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Dave Burnette's Commentary

John Chapter 7 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (85-90 AD)
Overview: Eternal Life is in Jesus-Christ Alone (c 1-21)
Theme:  Message & Ministry of Jesus Christ, The Son of God (c 2-12)
Message: Jesus Teaches at the Temple (v 1-71)

John 7 Commentary

(7:1-9) Jesus' Brothers Ridicule Him - From this chapter forward, John shows Jesus as the suffering Messiah—suffering the unbelief of his own family, the divided opinions of the crowd, and the persecution of the Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem. By portraying Jesus’ rejection, John provided his first readers and us with a realistic picture of the costs of being a disciple. Those who followed did so knowingly and willingly. John encourages us to believe, to stand firm, and to resist being like those who opposed and doubted Jesus while he lived on earth.

(7:10-31) Jesus Teaches Openly at the Temple - Throughout this chapter John highlights the various opinions the Jews had about Jesus. Before Jesus appeared at the festival, opinions about him were swirling through the visiting crowd. Some of these Jews may have seen Jesus’ miracles or heard him teach; others may have only heard of what he had done both in Jerusalem and in Galilee. That particular year, Jesus was the hot topic of conversation during the Festival of Shelters. Meanwhile, Jesus was leaving Galilee for the last time. Events were moving rapidly toward “his time,” and he would have no further opportunities to travel back to the area where he had spent his childhood. This visit marked the third appearance of Jesus in Jerusalem during his ministry (2:13; 5:1).

(7:32-52) Religious Leaders Attempt to Arrest Jesus - Nicodemus tactfully confronted the Pharisees with their failure to keep their own laws. The Pharisees were losing ground—the Temple guards came back impressed by Jesus (7:46), and one of the Pharisees’ own, Nicodemus, was defending him. With their hypocritical motives being exposed and their prestige slowly eroding, the Pharisees renewed their efforts to protect themselves. Pride would interfere with their ability to reason, and soon they would become obsessed with getting rid of Jesus just to save face. What was good and right no longer mattered.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Do You Follow the One True Religion?

  Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of John with Chapter 7. In our text today we see Jesus encountering conflict with the religious leaders while He continues to preach the Good News. Now religion is mans attempt to please or appease God while Jesus continues to explain that He is the true Religion, pure and undefiled. Jesus goes on to explain that He is the only way to Heaven and in this text explains Himself as the Water of life. How about you? Do you see that Jesus is the only way? Let us learn from our text today and the Words of Jesus to see that their is only one true religion, only one way to have your sins forgiven, and only one way to Heaven which is through the water of life, Jesus-Christ.


John 7

John 7

 1After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.

 2Now the Jew's feast of tabernacles was at hand.

 3His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.

 4For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.

 5For neither did his brethren believe in him.

 6Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.

 7The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

 8Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come.

 9When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

 10But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

 11Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?

 12And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.

 13Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.

 14Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

 15And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

 16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

 17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

 18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

 19Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

 20The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?

 21Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel.

 22Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.

 23If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?

 24Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

 25Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?

 26But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?

 27Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.

 28Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.

 29But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.

 30Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.

 31And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?

 32The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.

 33Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me.

 34Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

 35Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?

 36What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

 37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

 38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

 39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

 40Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.

 41Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

 42Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

 43So there was a division among the people because of him.

 44And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.

 45Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?

 46The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.

 47Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?

 48Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?

 49But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.

 50Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)

 51Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?

 52They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

 53And every man went unto his own house.