Wednesday, October 17
by Robert Brock
Jesus Teaches in the Temple
“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine,
whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself,” John 7:17.
The Jews wanted to know how Jesus knew what they had to learn in the rabbinical schools. He told them He got it from the source. He made an important point in this passage. If one wanted to find the truth, God would make sure he found it. He connected it to man’s will.
He told the woman at the well that God was looking for people who were looking for Him. “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:27). Paul told the pagans that God was present and waiting for them to reach out. He told the Corinthians that man had an eternal spirit that could understand Christ’s teaching if that spirit was energized by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-14).
The Jews were sure they were the worthy chosen because God had given them and no one else the Law. He told them by the Law they performed circumcision on the Sabbath. Since Jesus was the Lord of the Sabbath, He thought it just fine to make a man whole on the Sabbath. What could they say? Let’s kill Him. He knows too much. They wanted to keep the public ignorant of the spirit of the Law lest they lose the crowd who bragged on them and puffed them up.
THOUGHT: In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus raised the Law to a higher standard. One has to surrender and allow
Christ to keep it through Him. “For it is God which worketh in
you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).