Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Morning Cup of Tea: Feast of the Tabernacles

 Good morning! It looks to be another beautiful day outside. It seems  fairly warm this morning. Little old me toddled outside barefoot to feed the cats and it was not uncomfortable. The weather will change soon, though.
 Today we are looking at the first 24 verses of chapter 7 of the book of John. I will admit, John's style of writing confuses me somewhat. I will look into that a bit later though, and focus right now on what is going on in the chapter.
  Jesus is in Galilee. John mentions that Jesus would not go to Judaea (the verse says Jewry) because others sought to kill him and he knew it. It was nearly time for the feast of the tabernacles, and his brothers wanted Jesus to come with them to Judea.  They said, Leave here and go to Judea so your disciples can see your works you do. Why do things in secret, don't you want to be known in the world? (my words, v3,4)  They didn't believe Jesus was the Christ.
  6. Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
 It wasn't his time to be killed. I'm not sure what he meant by your time is always ready. But he told them that the world doesn't hate them, but the world hated him because he told them truth. Jesus told his brothers to go on up to the feast, he wasn't going just yet. He was waiting on God. When he did go to the feast, it was quietly so that no one noticed him there. People talked about him, asking where he was. Some said he was a good man, others said he was a deceiver. 
  In the midst of the feast Jesus did what he did a lot of --he went to the temple and taught. The people were amazed because he knew how to read although he had never been taught. Very few people were educated back then. Most were taught from a young age a trade.
  Jesus told them his teaching was not his, but the one who sent him.  He chastised the people for not keeping the law and wanting to kill him. He reminded them that Moses brought them the law and they didn't even know what it was!  
 They thought he was disturbed, or possessed. Who's trying to kill you?
 Jesus told them, I do one work and you marvel. Moses gave you circumcision, and you allow circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law is kept. I make a man whole on the Sabbath  and you are angry with me.
 Then Jesus tells them in verse 24, Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement. 
  Look and see what's going on before you condemn someone. Pay attention. The people of Jesus' time were willing to kill him because he healed on the Sabbath.  There should never be a time when you won't help someone simply because of the day.
  Jesus has much more to say in this chapter, and we will continue tomorrow. Until next time, have a great day! 

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