John 7 Features Jesus Return To Galilee And Then To Jerusalem

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John 7: John 7 features Jesus ' return to Galilee and then to Jerusalem, following his adventures abroad in Chapter 6. In that chapter, the disciples were focused on heavily in the narrative – they will not be mentioned in this chapter. Instead, the focused is placed upon Jesus ' role in the world of Judea. The concept of Jesus ' hour features heavily in this chapter, as he is to be arrested twice, neither of them being successful attempts on account that it was not his time. Jesus ' identity is a primary theme in this chapters, as well as the highlighting of the racism of the Pharisees (we will also see a return of Nicodemus).
7:1-24
This section immediately lets us know both Jesus ' setting (Galilee) as well as his rationale for avoiding
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Anytime the location of Jesus ' origins comes into question, we have to turn back to his encounter with Nicodemus in John 3. Jesus is from the Father – his perspective is a heavenly one. When the Judeans, who conflict with Jesus, in this section question where he is from, then we can conclude that they are not from the Father. John has consistently presented the Judeans as those who do not understand Jesus (which will be made explicit, once again, in v.35-36). Jesus ' conclusion is that they do not understand him, not because he speaks with difficult words and confusing metaphors, but because they are not from the Father, and he is (7:28-29). As Jesus sees it, there is very little knowledge of the Father amongst those who are supposed to be his …show more content…
Here, we can identify that the Judeans are still having issues identifying the role of Jesus in their society. Considering the claim of Davidic connection being necessary for the Messiah (7:42), it is interesting that those from Judah, David’s kingdom, have the most trouble identifying Jesus ' role. V.43 includes the fourth mention of violence against Jesus, as well as the return of Nicodemus. In this case, Nicodemus, while not aligning himself with the most affronted Pharisees, makes a small point regarding giving Jesus a fair trial. He does not vouch for Jesus, thus I believe his stand could have been stronger. Nevertheless, he does provoke the racist response given in

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