The Gospel of John 7:45-52 ( Jesus impresses the temple guards) – Angelic Wars
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The Gospel of John 7:45-52 ( Jesus impresses the temple guards)



 

Here is the next section where Jesus makes an impression in John 45-52.

Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”

46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.

47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”

50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”

52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. What did the guards mean about the unique way Jesus spoke to the people?
  2. What law was Nicodemus referring to about a hearing?
  3. When you read the Bible, do you feel like Jesus is talking directly to you?



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Rick says November 2, 2023

1. What did the guards mean about the unique way Jesus spoke to the people?

Usually teachers (like Rabbis) support their teaching from knowledgeable sources. In this case, it would be the Holy Scriptures or other respected intellectual authorities. Jesus surprised others because he spoke as the SOURCE of TRUTH. He may have referred back to the Scriptures to make a point but didn’t relay on them as his authoritative backing. The Gospels tell us that Jesus spoke with authority. “…for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.” (Matthew 7:29) “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18). “So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.” (John 8:28).

2. What law was Nicodemus referring to about a hearing?

“A lone witness is not sufficient to establish any wrongdoing or sin against a man, regardless of what offense he may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” (Deuteronomy 19:15)

3. When you read the Bible, do you feel like Jesus is talking directly to you?

I feel Jesus speaks through the Holy Spirit directly to me when I read the Bible. Some places more than others.

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