John 7:45-52 The Jewish leader’s intentions…

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A Word in your ear

John 7:45-52 The Jewish leader’s intentions…

45 The guards came back to the head cohanim (priest), and the P’rushim, (Pharisees), who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” 

46 The guards replied, “No one ever spoke the way this man speaks!” 

47 “You mean you’ve been taken in as well?” the P’rushim (Pharisees) retorted. 48 “Has any of the authorities trusted him? Or any of the P’rushim? (Pharisees?) No! 49 True, these ‘am-ha’aretz, (mobs), do, but they know nothing about the Torah, (law), they are under a curse!”

50 Nakdimon, (Nicodemus), the man who had gone to Yeshua (Jesus), before and was one of them, said to them, 51 “Our Torah (law), doesn’t condemn a man — does it? — until after hearing from him and finding out what he’s doing.” 

52 They replied, “You aren’t from the Galil too, are you? Study the Tanakh, (Scriptures), and see for yourself that no prophet comes from the Galil! (Galilee!)” 

53 Then they all left each one to his own home.  (Complete Jewish Bible).

—-Summary

The Jewish leaders even tried to intimidate their own temple guards.

A council member, Nicodemus, came to their rescue, which mitigated the disobedience of the temple guards. 

Notice that Nicodemus had nothing to do with the conspiracy or the religious leaders, and he even helped Josephus collect Jesus’ body from the cross.

An added note in the (Complete Jewish Bible), is that 7:53–8:11 is not in the earliest manuscripts. Scholars agree that it is a true story about Yeshua (Jesus) but one that was added by one of John’s talmidim (disciples). In fact, if anything, this shows that others knew John’s gospel to be true and were witnesses to what even went on in the Jewish council chamber – maybe Nicodemus himself! 

  • Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 7:46 

The guards replied, “No one ever spoke the way this man speaks!” 

(Cf. the centurion at the cross; ‘surely this man was the Son of God.’ Mark)

  • Today’s Challenge

Apart from Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, the religious leaders had no discernment whatsoever. In fact, Nicodemus points out here that they were the ones trying to condemn Jesus, (v.50). 

But both these temple guards and the Roman soldiers noticed that Jesus was different. The book of Acts tells us that there were soldiers who even became disciples. 

Titles are of no consequence in the Kingdom of God… It is all a matter of the heart. (Matthew 7:21-22 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ ”.) 

The book of Acts tells us that Jewish leaders noted that the disciples had no learning, but they noted they had been with Jesus! And here we see the ones with all the learning were the ones with no faith. The common denominator between the unlearned disciples and the learned Nicodemus was their faith in Jesus. 

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.’)
  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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