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2016 July 11
Conspiration of the Bataves (1661-1662)
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669)
Dutch Golden Age Baroque Style
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art
Explanation: In John 7 Jesus resisted the urgings of his brothers to display his power at the upcoming Feast of Booths. At the Feast, people were looking for him and speculating about who he was. In the middle of the feast Jesus went to the Temple to teach. People marvelled at his teaching. He told them that anyone who wanted to do God's will would recognize that his teaching was from God. Instead, his hearers wanted to kill him. They were startled by this saying and said that he had a demon. But Jesus explained that he had healed a man on the Sabbath, and they objected, even though a work such as circumcision is performed on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses can be kept (1-24). They then realized that the authorities were indeed seeking to kill him for claiming to be the Christ. They then debated about how he could be Christ since they knew where he was from, but, in their conception, no one was supposed to know where Christ was from. Jesus told them that, even though they knew some things about him, they did not know the one (God the Father) who sent him. They then looked for a way to arrest him, but their opinion was divided about him. Some thought that he must be the Christ because of the abundance of signs which he performed (25-31). The Pharisees sent people to arrest him as he was teaching. Jesus told his listeners that he would be with them a little longer, and they would seek him and not be able to find him because they were not able to come to the place (heaven) where he would be. But they did not understand his words (32-36).
On the last day of the feast, Jesus called upon those who thirsted to come to him and receive rivers of living water. He spoke of the Holy Spirit which those who believed would receive (37-39). John again tells us that the people were divided about who Christ was. Those who came to arrest Jesus went back and said that they did not arrest him because no one ever spoke like this man. The Pharisees accused them of being deceived by Jesus. But Nicodemus exhorted the council to hear Jesus before judging him. The officials dismissed the words of Nicodemus because, supposedly, no prophet was predicted to arise out of Galilee. (This ignores the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah 9:1-2, confirmed by Matthew 4:15-16. It also ignores the fact that Jonah and Elijah, and possibly Nahum, Hosea, Amos, and Malachi had come from Galilee; so prophets from Galilee were not unheard of, as the statement of the Pharisees may be taken to imply. Also there is nothing in Scripture which declares that no prophet will arise from or be associated with Galilee. The Pharisees argued from silence, based on a widespread prejudice against Galilee -- see John 1:46). The assembly then disbanded (40-52).
[Sermons: William Still 1. William Still 2. J C Ryle. John Piper. Various. ]
[Illustration: Today's painting (Alternate Title: "The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis") depicts a deadly conspiracy. In that respect it is similar to the conspiracy against Jesus which sought to bring death upon him. However, the conspiracy of Claudius was for liberation from an oppressor, while the conspiracy against Jesus was against lawful, God-appointed authority. ]
[THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES:
John 7:1-10: Matthew 19:1; Mark 10:1; Luke 9:51-56.
John 7:11-53: Isaiah 9:1-2. ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***
2. His Salvation Manifested to the World (Jn 1:29 - Jn 12:50) - (Continued) - 29 - 33 A.D. Israel
1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.
3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.
5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.
9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.
10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?
12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.
13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.
14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?
20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel.
22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.
23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?
26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.
29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?
32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.
33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me.
34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.
35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?
36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?
42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
43 So there was a division among the people because of him.
44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.
45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?
46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?
48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?
49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.
50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)
51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.
53 And every man went unto his own house.
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