Welcome to BibleBum where we are exploring the entire Bible in one year to better learn how to follow God’s instructions and discover the purpose for our lives. The BibleBum blog uses The One Year Chronological Bible, the New Living Translation version. At the end of each day’s reading, Rob, a cultural history aficionado and seminary graduate, answers questions from Leigh An, the blogger host, about the daily scripture. To start from the beginning, click on “Index” and select Day 1
[The most ancient Greek manuscripts do not include John 7:53–8:11.]
Questions & Observations
Q. (John 7:3): Any idea if this is His biological brothers talking or His disciples?
A. His human half brothers.
Q. (Luke 9:57-62): So basically if you “sign on” to follow Jesus, but have any doubts, you aren’t worthy of being one of his disciples?
A. I would read it more like, “if you prioritize the things of this world before the Kingdom of God, you’ve missed the boat.”
Q. (John 7:10-24): Any idea why Jesus told his brothers that he wouldn’t go with them to Jerusalem but decided to go by himself? Then, he goes secretly, but starts preaching.
A. Jesus did not attend the festival as a pilgrim (as His brothers did), but rather as a prophet who brought a message of God to the corrupt religious leaders who needed to hear of God’s judgment.
Q. (7:28): Jesus was sent to earth as a human. I wonder why God chose this avenue. Since the people know where he came from, it’s very difficult for them to believe in Him. Did God purposely make Jesus hard for the people to believe?
A. We are still early in the story, so hang in there. Things will really ramp up with who Jesus claims to be as we enter Holy Week. Also note that it will be the mission of the Disciples to go to all of these villages (including Galilee) to proclaim Jesus’ death and resurrection. The clarity is coming.
Q. (7:37-39): Is anyone who believes in God and Jesus supposed to be blessed with the Spirit?
A. Yes. Acts 2 will lay out the details.
Q. (John 8:1-11): I love this “look in the mirror” story. Why was Jesus writing in the dirt? Was it just a way for Him to think by using some time up?
A. Since no one knows what Jesus was writing, it is impossible to know what His writing means. I suspect He was doing so to demonstrate that the crowd was not going to rattle him, even in the midst of the trap.
Q. (8:4): I notice that the teachers of religious law and Pharisees addressed Jesus as “teacher.” Why do they call Him teacher when they think He’s a fake?
A. Jesus is respected as a Rabbi, and Rabbis frequently had disagreements, so it isn’t that much of a stretch. The leaders may also be doing so because Jesus followers in the crowd do so: they are doing it out of mock respect.