BSF Study Questions John Lesson 7, Day 5: John 5:31-47

Summary of passage:  Jesus explains how John the Baptist has testified for him.  How the work he is doing is a testimony for who Jesus is.  God has testified for him.  The Word has testified for him.  Jesus says they do not believe who he is.


11)  Part-personal Question.  My answer:  John the Baptist verse 33.  The work God has given him and that Jesus is doing verse 36.  God verse 37.  The Scriptures verse 39.  Moses verse 46.  My response is belief.

12)  Part-personal Question.  My answer:  They refused to believe testimonies.  They do not have the love of God in their hearts.  They missed the Truth in the Word.  Pride, vanity, self-love.  They lived on each other’s praise.  Their belief in their own self-importance blinded them to the One who is truly important.  How will I pray?  Well, I’ll just pray.

13)  Part-personal Question.  My answer:  They did not believe in the Scriptures.  They misinterpreted the Scriptures, looking for a military savior.  They were looking for what they wanted to find.  They were blinded.  We must read with an open mind and not preconceived notions.   We must be open to God speaking the Truth to us.  I’d ask for eyes to see and a humble heart from God to see the Truth.

Conclusions:  All personal questions.  All modern man has are the Scriptures.  John the Baptist is dead.  Jesus is not here on earth.  Again, the pride of man is the downfall of many.  We are blinded to the truth and we must ask God to show us.  We must let Him lead.  We must submit to Him.  Or all of us will be spiritually blinded and will miss Jesus.  And our lives are too short for that.

End Notes:  Jesus’ testimony about himself is not enough because anyone can claim anything.  Debt 19:15 says one witness is not enough.  Two or three are needed.  Here, Jesus goes beyond that by citing 5 witnesses.

The religious leaders for a time believed John the Baptist.  A lamp is light, the light of God.

Jesus’ works were of compassion to others, not military might.  This Messiah is not the one expected because again man misconstrues God’s word.

Everything Jesus does is God’s testimony but in Luke 3:22 God specifically anoints Jesus at his baptism.

They studied the Scriptures but never found the Truth there.  How tragic!  What a message for us!

The religious leaders were unwilling to come to Jesus out of pride.  They did not love God.  This was a heart issue.

Jesus prophesies the Anti-Christ here and others who will claim to be the Messiah.

New Testament writers all took the stand that the Old Testament as a whole points to Jesus (Luke 24:25-27, 44-46).

These men did not believe Moses who wrote extensively of the Messiah (Deut 18:15; Num 20:8-12, 21:8-9; Lev 1-7; Exodus 21:5-6).

BSF Study Questions John Lesson 7, Day 4: John 5:24-30

Summary of passage:  Jesus says to the Jewish leaders that whoever hears him and believes in God will have eternal life.  A time will come when the dead will hear his voice and those who hear will live.  He has the authority from God to judge.  The dead who have done good will live.  Those who have done evil will be condemned.  Jesus can do nothing without God.  He seeks to please the Father.


9a)  “he has crossed over from death to life.”

b)  Part-personal Question.  My answer:  If you hear the Word and believe in God and thus Jesus.  The results for the future is eternal life.  My help is to do everything I do with a focus on eternity.

c)  “Those who have done evil will rise to be condemned” Verse 29

10)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I am encouraged by the promise of eternal life as it influences my everyday decisions and it’s as easy as hearing the Word and believing.  All will be judged is an encouragement as well so I don’t have to worry about it.

Conclusions:  Weak.  That’s all I’ll say.  Could have done more on resurrection here.

End Notes:  Since God and Jesus are one, belief in one is belief in the other.  Here, Jesus says hear me AND believe in God and have everlasting life and escape judgment from sin.  Again, this is a radical idea to the Jewish people since Jesus is saying, “I am God.”

Again, radical ideas as Jesus says even the dead will hear his voice and have a chance to live forever with him.

Again, radical:  Jesus says his life is uncreated, derived from no one.  He has always been.  This is known as aseity.  He is claiming the same status as God where the Old Testament says life belongs to God and is his to give (Deut 30:20; Job 10:12, 33:4, Psalm 16:11, 27:1, 36:9).

All will live forever–the good and the bad.  The saved and the condemned.  All will receive a new body.  This power is from God.  Jesus is explaining further who he is and why he has come.

Judgement is based on what people have done in their lives (Romans 2:4-8; Rev 20:12).  Salvation is a gift from God in response to faith and faith in Christ results in changed lives.

BSF Study Questions John Lesson 7, Day 3: John 5:16-23

Summary of passage:  The Jewish leaders were unhappy with Jesus doing work on the Sabbath and calling himself the Son of God so they persecuted him.  Jesus explained how he does everything through God and will do great things and bestow ever lasting life.  God has granted Jesus the role of judger of mankind and whoever does not honor him, does not honor the Father.


6)  The Jewish leaders were unhappy with Jesus doing work on the Sabbath and calling himself the Son of God.  “My Father is always at his work to this very day” and therefore he too works.  Because Jesus was breaking the Sabbath and calling God his Father, making himself equal with God.

7)  “Whatever the Father does the Son also does.”  God “will show him [Jesus] even greater things.”

8 )  Part-personal Question.  My answer:

1)  God has given Jesus the power of resurrection over the dead and eternal life and who to grant this to.

2)  God has given Jesus the role of judger of all mankind.

3)  God has given Jesus the same status to be honored by mankind the same.

It doesn’t.  I’ve always believed God, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one.  My attitude is the same.

Conclusions:  The personal question of 8 is lackluster.  Still would have liked to have delved deeper into the breaking of the Sabbath.  It’s important to understand that Jesus was not breaking any laws.  That these supposed laws are interpretations of God’s laws by mankind which are twisted and untrue.  These questions are too superficial.

End Notes:  No one cared that the man was healed.  All they cared about was their precious laws being broken–laws not in the Bible.

Jesus did not delve into the definition of what work is on the Sabbath.  Instead, he states simply:  God works on the Sabbath and so do I (since I am God).  This is important for us.  God never stops working.  He never stops listening to us or caring for our problems or working in our lives.  He is there always.

In Ancient Times, slaves did all the work.  It was considered beneath the nobles to lift a finger and the Greek and Roman gods never worked so the very idea of a working god was alien to most people.

God rests.  He never stops ruling.  God rests for our benefit–showing us how to live.  Not for Him.

“Breaking” and “calling” are continuous action.  Jesus was always breaking the laws and calling himself God’s son.

Jesus submits by choice to God’s will.  God shows Jesus what to do.

God the Son in becoming man separated himself and ceased not to be God, and became the separate personality of Jesus as the personality of God the Son.

“Loves” is continuous as well.  The Father always loves the Son.

Jesus refers to the power of eternal life–the ultimate power.  Jesus says he is the judger–again a separate but distinct part of God the Father.  Jesus was love and judge–full of grace and mercy.  Imagine looking upon Jesus and seeing both and feeling both–shame at your sin yet amazing love and forgiveness.

God’s people believed God did raise the dead.  Here, Jesus says he has that same authority–again, establishing the idea that he  is equal to God.  The same with being the judge.  The Jews believed God to be the final judge.  Here, Jesus says now I am.  These ideas were blasphemous, radical, revolutionary, and heretical.  It threw the Sadducees in turmoil, abutting long-held beliefs.  It’s hard for mankind to accept change especially quickly.  Jesus was on earth for so short of a time.  Think of all who missed him because they were stuck in their ways.  A lesson for us as well.

It’s hard for us to grasp this since we are thousands of years down the road and just know who Jesus is and what he does and how to honor him.  Try to think as these people did when studying John.

Being the judge requires honor equal to God.  One cannot honor just one.

God sent but Jesus came.  Both are equally important.

BSF Study Questions John Lesson 7, Day 2: John 5:1-15

Summary of passage:  Jesus was in Galilee in Chapter 4, healing the official’s son and now we’re back to Jerusalem where Jesus heals a man at a pool at Bethesda on the Sabbath.  He tells the man to get up, pick up his mat, and walk and the man does.  This is in Jerusalem at the feast of the Jews.  The Jews told the man he can’t do work on the Sabbath i.e. carry his mat.  The man says Jesus told him to.


3)  38 years.  He can’t walk so he lies around.  He’s angry or full of self-pity when he says he has no one to help him to the poor and people are always jumping in front of him.  But the man has great faith in Jesus’ words because he does as told:  gets up, picks up his mat, and walks.

4a)  “Get up!”

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  To always turn to him for the answers first.  To trust in events and circumstances that God is in control.

5)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  “See, you are well again.  Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”  We must obey Jesus all the time because we are in danger of turning from him, following the wrong path, and ending up worse than we are now.  Sin leads us down the wrong path.  Jesus wants us on his path.

Conclusions:  I’m disappointed there were no questions on the “Jews” (most likely the Pharisees) who were angry that Jesus healed on the Sabbath.  There’s no in-depth questions on the feast of the Jews or the Sabbath either.  There’s so much to this passage and we took a very superficial approach here.  See End Notes for much more.

End Notes:  Scholars are unsure which feast this is but it was probably one of the major three feasts in which attendance was required:  either Passover, Pentecost, or Purim/Tabernacles.  If it was a Passover, then there were four Passovers in Jesus’ ministry, making it last 3½ years.  John explicitly mentions 3 Passovers (2:13, 23; 6:4; 11:55, 12:1), which would make Jesus’ ministry only 2 1/2 years).

The pool in Bethesda has been excavated and does indeed have 5 porches as John describes.  Although he speaks in the present tense, this doesn’t necessarily mean the temple is still standing.

The belief was that an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters of this pool.  The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease he had.  Hence, the congregation of the blind, lame and paralyzed.  The belief was this only happened at certain times such as at Passover or at feasts.

If this were true, it would be unusual in the Bible (outside of Jesus’ miracles).  Other examples of healings;  2 Kings 4:38-41; 2 Kings 5:10-14; 2 Kings 13:20-21; Acts 5:14-16; Acts 19:11-12

There were a multitude of people sick at this pool and Jesus selected this man to meet his need.  None of these people looked to Jesus.  Instead, they all stared into a pool–waiting.  So many of us do this:  wait on circumstances and events in our lives that will never be perfect.  Look to Jesus and pray instead!

Jesus asks the man first if he wants to get well.  Some people don’t.  Some are so defeated by their condition they lose heart.  Jesus needed to make sure the man still had heart.  People who have lived that long with a disease know no other life and the thought of losing that comfort zone scares them.

Here, the man is hopeful (he comes to the pool) but unhopeful (he won’t ever get in the waters).

In faith, the man obeyed Jesus.  And look what happened!  Normally, Jesus healed only if one had faith in him but this man did not know him but he still had faith.

Healing in the Bible:  anointing, praying, faith, and medical treatment:  James 5:14-16; Mark 16:17-18; 1 Corinthians 12:9; Matthew 9:22; Mark 2:4-5; Matthew 8:13; 1 Timothy 5:23; James 5:14 with Luke 10:34.

When John says “the Jews”, he refers to the Jewish leaders.

Carrying the bed was work, which according the rabbis, was forbidden on the Sabbath.  This is man’s interpretation of God’s laws, not God’s laws.  The penalty for doing work on the Sabbath could be severe–even being stoned.

Jesus ignored all custom and said  it is good to do good on the Sabbath (John 5:17, John 7:23; Luke 6:9; 13:15; 14:5).

Still to this day, orthodox Jews do no work on the Sabbath.

Note the Rabbis don’t care that the man was healed.  All they care about is him carrying a mat on the Sabbath.

Jesus disappears as he didn’t want a riot to break out amongst the other disabled.

Jesus finds the man again to warn him his spiritual health is in danger.  He needs to now focus on doing good with his new-found life.

Note the first betrayal here of Jesus:  the man found the Jewish leaders and told them it was indeed Jesus Christ.  The man could have been afraid of the Jewish leaders as well but could have held his tongue and definitely not sought them out.  Isn’t it amazing how Jesus knows he will be betrayed but he does it anyways because it’s the right thing to do.  I wish to have such an attitude and such heart.

Pool of Bethesda in Art HERE

Map of Bethesda and Jerusalem HERE

Prayer Requests for Weeks of October 23rd & October 30th, 2016

Hey all!

I will be on vacation next week so you will see multiple lessons posted at the end of this week.  Also, please use this post for 2 weeks of prayer requests.

If you have a prayer request, please post a comment below or email them to me at and I’ll get to them ASAP.

My request: For my husband: guidance in his job and his new responsibilities.

God bless and have a wonderful week!

BSF Study Questions John Lesson 6, Day 5: John 4:43-54

Summary of passage:  Jesus departs Samaria after 2 days and heads for Galilee.  He was welcomed as the Galileans approved of what he did at Passover (turn over the money lenders’ tables) in Jerusalem.  He visited Cana again where he had turned the water into wine at the wedding feast.  He was approached by a royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum and was begged to heal him.

Jesus said unless the people see miraculous signs, they won’t believe.  Jesus healed the man’s son from a distance.  This was the second miraculous sign (the first being the water into wine at the wedding).


10)  Jesus said unless he performs this miracle, the official will not believe.  He performed the miracle.  But the nobleman had to believe in Jesus’ words alone since the miracle was performed from afar.  True faith is taking Jesus at his word.

11)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Jesus answers prayer even if your faith is not perfect.  Pray always and ask him.  He is waiting to answer and to strength our faith in him.

12)  Personal Question.  My answer:  First, the man asked.  You can’t receive if you don’t ask (Matthew 7:7-8).  The official had faith enough to come to Jesus or was desperate enough.  Many a believer comes to Jesus desperate for him.  The man believed in Jesus’ ability to do it.  Jesus can do anything.  The miracle turned the man and his household into believers.  Miracles change lives.  Believe Jesus can handle anything you are facing.  Give it to him.  Let him do the rest.

Conclusions:  Great lesson on faith.  Great lesson on miracles happening.  Great lesson on Jesus caring for the people no matter who they are and deepening their faith no matter where they are on their walk with Him.

End Notes:  This is the 2nd sign of 7 we will study (remember from our study of Revelation that 7 is the number of completion).  The first is the water turning to wine at the wedding in chapter 2.

Because the people knew him and Galilee is where Jesus grew up, they did not honor him.  However, we can be in danger of not honoring Jesus as well, a false sense of familiarity.  They were interested only in his miracles.  In essence, they were rejecting Jesus the Savior here instead of welcoming him.

Scholars debate if “his own country” means Judea or Galilee.  A case can be made for both.  Other Gospels relate to Galilee (Matthew 13:57 and Mark 6:4).

All Jews traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast (Exodus 23:14-17) as dictated by Jewish law.

Jesus had made His home in Capernaum (Matthew 4:13 and John 2:12). Though Jesus was at Cana (John 4:46a), the nobleman travelled the 20 or so miles (32 kilometers) from Capernaum to Cana.  He was probably an officer of Herod Antipas (Jesus’ eventual killer).

Jesus rebuked those who depended on signs and wonders before they would believe.  The you is plural so in general all Galileans.  Signs and wonders can be a good thing, but they should not prove God to us.  They do not change the heart.  Just ask the Israelites who were wandering the desert before coming the Promised Land.  So many miracles God did daily (like manna) and still they worshipped a golden calf.

The nobleman’s plea was based on need–not status.  This is what Jesus wants-to fulfill our needs not our wants.

Had Jesus gone with the man, the man’s unbelief would still exist.  This miracle is just as much about strengthening the father’s faith as it is about healing the child.  God is amazing!

Fun Fact:  Of Jesus’ recorded miracles, only 2 were done over a distance. The other is fulfilling the Roman centurion’s request (Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:2-10).  Note both are Gentiles and upper class.

Note there is no dramatic effects.  Jesus says simply, “Your son will live.”  No show or pomp.  That’s Jesus.

The nobleman believed before the evidence rolled in.  Exactly what we must do.

In faith, the nobleman walked home.  He did not run.  The nobleman’s faith was deepened by God’s power and personal experience of it.

In John the signs are given to lead the reader to faith (John 20:29-31). The relation between belief and signs is clear in John chapter 2 and chapter 4.

· The first sign persuaded His disciples

· The second sign persuaded a Jewish nobleman and his household

· The Samaritans believed without a sign

These first two signs take place at Cana of Galilee.  The first was a happy occasion–a wedding.  The second a horrible and tragic event–a dying child.  Jesus is there in both the ups and down of our lives.  Always and forever.

Map of Cana and Capernaum:

BSF Study Questions John Lesson 6, Day 4: John 4:39-42

Summary of passage:  Many Samaritans were converted due to the woman’s testimony at first and then because of Jesus himself.


7)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  1) Because of the woman’s testimony.  2)  They came with an open heart and mind and listened.  3)  Because of Jesus’ words many more became believers.  Family and friends.

8 )  Part personal Question.  My answer:  John the Baptist testified to what he saw.  He told Andrew and John the Apostle to come and see and hear for themselves.  They did.  They believed.  Just like the Samaritans.  Come with an open heart and mind and God can do anything.

9a) Very similar.  Philip went to Samaria, proclaimed Christ, performed miraculous signs which got the people’s attention, believed and were baptized.  Same thing in this passage.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  As the days pass and trials and joys come and go, I think our faith grows as well.  My family’s has grown significantly.

Conclusions: Amazing how belief is entered into!  It’s a very simple process and has been since Abraham.  Someone testifies or encounters Jesus, they come with open hearts and minds, they listen and see miracles, and then they believe and commit their lives to Christ.  We must remember this as we’re inviting others to church and to events that have Jesus as the center.  It’s easy on our part.  God does the rest.

End Notes:  It’s important to note that Jesus loved the Samaritan woman despite everything she did.  He chose her to reveal the secret to eternal life!  Can you imagine?

It’s remarkable at this time in history that Jesus stayed two days with the Samaritans.  Samaria remember was a place to avoid by Jews at all cost and to enter and exit as quickly as possible.  That the people wanted a Jew to stay and that Jesus agreed broke all social bounds!  This shows just what an impression Jesus made on people.  Oh, to have been there!

Listening to Jesus deepened their faith.  We can do the same thing through reading the Word, praying, and listening for God to speak to us.

Note John records Jesus as the Savior of the world.  Jews, Samaritans, Gentiles, everyone!