Read chapter seven for yourself first. Don’t always take my word for it. Study it for yourself. Take the Berean call:
Acts 17:10-11 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jewish people. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
John 7:1 After these things Yeshua (Jesus) walked in Galilee: for He would not walk in Judea, because the Jewish sought to kill Him.
Some sought to kill Him because of healing someone. This is another example of hardness of heart. So He spent time in Galilee and not Judea.
John 7:2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) - ingathering of harvest of grapes and olives. This feast involved water drawing and lamp lighting.
John 7:3-4 His brothers therefore said to Him, Depart from here, and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see the works that you do. For there is no man that does any thing in secret, and he himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.
Yeshua’s half-brothers - Ya’akov, Yosef, Shimon, Y’hudah. (Matt. 13:55-56) Yeshua also had half-sisters. These verses are useful when talking to Catholics. They believe that Miriam (Mary) was a perpetual virgin. These verses along with Matthew 1:25 is sure to get their attention.
John 7:5 For neither did his brothers believe in Him.
His brothers, including James, did not yet believe. Wouldn’t this be hard to believe of a family member?
John 7:6-7 Then Yeshua (Jesus) said to them, My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you; but Me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
The world is evil. If we do not follow Yeshua we follow the evil one and the world. Those who are in the world are loved by the world. He that is friends with the world is an enemy of G-d. (James 4:4) Many do not want to lose the pleasures of the world or be persecuted by the world.
John 7:8-12 Go up to this feast: I will not go up yet to this feast; for my time is not yet full come. When He had said these words to them, He abode still in Galilee. But when his brothers were gone up, then went He also up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. Then the Jewish people sought Him at the feast, and said, Where is He? And there was much murmuring among the people concerning Him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but He deceives the people.
There was a wide range of views on Yeshua and who He truly was. Some say He is just a good man. If He was such a good man why did He say, He came from the Father? Either this is true or He is a liar. So either He was G-d becoming man or He was a deceiver as some thought. I don’t understand those that are of the thought He was only a “good man.” Is He not much more than that? Yeshua is truth. Naturally if you can’t believe He is G-d come to save you, you would think Him to be evil. We already touched on that some believed because of miracles, food, or maybe because it was popular at the time.
John 7:13 Yet no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jewish people.
Some did not talk about Him for fear of those men that wanted Him killed.
John 7:14 Now about the middle of the feast Yeshua (Jesus) went up into the temple, and taught.
He did not let this persecution stop Him from teaching.
John 7:15 And the Jews marveled, saying, “How did this man get such learning without having studied?”
Yeshua did not study under any “rabbi”.
John 7:16 Yeshua (Jesus) answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent Me.
His doctrine came from the Father who sent Him.
John 7:17 If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of G-d, or whether I speak of Myself.
Those that speak from themselves and their own doctrine seek their own glory. Some do not want to come to the truth because of the cost. Some believers even claim to have a special understanding of the text that others do not have. This is all for personal glory, good business, and the pleasures of life. They have one foot in the world. They don’t develop into what G-d has for them. Those that follow the leading of Ruach HaKodesh shall come to know the truth.
John 7:18 He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
Yeshua desired to glorify the Father. There was no unrighteousness in Him.
John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps (from breaking) the law? Why do you go about to kill Me?
None of the accusers kept from breaking the law, yet they were judging Him falsely and wanted to kill Him. These men were not Messiah observant.
John 7:20 The people answered and said, You have a devil: who goes about to kill you?
Blasphemy of Ruach HaKodesh. At this time in history, this was the unforgivable sin. Attributing the works of Ruach HaKodesh to Satan.
John 7:21-22 Yeshua (Jesus) answered and said to them, I have done one work, and you all marvel. Moses therefore gave to you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and you on the Sabbath day circumcise a man.
The law required circumcision. The law required observance of the Sabbath. Circumcision was still performed on Shabbat because it took precedence. Circumcision precedes in time the Sabbath law also.
Gal 3:17-19 What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by G-d, so as to nullify the promise. For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but G-d has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.
John 7:23 Now if a child can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath?
He healed and these men wanted to judge Him falsely.
John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Judge correctly. Let us not us judge others by the precepts of false men.