Summary of John 7:37-52
Jesus invites those who are thirsty to come to him. Whoever believes in him will have rivers of living water flow within (Jesus meant the Holy Spirit here). Many believed he was the Prophet and Messiah. Others still questioned.
The guards did not bring in Jesus as the chief priests and the Pharisees wanted. Nicodemus spoke up, but was denied, too.
BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 11, Day 5: John 7:37-52
11a) Holy Spirit
b) It means we have the Holy Spirit within, guiding us. This means that we are guided daily and have the presence of the Lord within. The Holy Spirit reveals God’s truth to us and teaches us.
c) The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all work together for our good. God sent Jesus to do His will. The Holy Spirit was given when Jesus died. All are meant to help us walk with God.
12a) The Prophet, Messiah
b) They could not get over the fact that Jesus came from Galilee.
c) Good question and I can’t think of a specific example. It’s hard to hear God’s truth amongst all the other noise. That’s when I turn to prayer or the Bible to hear His voice.
13a) “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?” Basically, the law of innocent until proven guilty. Nicodemus was shut down and dismissed.
b) Pretty willing. The desire for safety and security.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 11, Day 5: John 7:37-52
You can see the close-mindedness of the Jewish leaders here and their desire to get rid of Jesus no matter what. Yet, God is in control.
End Notes BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 11, Day 5: John 7:37-52
Jesus uses water again to illustrate his point that if you come to him, you will have living waters (eternal life). God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness. The Festival included the symbolic pouring out of water on the altar. Now, Jesus will do so again.
The Holy Spirit gives believers new life, seals them as God’s, and gives them power to live for God.
All were invited (anyone) to quench their spiritual thirst. You must believe in Jesus.
Jesus divided people. You either believed, or you didn’t, and there were a fair amount on either side.
Because of Jesus’ eloquence, he could not be arrested. His time had not yet come.
The religious leaders were blind to all reason, even when Nicodemus pointed out their condemnation before a trial could take place.
Prophets had, indeed, come from Galilee: Jonah (2 Kings 14:25) and Elijah.
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