John 7 Features Jesus Return To Galilee And Then To Jerusalem

Better Essays
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
…show more content…
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

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Peter’s stance of necessary circumcision becomes void as he hypocritically avoids those who have gone through it. Paul’s stance is that such a Judaic law is not required and uses Peter’s hypocrisy to undermine whatever authority Peter had on the subject. If readers do recognize Peter as a significant figure, Paul shows them that he cannot be a valid reason for following Judaic laws since he himself lives “like a Gentile and not like a Jew.” Peter may be an apostle, but his behavior not only invalidates his idea of a necessary Judaic law for Christianity, but even strengthens Paul’s case. Paul shows readers that if a high authority such as Peter does not rely on Judaic laws, then they truly…

    • 2034 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Though they do still believe that Jesus was a teacher and earns some attention (Slick). Verse 14 bluntly points out this incarnation with “ the word became flesh.” God had chosen to enter history so that truth, life and harmony may be restored through this incarnation. Some scholars believe that the timing of the incarnation is more important than the message he is to send. He was sent at a time that Israel was unhappy with Roman occupation. It is so important that God choice that time because it was a moment of vulnerability.…

    • 1730 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    If one cannot explain the status of the Son then how can they explain the foundation of the Trinity? Much of the issue lies in the fact that it is hard to describe three aspects of God yet say he is still one. Many early Christian groups focused on the authority of Jesus compared to God focusing on his human aspects creating confusion. The Nicaea counsel took place within the Roman Empire presented the controversy regarding debates about the Son between the Arians and Proto-Orthodoxy. The argument between the Arians and Proto-Orthodoxy is not about the existence of the Trinity, but it focuses on if Jesus was begotten or unbegotton.…

    • 1504 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Faith Reflection

    • 1556 Words
    • 6 Pages

    And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? So even as poorly as we may feel we are a presenting the gospel message; are we not better than not hearing the message at all? The lesson pointed out that biblical faith requires a personal encounter with the living Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:4 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.…

    • 1556 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Judas Iscariot Analysis

    • 1017 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Do Jesus’ words “..It would have been better for that one not to have been born”(Matthew 26:24) convey that he was predestined to play the role of a traitor in Jesus’ journey to the cross? On one level, it can be argued that Jesus’ words express the truth that God chooses people to be disciples of Christ and once they make wrong choices because they have the free will, they end their journeys, metaphorically speaking either, desolate and dry and not healthy and fruitful. I would like to pause here and explore the unanswered question that my peers had about their lack of understanding about knowing the meaning of “flourishing.” Dr. Ray commented his peer insight to be based on a similar question stating “There is no clear sense or agreement of what flourishing…

    • 1017 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The mission of Christ went against Jewish tradition and Roman Law. “A further area of concern for Jesus and the Pharisees emerges in 7:1-23, were the religious leaders show concern for Jesus disregard for their oral traditions”(Kulger/Hartin pg.369). In a contemporary setting if someone publicly goes against the tradition of the masses and the law there are consequences for the…

    • 917 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    About hypocrisy Paul states, " For he is not a Jew, which is one inwardly; neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men but of God." (Rom 2:28-29) One of the main reason that Atheism exists is because we do not act like Christ. They see us acting of the world and they point it out every chance they get. The next point that Paul teaches us about human relationships is that no one is righteous. "What then are we better than they?…

    • 953 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    That is not to say that the Gospels do not carry any revolutionary aspects of Yeshua. However, the narrative of the meek and mild teacher is proven more in the gospels and taught more in Christian churches, than a revolutionary Yeshua. Finding the revolutionary aspects of Yeshua requires the reader to also look at what he had to go through concerning the sociological aspects of the Jewish people in his day. The reason for the early Christian writers doing this is up for debate. Regardless of why this was done, the Bible does not back them up this line up of thinking.…

    • 2573 Words
    • 11 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    History Vs Human Jesus

    • 809 Words
    • 4 Pages

    These explanations were also rejected. Dynamic monarchianism stated that, “Jesus was almost God” (Christ in History, 67). Modalistic monarchianism saw the three Persons of the Trinity simply as names that were used depending on the occasion, and was considered heretical by the church (Christ in History, 68). Following the rejection of the above explanations, the questions on Jesus’s humanity still remained. The Council of Nicea brought about many new explanations, but the Eastern and Western churches both had different ideas and felt that the other’s view left something out.…

    • 809 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Justice And Mercy Essay

    • 728 Words
    • 3 Pages

    This is a topic mentioned in God’s Work of Grace where God appears to Buddha but that this God might not have been the true God. Muslims, Jews, and other religions view justice and mercy different than Christians because their beliefs of God and Jesus are different from our own. An example of this would be the examples of forgiveness and mercy that Jesus shows in through the Bible that are different from what Muslims would read in the Torah. Because of these different teachings, we already have a different mindset on topics like mercy and justice. This is not to say that other religions can’t be saved, because that assumption would be exclusive not inclusive like Jesus shows us in the story of the Last Supper.…

    • 728 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays