vv. 14-15 – But when it was now the midst (middle) of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught. The Jewish leaders saw Jesus standing in the temple. The same place where the rabbis taught. The Jews, therefore, marveled, saying, “How does this man know letters (it means “learning”), having never been educated?” Jesus did not have a formal education. “His mastery of the Scriptures and his power of persuasive exposition (ability to explain clearly) were undeniable” (F. F. Bruce).
vv. 16-17 – The Jewish leaders must have thought Jesus’ teachings were His own ideas. But He said, my teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. If anyone desires to do his will. “This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees (seeks His Son Jesus) and believes (is to be persuaded of, to place confidence) in him, should have eternal life.” (John 6:40a). “He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony (the witness) in himself” (I John 5:10). Jesus repeats that his teaching comes from the One who commissioned Him, His Father (Read John 8:26; 12:49-50). If we commit to doing God’s will, He will guide us in finding the truth.
v.18 –He who speaks from himself (for example, a false messiah) he who seeks the glory (honor resulting from a good opinion) of Him who sent Him is true is a referral to Jesus, and no unrighteousness (sinfulness in character) is in Him
vv. 19-20 – Didn’t Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? How many of the Ten Commandments do we faithfully obey? The people of Israel broke the Law many times. Jesus asked, why do you seek to kill me? The attempt to murder was a violation of the sixth commandment (Read Exodus 20:13).The multitude answered, “You have a demon!” They foolishly accused Jesus of demon possession (Read John 10:19-21). If Jesus was “another religious fake, the world never would have reacted with such hatred. Since the evil world system loves its own, its hatred toward Him demonstrates that He came from God”
(John Mac Arthur).
vv. 21-22 – I did one work (miracle) refers to Jesus healing the paralytic man. The Jewish leaders were hypocritical because Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath. The Jews also worked on the Sabbath whenever a male infant was circumcised. John MacArthur says, “each male infant in Israel was to be circumcised at eight days old, and if the eighth day coincided (occurred at the same time) with the Sabbath, the law of circumcision took precedence over the Sabbath law: the child was circumcised.
vv. 23-24 – If a boy receives circumcision on the Sabbath… (why) are you angry with mebecause I made a man completely healthy on the Sabbath? It didn’t make sense to allow circumcision on the Sabbath, and not allow the healing of a man’s body on the Sabbath. The Jewish leaders were blinded by their own traditions. The Jewish leaders judged Jesus by what appeared to be right, but what they thought wasn’t right.
God gave His Son Jesus THE NAME (which represents the title and dignity of the Lord), WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME, THAT AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW… AND… EVERY TONGUE SHOULD CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD (Philippians 2:9-11).
Have you confessed your sins to the Lord, invited Him to live in your soul, and made the commitment to live for Him? The Lord can transform your life by giving you peace that passes all human understanding. A peace that cannot be taken away by external circumstances.
-All Scripture passages are based on the World English Bible (WEB)-
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