The Gospel of John IV - Lesson 5

                  Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles                                     John 7:1-53                                      (Continued)

  1. JESUS IN THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM (John 7:14-53) (Continued)
    1. His Closing Message in the Temple (John 7:37-53)
      1. Invitation to the water (John 7:37-39)
        1. Prophecy concerning water (Isaiah 55:1-4)
        2. Preaching concerning water (John 7:37; John 4:10, 13-14; John 6:35; Revelation 21:6)
        3. Offer of living water (John 7:38)
          1. Note: living water is a phrase that can refer to a spring because the spring flows up from the earth on its own and does not have to be drawn as water is drawn from a well.
          2. From Jerusalem (Psalm 46:4-5; Ezekiel 47:1; Joel 3:18; Zechariah 14:8)
          3. From the heart (Psalm 1:3; Isaiah 58:11; John 4:10-11)
        4. Source of the living water (John 7:39)
          1. The sending of the Father (Jeremiah 2:13; Jeremiah 17:13)
          2. The indwelling of the Spirit (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:9-13; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:13-14)
        5. Note: Our life in the Spirit
          1. Three men
            1. The thirsty man – lost (John 7:37)
            2. The quenched man – saved (John 7:37-38)
            3. The overflowing man (John 7:38; John 10:10)
          2. History of Spirit relationship
            1. With you (John 14:16-17)
            2. In you (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
            3. Filling you (Ephesians 5:18-21)
          3. The work of the Spirit in us
            1. We live in the Spirit (Romans 8:5-13; Galatians 5:25).
            2. We walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-24; Romans 8:1-4).
            3. We are led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:18).
      2. Division among the people (John 7:40-44; John 9:16; John 10:19)
        1. Cause of the division (John 7:40-42)
          1. The question of identity (John 7:40-41a)
          2. The question of origin (John 7:41b-42)
        2. Results of the division (John 7:43-44)
          1. Separation (John 7:43; Genesis 1:4, 14; Luke 12:51-53)
          2. Hatred (John 7:44a; John 15:18-20)
          3. Fear (John 7:44b)
      3. Division among the rulers (John 7:45-53)
        1. The officers (John 7:45-46)
          1. They did not bring Him (John 7:45).
          2. They testified of Him – “Never man spake like this man.” (see Matthew 7:29; Luke 4:22).
        2. Note: How to preach like Jesus
          1. Preach the Word (Mark 2:2).
          2. Preach with authority (Matthew 7:28-29).
          3. Preach with boldness (Matthew 10:27; see Acts 4:31).
          4. Preach with urgency (Luke 4:43; see 1 Corinthians 9:16).
          5. Preach with plainness (Mark 12:37; John 16:29).
          6. Preach with compassion (Matthew 4:23; Mark 6:34).
          7. Preach with God’s anointing (Luke 4:16-19; see 1 Samuel 10:26).
        3. The Pharisees (John 7:47-49)
          1. Argument by ridicule (John 7:47)
          2. Argument by position (John 7:48)
          3. Argument by scholarship (John 7:49)
        4. Nicodemus (John 7:50-53)
          1. A call for fairness (John 7:50-51); according to their law
          2. Opposed by ignorance (John 7:52-53)
            1. They dismissed Christ because He was from Galilee (John 7:52; cp. John 1:46).
            2. They dismissed the council and went home (John 7:53).

                  Jesus as the Light of the World                                   John 8:1-59

  1. A SINFUL WOMAN FINDS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (John 8:1-11)
    1. The Continued Ministry of Christ (John 8:1-2)
      1. Prayer (John 8:1; Luke 21:37-38; Luke 22:39-40)
      2. Teaching (John 8: 2; 1 Timothy 3:2)
    2. The Vicious Plot of the Pharisees (John 8:3-6)
      1. Their accusation of the woman (John 8:3-4; Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 2:1-3, 21-22)
      2. Their reference to the law (John 8:5; Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22); Note: both the man and the woman were to be put to death.
      3. Their tempting of Christ (John 8:5-6; Matthew 22:15)
    3. The Quiet Dispersion of the Pharisees (John 8:7-9)
      1. The challenge of the Saviour (John 8:7-8; see Deuteronomy 17:6-7)
      2. The writing on the ground (John 8:8)
        1. What did He write?
          1. The Bible does not say.
          2. But perhaps it was the portions of the law that condemned both the woman and the man to be put to death for adultery. The man was not brought to Jesus.
        2. Scripture references to writing by God
          1. The two tables of testimony (Exodus 31:18; Deuteronomy 9:10)
          2. The writing on the wall (Daniel 5:5)
          3. The writing of Jesus on the ground (John 8:8)
        3. The finger of God
          1. Identified as the Spirit of God (cp. Luke 11:20 with Matthew 12:28)
          2. Delivers the word (Exodus 31:18)
          3. Convicts the sinner (John 8:6-9)
          4. Imparts life (Exodus 8:19)
          5. Defeats the devil (Luke 11:14-26)
      3. The conviction of the accusers (John 8:9)
        1. God reveals to man’s conscience that there is a personal God (Romans 1:18-20)
          1. Who in great power created the universe
          2. Who should be obeyed
        2. Man’s conscience reveals that there is a right and a wrong.
          1. This conscience is possessed by all men (John 8:9).
          2. This conscience tells man that it is his duty to do the right thing (Romans 2:13-15).
        3. Man’s conscience is not always a dependable indicator of what is right.
          1. It can be weak (1 Corinthians 8:7).
          2. It can be defiled (Titus 1:15).
          3. It can be seared; that is, burned to the point that it has not feeling (1 Timothy 4:2).
          4. Only God’s word is infallible (Psalm 119:9).
        4. The righteous can develop their conscience so that it provides spiritual guidance in this life.
          1. It can be exercised by the application of the word to our lives (Hebrews 5:12-14).
          2. It can be kept sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit by exercising ourselves to keep it void of offense (Acts 23:1; Acts 24:16; Romans 13:5; 1 Timothy 1:5, 19; 1 Timothy 3:9).
          3. As such, it becomes a tool by which the Holy Ghost bears witness to the actions of our life (Romans 9:1).
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 20:23

Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.