Teacher: Rusty Kennedy
10 After his brothers had gone up to the festival, then he also went up, not openly but secretly.
- Festival of Booths/Tabernacles/Shelters.
- Priests would go to the Pool of Siloam from the temple and fill their golden pitchers with water and then return to the temple through the Kidron Valley and pour out the water over the altar at the Temple Mount to symbolize the pouring out of the Spirit.
- Then they would light the golden lampstand in the Holy Place (In front of the veil and Holy of Holies).
- “Lead us not into temptation” – Lights our way.
51 When the days were coming to a close for him to be taken up, he determined to journey to Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers ahead of himself, and on the way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make preparations for him.
- Samaritans were half-breeds and resented Jews.
53 But they did not welcome him, because he determined to journey to Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”
- James & John had been with Jesus at the transfiguration.
55 But he turned and rebuked them, 56 and they went to another village. 
19 A scribe approached him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
20 Jesus told him, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
21 “Lord,” another of his disciples said, “first let me go bury my father.”
22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” 
57 As they were traveling on the road someone (a scribe according to Matthew 8:19) said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 Jesus told him, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 Then he said to another, “Follow me.”
“Lord,” he said, “first let me go bury my father.”
60 But he told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.”
- What if the man’s father had not even died?
- Jewish tradition is that the son had to stay at least 1 year after their father dies.
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” 
- Jewish parents held a funeral for their children if they left the Judaism.
- If you go home… your parents will attempt to “win you back”
- Jesus is calling for complete surrender.
- Obedience comes with a sacrifice.
- Now wonder the workers are few (harvest is plentiful)
11 The Jews were looking for him at the festival and saying, “Where is he?”
- Could he possibly be the Messiah?
- Jesus was actually doing the Messianic Miracles and they were watching everything He did.
12 And there was a lot of murmuring about him among the crowds. Some were saying, “He’s a good man.” Others were saying, “No, on the contrary, he’s deceiving the people.”
- Jesus has already been condemned by Jewish leadership and accused of doing miracles under the power of Beelzubel.
13 Still, nobody was talking publicly about him for fear of the Jews.
14 When the festival was already half over, Jesus went up into the temple and began to teach. 15 Then the Jews were amazed and said, “How is this man so learned, since he hasn’t been trained?”
- How is this possible for the uneducated to speak so eloquently?
- How did Jesus learn? He did not go to any of the Rabbi’s schools. He was taught by God.
- Isaiah 50:4 - The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
- Rabbi Such&Such says this… Rabbi Such&Such says this… different schools of Rabbis.
- Jesus never quotes Rabbis… just God’s Word.
- College generation and pastors are quoting theologians and philosophers more than they are quoting the Scripture… watch it happen.
- How do you know what God’s will is for your life?
- You follow the Spirit.
- How do you know when it is the Spirit of the Lord vs the power of sin?
- You have to know the Father.
- How do you know the Father?
- You have to know His Word.
- The Spirit is not going to lead you to do anything that is contrary to His Word.
- Therefore you can match up what you hear the Spirit of God saying with God’s Word… It will not contradict.
- You will hear people drop that line all the time… “The Spirit told me to…”
- You can many times determine which spirit they are listening to.
- Then you have to listen to the Spirit of God to know if He is leading you to “rebuke” the believer.
18 The one who speaks on his own seeks his own glory; but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
- It is not about you “being happy”… “God, wants me to be happy.”
- It is about being obedient so God is glorified.
- Think about the decisions you make even in difficult relationships…
- “I wonder how much glory God is going to get out of this decision?”
19 Didn’t Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”
- Jesus kept every Law perfectly.
- Jesus tried to break every oral law.
- There is only person who will ever live the Law perfectly.
20 “You have a demon!” the crowd responded. “Who is trying to kill you?”
- They tried to say they were innocent.
21 “I performed one work, and you are all amazed,” Jesus answered.
- John 5 – Jesus healed a paralyzed man and told him to pick up his pallet… on the Sabbath.
- The rabbis circumcised all Jewish baby boys on the 8th day… even if it fell on the Sabbath.
- It was not against the Law for Jesus to heal this man on the Sabbath… just against their Jewish tradition (oral law).
23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses won’t be broken, are you angry at me because I made a man entirely well on the Sabbath? 24 Stop judging according to outward appearances; rather judge according to righteous judgment.”
- Outward appearances – surface issues… symptoms… “He said, she said”.
- Righteous judgment – Root of the issue.
- You need wisdom from a wise person so you can get to the root… not the fruit.
- Getting to the root means dealing with pain and issues… it is work.
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 New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Is 50:4). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.