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  • God’s Ways and Timing

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  • 2017-01-25   [요한복음(John) 7:1 - 7:13]


    Jesus’ brothers urged Jesus to go to Jerusalem and reveal himself during the Feast of Booths. However, Jesus rejected the timing set by his brothers and went to Judea in faithful adherence to God’s timing.

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  • 1 After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him.
    2 Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand.
    3 So his brothers said to him, "Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing.
    4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world."
    5 For not even his brothers believed in him.
    6 Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.
    7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.
    8 You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come."
    9 After saying this, he remained in Galilee.
    10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.
    11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, "Where is he?"
    12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, "He is a good man," others said, "No, he is leading the people astray."
    13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.
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Thinking & Understanding
After the miracle of feeding thousands of people with five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus began to grow in prominence, both as a person of danger to political and religious leaders and as hope to people who had been eagerly awaiting a political Messiah. As the Feast of Booths approached, Jesus’ brothers urged Jesus to reveal his identity before the people. However, Jesus said, “My time has not yet come.” Jesus acted only according to God’s timing, not the times set by people (vv. 1-13).

Who is God?
Who is Jesus?
Vv. 1-10 Jesus did not decide on the right time to reveal himself according to the requests of others or the conditions of his surroundings, but faithfully obeyed the timing and method of his revelation as decided by God. God’s timing is different to ours and is often difficult to obey because it does not match up with considering the people of the world to be right. However, as God’s children, we must live according to God’s timing.

What lesson is God teaching me?
Vv. 2-5 Believing we must have the acknowledgement of others in order to do the Lord’s work is faithlessness. Jesus’ brothers pressed Jesus, invoking the teachings of the world. They were unable to understand God’s way of salvation and did not trust Jesus. Let’s not make excuses, insisting that we can only do the Lord’s work if we become something or possess certain abilities.

Prayer
Lord, help us to rightly discern your timing and to trust in your ways.