BSF Study Questions John Lesson 6, Day 2: John 4:31-34

Summary of passage:  The disciples, concerned about Jesus, asked him to eat something.  He replied how he has food to eat they know nothing about.  Mystified, they still insisted he eat.  Jesus explained he sustains himself by doing God’s work and finishing it.

Questions:

3a)  “Doing the will of God and finishing God’s work” i.e. dying for our sins and saving the world by faith and grace.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I find great satisfaction in knowing I’m doing God’s work on this planet.  Raising my kids, being a dutiful wife, writing for Him, working for Him, etc.  It’s what sustains me when the times are hard and motivates me when I have no will.

c)  Come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior.

4a)  Personal Question.  My answer:  It’s easy in this world dominated by instant satisfaction to get lost in tasks that waste your time.  I have to stay focused and ask myself every day:  Is this for God or is it for me?  How does what I’m doing propel Him forward?  Is this meeting His goals?

b)  Love God.  Love others.  Spread the Good News and teach them to obey God.  Pray.  Give to the needy.  Do not worry.  Seek Him always.  Store treasures in heaven, not here.  Testify for Jesus.  Finish God’s work for my life.

Conclusions:  This passage is one where you want to hit the disciples over the head and say, “Don’t you get it?!  It’s Jesus, the Son of God, sent to die for our sins!”  We know that of course, but they didn’t.  This explains just how radical the idea is to the people of that time:  God sent his Son to die for us?  But why?  And that, my friend, is what the whole Bible tries to explain.

End Notes:  The disciples were rightly concerned about Jesus’ health.  He just finished a long walk from Judea.  His body needed sustenance.  Jesus’ point was there’s more to life than physical needs:  spiritual needs that bread alone won’t satisfy.  Jesus is saying, “My strength and nourishment is God.”

Jesus points out what’s most important here:  God’s will, not the fine details of serving others, etc.  Only doing God’s will will satisfy the human soul.  Period.  It refreshes weary souls like Jesus’.  Man’s own desires are lackluster in comparison.

John frequently records how Jesus depends on the Father and is doing His will (3:34; 5:30; 6:38; 8:26; 9:4; 10:37-8; 12:50; 14:31; 15:10; 17:4)

Notice the AND.  Doing the will of God and finishing it.  Remember Jesus’ last words?  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)  Once we can utter these words as well, heaven will come.  Great stuff!

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2 comments on “BSF Study Questions John Lesson 6, Day 2: John 4:31-34

  1. Julia says:

    I took a different approach to Question 3(c) in that I was seeing a BELIEVER who lacks heart satisfaction and has lost meaning to life. This would be similar to the church at Ephesus in the Book of Revelation (3:4), when the church had lost its first love, Jesus. For a believer to get back to Jesus, they must spend more time with Him in His Word, the Bible, and in talking more to Him. The more you know God, the more you love Him, and only He can satisfy the desires of our heart and bring meaning to life. Must focus more on the eternal, spiritual rewards rather than our temporary, material existence on planet earth with its trials and tribulations. We need more Holy Spirit filling and power to walk with Him as He teaches us His ways.
    A believer who has lost their first love tends to move into legalism, get a critical and judgmental attitude, and backslide into the worldly system. As a believer, we need to remember back to how blessed we were, repent, and renew ourselves by going back to our roots and spending intimate time with Jesus as He restores us back into our joy and peace of our salvation. Psalm 37:3-5 is a good example as we trust in the Lord and delight ourselves in Him, and He will gives us the desires of our heart as we commit our way to the Lord.

  2. Shar says:

    I like your answer for 4a. I need to also ask myself, is this for God or me? I get so easily distracted everyday. I need to remember to pray for Gods help focusing.

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