Day 27~ John 7-9

Today's reading reminds me that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) and he reminds us of that when he says in 8:58, “..before Abraham was born, I am!”

The verse that stood out to me today was when Jesus was talking to the crowd and said, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgement.” (7:24) Do you know that he said basically the same thing nearly 1000 years earlier?

The Lord said to Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7)

Well, how do we make a right judgement?
A simple answer would be, look at the heart of the matter, have a heart like God’s.

The Pharisees were attending to the letter of the Law rather than the spirit of the Law. Jesus repeatedly, in his teachings tries to direct them (us) back to the Spirit of the Law (like we read in Matthew 5-6, John 2:16, 4:24, the list can go on and on…)

How do we look to the Spirit of the Law and have a heart like God’s?  Ironically, the answer is also in 1 Samuel, “the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart…”(13:14)
Jesus hasn’t changed!  He is still looking at our hearts to see if we are “after his own heart”.

I believe you are after God’s heart since you are reading His word daily and trying to get to know him better. The Holy Spirit will guide you in to understand of what you read and help you see the heart, spirit and intent of God’s word (as we will soon read in John 14:26).

With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, you will be able to “make a right judgement”!


Rapster J said…
I was confused the verse 7:31- Jesus spoke to "the Jews who had believed him" yet then they had an argument about being Abraham's children, etc and ended up trying to stone Him. I guess they didn't really believe Him, obviously? Why would John have described the Jews as those who believed him?
Well, let's review a few things. Chapter 6 we read that some disciples (followers, but not in reference to the select 12) didn't like what Jesus was teaching about eating his flesh. 😝 So, "From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him." (The 12 stayed)
Then in chapter 7 we read "many in the crowd put their faith in him" (vs. 31) but it also says "Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him." (vs.43)
The Jewish leaders couldn't even get the guards to arrest Jesus because they were captivated by his teaching.
So, we are looking at a split group of people. Some did believe, others didn't.
Now we come to 8:31. It is very possible that Jesus is addressing a crowd of believers and non believers. When John writes that Jesus said, "If you hold to me teaching,...." he very well could have been directing that to the believers in the crowd. But, the arguementive response that followed by the others in the crowd clearly shows that they were not truely disciples, wanting to hold to His teachings.
I can't help but think that this group of people were the seeds that fell on the rocky soil, that Jesus talked about in his parable (Luke 8:13). "They received the word with joy when they hear it, but have no root. They believe for a little while, but in time of testing they fall away"
So, Jesus was right in saying to these who confessed to believe, "If you hold to my teaching..."
But they quickly didn't. πŸ˜”
Unknown said…
I loved chapter 8!!! Jesus wrecked their worldπŸ˜‚ It was awesome haha
I absolutely agree with you, Reid, that their world was definilty being rocked if not wrecked.
We, 2000 years later, are used to the idea that Jesus was God and came to the earth to die for us....but them......this was TOTALLY new to them and hard to swallow. BUT, if they were truely God followers in their heart than Jesus statement would be right , "If God were your Father, you would love me,.." (8:42) Since they were proving God was not truely their Father, you are right, Reid, they got "wrecked"!

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