John 7:10–24 (ESV)
Jesus at the Feast of Booths
10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there was much muttering about him among the people.
While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.
14 About the middle of the feast Jesus
went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone’s
will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in
him there is no falsehood. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did one work,
and you all marvel at it. 22 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry
with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
I find humor in verse 16 when they say “How is it that this
man has learning, when he has never studied?” The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod requires it’s pastors to go to seminary. I agree with this decision, in that I have learned so much background information that I would not have gotten
if I did not go to the seminary. I am proud of the fact that I did graduate with a Master’s of Divinity, but I have to be honest and say that some of the people that really know their bible and the Lutheran teachings are laymen who love the Lord.
In today’s reading, it seems that all the Jews marveled at his teaching. Perhaps it is because Jesus really is God! I love how Jesus weaves in verse 19 which states “Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?”
Jesus is giving a subtle hint at their breaking the of the Fifth Commandment, “Thou Shalt not murder.” Jesus is also teaching them that he is Lord of the Sabbath. He makes a strong case for this in verse 22-23: "Moses gave you circumcision
(not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole
body well? The Law is good, but the Law with compassion and mercy is even better. The Jews think they can earn their way by their righteousness, but we see their true colors when it involves Jesus.
I pray: O Lord, help me to live according to your will, which includes compassion and mercy. Help me to look past people’s imperfections and sins to share the Gospel. Help me to not judge by appearances, but judge with right