John 7:25-44 Meet the Messiah!

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  • Prayer and Praise.

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A WORD IN YOUR EAR

John 7:25-44 Meet the Messiah!

(Complete Jewish Bible).

25 Some of the Yerushalayim people, (Jerusalem people), said, “Isn’t this the man they’re out to kill?  

It had become common knowledge that some wanted to kill Jesus. 

26 Yet here he is, speaking openly; and they don’t say anything to him. It couldn’t be, could it, that the authorities have actually concluded he’s the Messiah? 

So they worked out that then begged the question as to why the leaders didn’t arrest Jesus. 

27 Surely not — we know where this man comes from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he comes from.” (*see notes below.)

28 Whereupon Yeshua, (Jesus), continuing to teach in the Temple courts, cried out, “Indeed you do know me! And you know where I’m from! And I have not come on my own! The One who sent me is real. But him you don’t know! 29 I do know him, because I am with him, and he sent me!”

Jesus knew their thoughts which all counted against them. In spite of claiming they knew Him, they only thought they did – because they dismissed Him! If they had known all the prophecies, they would have known that Isaiah 11:1  does say that the Messiah will be called a Nazarene (ie Galilee), and Isaiah 9:1-2, says that He would bring spiritual light to Galilee. So they didn’t know Jesus at all – because He had been born in Bethlehem just as prophecied in Micah 5:2. Jesus didn’t even bother to correct them! He just moved on!

30 At this, they tried to arrest him; but no one laid a hand on him; because his time had not yet come. 

Their reaction was instant. 

31 However, many in the crowd put their trust in him and said, “When the Messiah comes, will he do more miracles than this man has done?”

But many Jews did put their trust in Him. The miracles they saw Jesus do, was all the proof they needed. 

32 The P’rushim (Pharisees)  heard the crowd whispering these things about Yeshua (Jesus); so the head cohanim (priests) and the P’rushim (Pharisees) sent some of the Temple guards to arrest him. 

When the people started believing in Jesus, they decided to arrest Jesus, because by believing in Jesus the people were no longer believing the Pharisee’s own narrative. 

33 Yeshua (Jesus) said, “I will be with you only a little while longer; then I will go away to the One who sent me. 34 You will look for me and not find me; indeed, where I am, you cannot come.” 

Jesus knew His time on earth was short. Jesus’ disciples couldn’t follow where He was going, as He was to die, then preach in Sheol to those who died in Noah’s flood, then be resurrected and live for 50 days on earth before returning to His Father. 

35 The Judeans said to themselves, “Where is this man about to go, that we won’t find him? Does he intend to go to the Greek Diaspora and teach the Greek-speaking Jews? 36 And when he says, ‘You will look for me and not find me; indeed, where I am, you cannot come’ — what does he mean?”

Jesus’ followers did not understand.

37 Now on the last day of the festival, *see notes (called Hoshana Rabbah )*, Yeshua (Jesus), stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! 

On the last day of the feast, Jesus addressed the crowd. 

Priests brought water from the Pool of Siloam to the temple on the last day. They did so to remember the Exodus, recited in 17:1-7, whilst reciting Psalm 118:25. God provided water for 2 million or more Israelites a day in the desert.

38 Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” 39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who trusted in him were to receive later — the Spirit had not yet been given, because Yeshua (Jesus) had not yet been glorified.)

Jesus says that in the same way, a spring of never-ending spiritual water is available through Him; John 4:10-13. That spring is the Holy Spirit.

40 On hearing his words, some people in the crowd said, “Surely this man is ‘the prophet’”; 41a. Others said, “This is the Messiah.” 

The people were divided on who Jesus was. Because the public were turning to Jesus, the leaders wanted to kill Him. 

41b. But others said, “How can the Messiah come from the Galil? (Galilee?). 

42 Doesn’t the Tanakh, (scripture), say that the Messiah is from the seed of David and comes from Beit-Lechem, (Bethlehem), the village where David lived?” *

43 So the people were divided because of him. 

44 Some wanted to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him.

—-Summary

The leaders had to find another way on another day to arrest Jesus.

*  Notes… 

v. 27 This leader didn’t even know that the Scripture said the prophet would come from Bethlehem, but the leader in verse 42 did know.

v.37. When did this happen? Hoshana Rabbah. (The Complete Jewish Bible provides extra information that the name of the last day of this very long feast is called Hoshana Rabbah. This means that it was between late September and late October, in the Western calendar.) This event was a historical event and is still celebrated today. Wikipedia says this about it, “Hoshana Rabbah is the seventh day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the 21st day of the month of Tishrei. This day is marked by a special synagogue service, the “Hoshana Rabbah”, in which seven circuits are made by the worshippers with their lulav and etrog, while the congregation recites Hoshanot. It is customary for the scrolls of the Torah to be removed from the ark during this procession. In a few communities, a shofar is sounded after each circuit”. Source:- Wikipedia Hoshana_RabbahToday’s Verse… Regarding; ‘Who is Jesus?’ 

John 7:38 Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!”

  • Today’s Challenge

John 7:39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who trusted in him were to receive later — the Spirit had not yet been given, because Yeshua (Jesus) had not yet been glorified.)

Acts 2:38 tells us that the Holy Spirit became available to those who repented and have been immersed. Ask and you will receive. (Luke 11:9).

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’ The news you can use – for prayer.)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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