the night?
             [3]  Did he build himself a tabernacle?
             [4]  Did he have others along with him to help him? Possible his twelve chosen disciples?

Verse 11
     [A]   The Jews sought him at the feast?
             [1]  Were these the same Jews who wanted to kill him? I imagine so
             [2]  Likely there were others who were Jews who just wanted to talk to him, or see him perform a miracle, they
                     too would have been wondering where he was.

Verse 12
     [A]   The people began to murmur among themselves.
             [1]  Some thought he was a good man
             [2]  Some thought he was a liar
     
     [B]  Is it really any different today?
     
     [C]  Are not people still arguing about what Jesus said and about who he was?

Verse 13
     [A]   No man spoke openly about him out of fear of the Jews
             [1]  Again, is this not one of the problems we are facing today. People refusing to speak openly about Jesus for
                     fear of what others will say of do?