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T4T YHN Chapter 7

YHN 7 ©

Jesus rejected his younger brothers’ suggestion that he go immediately to Jerusalem.

John 7:1-9

7After those things happened, Jesus went around in Galilee province. He did not want to travel in Judea province, because he knew that the Jewish leaders there were wanting to kill him. 2But when the time of the Jewish celebration called ‘Celebration of Living in Shelters’ was near, 3Jesus’ younger brothers said to him, “Since many people here have left you, you should leave and go to Judea province and perform some miracles there, so that your disciples may see them! 4No one who wants to become famous does things secretly. You say you are doing these miracles, so do some miracles there so that everyone [MTY] can see them!” 5They said this critically, because even though they were his own younger brothers, they did not believe he was from God. 6So Jesus said to them, “It is not yet time for me [MTY] to go to the celebration. For you, any time is right to go to the celebration. 7The people [MTY] who do not believe in me/do not belong to God► cannot hate you, but they hate me because I tell them that what they are doing is evil. 8You (pl) go ahead to the celebration. I am not going up to Jerusalem to the celebration yet, because now is not the right time for me to go.” 9After he said that, Jesus stayed a little longer in Galilee.

Jesus went to the celebration.

John 7:10-13

10However, a few days after his younger brothers left to go up to the celebration, he went also. He went, along with us disciples, but no others went with us. 11At the celebration, the Jewish leaders were looking for him. They were asking people, “Has Jesus come?” 12Among the crowds, many people were whispering about Jesus. Some were saying, “He is a good man!” But others were saying instead, “No! He is deceiving the crowds!” 13But no one was speaking so that others could hear them, because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders [SYN].

After Jesus taught people, the Jewish leaders wanted to arrest him, but many others believed he was the Messiah.

John 7:14-36

14In the middle of the days of the celebration, Jesus went to the Temple courtyard and began to teach people. 15The Jewish elders were amazed at what he was saying. They said, “This man never studied in one of our religious schools! So how can he have learned so much about Scripture?/it is difficult for us to believe that he has learned so much about Scripture!► [RHQ]16Jesus replied to them, “What I teach does not come from myself. It comes from God, the one who sent me. 17Those who choose to do what God wants will find out whether what I teach comes from God or whether I am speaking with only my own authority. 18Those who speak with only their own authority do that only so that others will honor them. But I am doing things so that others will honor the one who sent me, and I am someone who speaks the truth. I never lie. 19Think about the laws that Moses gave you [RHQ]. None of you completely obeys those laws. So why are you trying to kill me, saying I do not obey the laws concerning the Sabbath/the Jewish day of rest►?”

20Someone in the crowd answered, “By saying this you show that you are crazy (OR, A demon is controlling you)! Certainly no one is trying to kill you!” 21Jesus replied to them, “Because I did a miracle of healing someone on the Sabbath/on the Jewish rest day►, you are all shocked. 22Moses gave you a law that you must circumcise the male children and that you must do that exactly seven days after they are born. Actually, it was your ancestors, Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, not Moses, who started that ritual. But because of that law, you sometimes circumcise them on the Sabbath/on the Jewish rest day►, but that is working, too 23You sometimes circumcise boys on the Sabbath/on the Jewish rest day► so that the law of Moses is not disobeyed {you do not disobey the law of Moses}, so it is ridiculous that you are angry with me, saying I worked on the Sabbath/on the Jewish rest day► by healing a man!/why are you angry with me, saying I worked on the Sabbath/on the Jewish rest day► by healing a man?► [RHQ] Healing someone is far more helpful than circumcising a baby boy! 24Stop deciding whether my healing this man is wrong according to what you see! Instead, decide according to what is really the right action to help people”!

25Some of the people from Jerusalem were saying, “This is the man that they are trying to kill!/Isn’t this the man that they are trying to kill?► [RHQ] 26He is saying these things publicly/in front of many people►, but our Jewish rulers are not saying anything to oppose him. Is that because they have decided that he is truly the Messiah/God’s chosen king►? 27But he cannot be the Messiah, because we know where this man came from. When the Messiah really comes, no one will know where he comes from.”

28They said that because they thought Jesus was born in Nazareth. So while Jesus was teaching people in the Temple courtyard, he shouted, “Yes, you say that you know me, and you think you know [IRO] where I am from. But I have come here not because I appointed myself/with my own authority►. Instead, God is the one who truly sent me. You do not know him. 29But I know him, because I have come from him. He is the one who sent me!”

30Then they tried to seize him because he said that he had come from God. But no one put their hands on him to do that, because it was not yet the time [MTY] for him to die. 31But many of the crowd believed that he had come from God. They said, “When the Messiah comes, he certainly will not do more miracles than this man has done, will he?” 32The Pharisees heard them whispering these things about him. So they and the chief priests sent some Temple guards to seize him.

33Then Jesus said, “I will be with you for only a short time. Then I will return to the one who sent me. 34Then you will search for me, but you will not find me. And you will not be able to come to the place where I am.” 35So the Jewish leaders [SYN] said to themselves, “Where is this man about to go with the result that we will not be able to find him? Some Jewish people have dispersed and live among Greek people. He is not intending to go and live among them and teach them, is he? 36When he said ‘You will search for me, but you will not be able to find me,’ and when he said ‘You will not be able to come to the place where I am,’ what did he mean?”

Many people were divided after Jesus said that the Spirit would produce eternal life within those who come to him.

John 7:37-53

37On each of the seven days of the celebration, the high priest poured out some water on the altar in the Temple to remember how God provided water for the people in the desolate area long ago. But the water he poured did not help anyone who was thirsty. So on the last day of the festival, which was the most important day, Jesus stood up in the Temple courtyard and said with a loud voice, “Those who are thirsty should come to me to drink what I will give them. 38Just like the Scriptures teach, streams of water shall flow out from within those who believe in me, and that water will cause them to live eternally.” 39When Jesus said that, he was referring to God’s Spirit, whom those who believed in Jesus would receive later. Up to that time God had not sent the Spirit to live within believers, because Jesus had not yet died and returned to his glorious home in heaven, from where he would send the Spirit.

40When some of the crowd heard those words, they said, “Surely this man is the prophet whom God promised to send who would be like Moses!” 41Others said, “He is the Messiah!” But others, thinking Jesus was born in Galilee, said, “The Messiah will not come from Galilee province, will he? 42Did a prophet not write in the Scriptures that the Messiah will come from King David’s family, and be born in Bethlehem, where King David lived?/It is written in the Scriptures that the Messiah will come from King David’s family, and be born in Bethlehem, where King David lived!► [RHQ]43So the people were divided because of what they thought about Jesus. 44Some people wanted to seize him, but no one tried to do that.

45So the Temple guards returned to the chief priests and the Pharisees, the ones who had sent them to arrest Jesus. They said to the guards, “Why did you not seize him and bring him here?” 46They replied, “No one ever spoke such amazing things as this man does!” 47Then the Pharisees replied, “Have you been deceived {Has he deceived you}, too? 48None of our rulers nor any of us Pharisees have believed that is the Messiah!/he came from God!>/Have any of our Jewish rulers or any of us Pharisees believed that is the Messiah?/he came from God?>► [RHQ] 49Not one! But, on the contrary, some of this crowd have believed in him. They do not know the true teachings of our laws! They will go to hell for listening to him!”

50Then Nicodemus spoke. He was the one who earlier went to Jesus at night. He was also a member of the Jewish council. He said to the rest of the Council members, 51We have not listened to what he says to find out what he is doing. It is not permitted in our Jewish law [PRS] for us to say, before questioning someone, that we must punish him!/Is it permitted in our Jewish law [PRS] for us to say, before questioning someone, that we must punish him?► [RHQ]52They replied to him, “Are you another disgusting person from Galilee?/You talk like another disgusting person from Galilee!► [RHQ] Read what is written in the Scriptures You will find that no prophet comes from Galilee province, like he does!” 53[Then they all left and went to their own homes.

YHN 7 ©