FAITH – HOPE – FORGIVENESS by Growing Older


Gospel Of JOHN CHAPTER # 7 Notes

Verse 2 & 14

Jesus as the Anti-Type Passover, sheds His blood, laying down His life to deliver man from death.

As the anti-type feast of Unleavened Bread, faith feeds upon Jesus here on this earth.

In this chapter, Jesus is presented as waiting to fulfill the hope of the Feast of Tabernacles.

He sends forth the Holy Spirit to nourish and bless those who should believe on Him to make them a channel of blessing to others. This is a prophecy of the Millennium.

The Feast of Tabernacles was held the 7th month (Jewish Calendar). It corresponds to our last half of September & 1st half of October. It was held as a thanksgiving for the harvest.

The “Harvest” refers to a harvest of souls: those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour, Messiah.

Leviticus 23:34-43, a booth is: hut or cottage, pavilion, tent.                   Deuteronomy 16:15-17.

The feast took its name from the tents which were erected about the temple; in public places; in courts and on the flat roofs of their houses and in gardens.

The Jews dwelt in them for eight days, in commemoration of the forty years during which their fathers dwelt in the wilderness.

The last day of the feast is called the “Great day” of the feast. John 7:37.

Jesus Discourse at the Feast of Tabernacles: John 7:14-29

1. Vs 14-15: Jesus is not a “man of letters.” They knew that Jesus never learned at any rabbinical school, as Paul under Gamaliel. These rulers knew well enough that He had not studied under any human teacher

This shows that Jesus did not get His knowledge of scriptures from human sources.

2. Seven (7) times the expression is used: “My teaching.”

(1) John 7:16   (2) John 8:28  (3)  John 8:47  (4) John 12:49  (5) John 14:10  (6)                    John 14:24

(7) John 17:8

3. Jesus declares that He is the Very Christ: John 7:26-29

Jesus Teaches On The Holy Spirit

1. Vs 37:  The last day = the 8th day, was a Sabbath.

    This was a day of ecstatic joy; loud jubilation; the loud sounding of trumpets.

The priests ( as on prior days of this feast) passed in solemn procession                  through the streets.

They passed from the Pool of Siloam, carrying (in a gold vessel), water.

The priest poured out that water upon the Altar in front of the temple.

While this was going on, the people sang Isaiah 12:3: “Therefore with joy shall     ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”

It was at that supreme moment that Jesus stood, in an elevated position,             and shouted out:

(Vs 37) “….If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”

John 6:35;  Revelation 22:17

2. This proclamation, made publicly in the streets, to the whole world, compels       the hearer to chose between two alternatives.

(1) to say, with Caiaphas: “He is guilty of death.”

(2) to exclaim with Thomas: “My Lord and my God.”

Isaiah 55:1; Isaiah 58:11; Joel 3:11; Zechariah 13:1; Zechariah 14:8

3. The contrast here is between the lifeless water of ceremony. A mortal priest        carries a golden vessel of water.

Then, we have the life-giving water that flows from the eternal Great High            Priest.  He has an inexhaustible fullness and supply.

The lesson to be learned is that: ceremonies, no matter how magnificent,             beautiful and Scriptural, can never satisfy the deep thirst of the soul.

That thirst can only be satisfied by the personal union of a person with Jesus     Christ and that is by faith.

Jesus is the smitten rock, who, in resurrection power, sends forth a stream of     life to dying men and a thirsty world.

4. Vs 38: “… out of his belly. Out of his midst, or out of his heart. The word belly     is often put for the midst of a thing, the center, and the heart. Proverbs 18:4    “rivers; this word is used to express abundance, or a full supply.

The believers shall be the instruments by which the Holy Spirit shall be                 poured down on the world.

“Living water” refers to fountains that are ever-flowing streams. The Gospel          shall be constant and life-giving in its blessings.

5. Vs 39: The Holy Spirit was not given in such full and large measures as should      be after Jesus had ascended to heaven. We have always had certain                        measures and influences of the Holy Spirit, but not in the abundance and as     would be given after this.

The full force of the Holy Spirit is like living waters that move with force and         supply the need of the dry and parched soul;  Acts 2:1-2 & 17.


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