Summary: A study of the Gospel of John 7: 1 – 24
John 7: 1 – 24
Dark Cloud Ministry
1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him. 2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. 4 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.” 5 For even His brothers did not believe in Him. 6 Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.” 9 When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee. 10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 11 Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, “Where is He?” 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.” 13 However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews. 14 Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. 15 And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?” 16 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. 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. 19 Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?” 20 The people answered and said, “You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?” 21 Jesus answered and said to them, “I did one work, and you all marvel. 22 Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 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? 24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
Almost from the start of His Ministry The Lord Jesus was aware of the plan to kill Him. We read back in chapter 2 verses 23 to 25 this, “23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.”
Please notice again the statement that our Lord ‘knew what was in man’. He knew not to trust men due to the underlying evil that sin has caused all mankind. In fact even His own family was against Him. He cared for them and they did not hold the same feelings toward Him.
Now you might be thinking that I speak to harshly about our Lord’s family. Really? We will read shortly how the religious men in Jerusalem were planning to kill our Lord Jesus. They had also made the pronouncement that anyone associated with our Lord had the penalty of being excommunicated from the nation of Israel. These facts were known all around Israel but we will see shortly how our Lord’s half brothers were pushing Him to go there anyway.
In this chapter it will be stressed that the threat of death was now hanging over Him continually. It is indeed a main theme of the first part of the chapter. Thus He is going forward from this point on ever aware of the cloud hanging over Him. Perhaps He could give His Ministry the name –‘Dark Cloud Ministries.
For your thoughts and understanding we need to be reminded that we see a jump in the years of our Lord Jesus’ ministry from the beginning years to now towards the end of His earthly time.
1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.