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The Gospel of John 11:1-10 ( Jesus delays visiting a dying friend)


 

We now start John, chapter 11:1-10 and the story of Lazarus.

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

“But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. Can you name another scene with Mary and Martha?
  2. Why did Jesus stay an additional two days after hearing his friend, Lazarus, was sick?  Doesn’t that seem odd?
  3. What did Jesus mean about walking in the daylight and nighttime in vs 9-10?
  4. Do you sometimes feel that God doesn’t hear your prayers and is ignoring you?



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Rick says April 1, 2024

1. Can you name another scene with Mary and Martha?

Jesus interacts with Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 where Jesus lectures Martha on choosing to work instead of listening to Jesus and complain that Mary did not help. Also, John 12:1-8 about Mary breaking the perfume to anoint Jesus.

2. Why did Jesus stay an additional two days after hearing his friend, Lazarus, was sick? Doesn’t that seem odd?

This will be important as we learn about the geography of Galilee and Judah. It will be important to know that Jesus knew Lazarus was already dead when the news reached him, and that his presence would not be imminent creating a bigger example of the power of God.

3. What did Jesus mean about walking in the daylight and nighttime in vs 9-10?

Walking in daylight means “walking within the will of God,” though God’s will may be perplexing from our point of view. However, Jesus knew that “his” nighttime of death was not imminent and as predicable by God as the 12 hours of the day.

4. Do you sometimes feel that God doesn’t hear your prayers and is ignoring you?

I don’t think God ignores me, but His timing is not a quick as I would like sometimes. Other times I see Him working without me asking Him. So, I guess I’m okay with that. It is always a test of my faith.

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