Course D: The Gospel of John
Lesson 8 – Jesus Teaches at the Feast of Tabernacles
John 7 约翰福音第七章
Getting Started – In the previous chapter we noted how Jesus had been in Galilee for Passover (March-April). The Bread of Life discussion had taken place in the village of Capernaum in Galilee, which was now serving as Jesus’ ministry headquarters. John begins chapter 7 simply by saying, “After this.” He then describes Jesus’ activity until the time of the Feast of Tabernacles, which took place in September-October after the grape harvest. It commemorated how God guided his people through the wilderness and provided them with refreshment, a picture of the perfect spiritual refreshment that would come from the Messiah. At the time of this celebration, the resistance to Jesus as the Christ was building among the Jewish leadership. The following Passover (April-May) of the next year would mark the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus Goes to the Feast of Tabernacles 7:1-13
- Why was Jesus staying in Galilee for an extended period of time?
- Compare the rejection of Jesus mentioned in 7:1 to that mentioned by John in 4:44, 1:10,11, and 7:5. How would you divide that rejection into four different kinds?
- Why would his brothers find it so difficult to believe in Jesus?)
- Why does Jesus say at this point that the world “cannot hate” his natural brothers? (See John 2:12-15.)
- What does verse 13 show us about the Jewish leadership?
Jesus Teaches at the Feast 7:14-24
[Note: verse 15 – The studying they were talking about would have been the schools for rabbis run by the Jerusalem leadership. They were actually saying, “He didn’t study with us and learn it our way.”]
- It was common practice in Jesus’ day for the Bible scholars to quote the ideas of other rabbis. They expected Jesus to do the same. How was he different?
- What is the significance of verse 17 in your personal spiritual life?
- What kind of expressions did Jesus often use to emphasize that he was not quoting other rabbis but was getting his teachings directly from the Father? (He used one such expression repeatedly in John 6.)
- What evidence do you find in this chapter that Jesus’ claim at the end of verse 19 is correct?
- Which statement in verse 19 is an important truth for all people to remember?
- What miracle is Jesus talking about in verse 21?
- Put into your own words the point Jesus makes in verses 21-24.
Is Jesus the Christ? 7:25-44
- What false idea concerning the Messiah was present among the people in Jesus’ day according to verse 27?
- What does Jesus mean by the different uses of “know” in verses 28-29?
- Explain Jesus’ words in verses 33-35 and what his enemies thought he meant.
- Look once again at the statement about “refreshment” in the Getting Started paragraph on page 1 on this lesson. What did Jesus therefore mean by what he said in verses 37 and 38?
- What did John mean about Jesus being “glorified” in verse 39? (See John 13:31-33.)
- John’s words in verses 41-42 seem to imply that his readers would have known about Jesus coming from Bethlehem and David’s family. How would they have known that?
Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders 7:45-52
- There would have been quite a difference in the spiritual training between the temple guards and the spiritual leaders (chief priests and Pharisees). How is the reaction of these two groups to Jesus just the opposite of what we might expect?
- How much does the Gospel of John tell us about Nicodemus?
- The following passages show that the “experts” were wrong in verse 52: 2 Kings 14:25; 1 Kings 17:1; Nahum 1:1. How were the “experts” wrong?
下面的经节让我们看到那些“专家”在52节中是如何的犯错误的：列王记下 14：25；列王记上17：1；那鸿书1：1 。那些“专家”错在哪里？
- What lessons for your personal ministry do you find in this chapter?