{4} BIBLE: John Chapter 7 – Headline “The Feast of Tabernacles”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

John 7

What should I learn from this chapter?

  • The importance of the Feast of Tabernacles.

Jesus’ Brothers Disbelieve

John 7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the (ruling authorities) Jews sought to kill Him.
 John 7:Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand.

The Feast of Tabernacles is one of three annual feast days which all Jewish adult males were required to attend.

  • “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.” Deuteronomy 16:16
  • Personal Application: Let us not appear before the Lord empty handed. When we pray let us offer our thanksgiving and praise. At the end, when all things are completed let us offer our good works. Not for salvation, because salvation only comes by faith, but for our path in becoming more Christ-like.

  • Many Christians today believe the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles signifies a time when God will be dwelling with men during the millennium in the future. The angels called Jesus “Immanuel” at His birth meaning “God dwells with man”.
  • Ironically, at this event, Jesus (God Immanuel) is indeed “dwelling with man” then and also in the future.
    • Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (which translated means “God with Us”, like the Feast of Tabernacles)
    • Isaiah 8:8 He will pass through Judah, He will overflow and pass over, He will reach up to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings (influence) will fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel.
    • Zechariah 2:10 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord.
    • Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Like the Feast of Tabernacles)
    • Zechariah 2:10 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord.
John 7:His brothers (Joseph and Mary’s biological sons) therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing.
John 7:For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.”
John 7:For even His brothers did not believe in Him.
John 7:Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.
  • What does that mean: “your time is always ready”? The door is always open to the unbeliever.
John 7:The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.
John 7:You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.”
John 7:When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee.

The Heavenly Scholar

John 7:10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast (of Tabernacles), not openly, but as it were in secret.
John 7:11 Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, “Where is He?”
John 7:12 And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.”
John 7:13 However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews (Jewish leaders).
John 7:14 Now about the middle of the feast (of Tabernacles) Jesus went up into the temple and taught.
  • The feast lasted 7 days. The middle of the feast would occur on the 4th day.
  • See Topic: the Mimic Messiah – There is a pattern of Satan doing that which Jesus does but in a perverse way: Jesus is the branch (Isaiah 4:2) but Satan is the abominable branch (Isaiah 14:19), Jesus is the good Shepherd (John 10:11) but Satan is the worthless shepherd (Zechariah 11:17). In this case, since the feast lasts seven days, it is in the middle of the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles that Jesus appears to declare He is the Son of God. In the middle of Daniel’s “week” the Antichrist will appear to declare that it is he who is man’s god. (Daniel 9:27)
John 7:15 And the Jews (Jewish scholars) marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”
John 7:16 (So) Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
John 7:17 If anyone wills to do His (God’s) will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I (Jesus) speak on My own authority.
John 7:18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.
John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?”
John 7:20 The people answered and said, “You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?”
John 7:21 Jesus answered and said to them, “I did (only) one work, and you all marvel.
John 7:22 Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you (are willing to) circumcise a man on the Sabbath.
John 7:23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the Law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath?
John 7:24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

Could This Be the Christ?

John 7:25 Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to kill?
John 7:26 But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?
John 7:27 However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ (the looked for Savior, the Messiah) comes, no one knows where He is from.”
John 7:28 Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.
John 7:29 But I know Him (the Father God), for I am from Him, and He sent Me.”
John 7:30 Therefore they sought to take Him (Have him killed, after denying it); but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.
John 7:31 And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?”

Jesus and the Religious Leaders

John 7:32 The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him.
John 7:33 Then Jesus said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me.
John 7:34 You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I AM you cannot come.”
John 7:35 Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where does He intend to go that we shall not find Him? Does He intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?
John 7:36 What is this thing that He said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?”

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

John 7:37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
  • On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles there is a water ceremony in which the priests parade with pitchers of water. The Feast was given to celebrate the coming Messiah and Jesus uses it to teach about Himself as their Messiah by crying out that He is the living water.

You can lead a man to “the Living Water” but you can’t make him think.

  • The last day is the 7th of 7, similar to the seals, trumpets, and bowls in Revelation each one being the 7th of 7 resulting in a trinity of 7s.
  • At the culmination of the 7s in Revelation, Jesus returns to earth to set up His kingdom, signified by the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles when God dwells with men.
John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
  • It is an appropriate way for Jesus to introduce Himself through the Jewish Feasts God gave to Moses. The feasts were prophetic of their coming Messiah, which Jesus was…and is today.
  • Jesus is declaring “I AM your feast”.
  • Scripture mentions both bread and water as something spiritual:
    • John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
    • Revelation 7:17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
    • Isaiah 55:1 An Invitation to Abundant Life – “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price.
    • John 6:35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
John 7:39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those (would be) believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (crucified and risen from the dead with a glorified body).
  • Living water is the Holy Spirit delivering eternal life to those who believe.

Who Is He?

John 7:40 Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is THE Prophet.”

A Prophet Like Moses

John 7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ.”
But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee?
John 7:42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”
John 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of Him.
John 7:44 Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

Rejected by the Authorities

John 7:45 Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?”
John 7:46 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”
John 7:47 Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived?
John 7:48 Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?
John 7:49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.”
John 7:50 Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them,
John 7:51 “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?”
John 7:52 They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.”

    An Adulteress Faces the Light of the World

    John 7:53 And everyone went to his own house.

    The leaders have something planned that will put Jesus in a predicament of blackmail that puts His mother in danger. Will He be able to escape? See John Chapter 8

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