Eyewitness: pp. 130-133
Message: John 7: 37,38
NIV: John 7:28,29
NLT: John 7: 15-39
In Your Bible: John 7: 1-40
At the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus was in the Temple teaching. During this time the Rabbis argued with Jesus about what was “work” on the Sabbath. The Jews circumcised boys on the Sabbath and Jesus healed on the Sabbath! Jesus was adamant! Neither was against God’s will. He had to shout his message over their objections.
Message from God
The people asked, “How does he know so much when he hasn’t been trained?” They were astonished by what Jesus said next. “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own” (John 7:15-17 NLT).
Jesus Challenges Their Thinking
The people were surprised to see him teaching in the Temple during the Feast. But no one would defend Jesus for fear of the Jewish leaders’ reaction. They knew where Jesus was from, but also knew that when the Messiah came, no one would know where He came from. It was a dilemma for them.
Jesus, teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, but I know him because I am from him and he sent me” (John 7:28,29 NIV).
On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says” (John 7:37,38 The Message).
This is the same discourse he had privately with the Samaritan woman at the well (see John Chapter 4). Now, publicly Jesus vigorously appealed to all who could hear.
Yes, at the Festival of Tabernacles, Jesus had to stand and shout his message.
Prayer: Father, thank you for Jesus’ amazing teaching. As he presented it different ways, it shows me how to share your words with different people at different times.
Questions: Why do you think Jesus had to keep telling the Jewish leaders and other people he actually came from God?
How would you explain living water to a new believer?