Thoughts and questions, w. b. 21/6/20
There are 3 annual feasts that the Jews attended, namely the feast of Passover, the feast of Weeks (or Pentecost), and the one mentioned here, the feast of Tabernacles. This one was where they remembered the 40 years travelling in the wilderness under the direction of God with Moses as their leader – see Leviticus 23:33-36.
- On reading though this Bible passage, what, would you say, jumps out to you?
- It seems very early on in Jesus’ ministry, but the Jews are already trying to kill Him. Why could this be? – v1
- John suggests that at this time Jesus was not with His disciples. Why do you think that Jesus was in Galilee? – v3 (see v9)
- How do you understand the suggestion here that Jesus was doing ‘miracles’, which His brothers knew about, but they ‘did not believe in Him’? – v3 and v5
- There are two references to being ‘in secret’ (v4 and v10). What are your thoughts on these verses?
John paints the picture all the way through his Gospel that Jesus is in complete control of circumstances at all times.
- In what ways do you understand ‘the right time’ for Jesus? – v6 and v8
See also John 2:4
- Elsewhere in the Bible we see Mordecai saying to Esther that she is in that place ‘for such a time as this’ (Esther 4:14). Do you ever think that you are where you are today because that is where God has placed you? Why/why not?
- If yes to the above, does this apply to your home, your town, your church, or more than one?
- What are you learning (if anything) about God during this unusual time?
- By not attending the Church fellowship as you used to, have you been drawn closer to God, moved further away from God, or are you about the same?