Questions/Answers In john chapter 7 Jesus said He wasn’t going to the feast of tabernacles. But He secretly went! Did Jesus lie?

In john chapter 7 Jesus said He wasn’t going to the feast of tabernacles. But He secretly went! Did Jesus lie?

Question 33

IN JOHN CHAPTER 7 JESUS SAID HE WASN'T GOING TO THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES. BUT HE SECRETLY WENT! DID JESUS LIE?

 

 

If Jesus lied, then He would not qualify to be the Messiah. That would mean He sinned. And the law of God is very clear:

Thou shalt not bear false witness. (Exodus 20:16)

Throughout the Bible, both in the Old and in the New

Testament, sin is defined in the same way. After God spoke the Ten

Commandments in the hearing of all the people, Moses told the children of God:

Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. (Exodus 20:20)

John and James and many other Bible writers too defined sin in the same way:

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (1 John 3:4)

Ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

(James 2:9)

If Jesus lied then He would have sinned and that would be the end of the whole plan of salvation!

Look at Jesus' challenge to His enemies, and this was after the

Chapter 7 incident!

Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? (John 8:46)

Also Peter, who was in the inner circle of Christ, wrote of His

Lord:

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.

(1 Peter 2:22)

Christ never sinned. There was no guile, no deception, and no cunningness in His speech. He always spoke the truth. Jesus said of

Himself:

I am the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6)

He is the truth; and the opposite of truth is lie.

What was the discussion in Chapter 7 of John? Let us read the text and analyze.

After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.

Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. For neither did his brethren believe in him. (John 7:1-5)

The feast of Tabernacles was one of the major feasts for the Jews. There were three great feasts among the many that the Jews had to observe in a manner like none other. In Deuteronomy 16:16

God told the children of Israel that all the males, wherever they were scattered on earth, should come to Jerusalem thrice a year.

The rest of the feasts they could skip, but not these three.

Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks,

and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear

before the LORD empty. (Deuteronomy 16:16)

The feast of unleavened bread, which comes in the first month, was the Passover. The feast of weeks is the feast of Pentecost, which comes fifty days after the first fruits. The feast of Tabernacles comes in the seventh month. There was a gap of four to five months between the second and the third feast. We can see the details of this in Leviticus Chapter 23.

In John Chapter 7, Jesus was attending the feast of Tabernacles.

Please notice what his brothers were telling him.

For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. (John 7:4)

They wanted Jesus to go public and show Himself to the world.

Remember this was the feast of Tabernacles, and the Jews from all over the world would gather there. This was the best time, they thought, for Jesus to declare Himself to be the Messiah. But Jesus answered them:

My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.

The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. (John 7:6-8)

When Jesus told them that His "time" was not yet come, which time was He referring to? Throughout Scripture, basically, when

He was referring to time, He was referring to Calvary where He would die for the sins of the whole world. Even when Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus in that secret discourse at night, Jesus pointed to a particular time, and there too He was referring to Calvary. He said:

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:14, 15)

That was the central point of Jesus' ministry, where He would die as the Lamb of God. John the Baptist introduced Jesus as:

The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)

To which part of Jesus' ministry was John referring to? Wasn't he referring to Calvary where Jesus would take the sin of the world upon Himself? So when Jesus told the Jews that my time was not yet come, He was referring to His time of dying.

Also we see Jesus telling Pilate that He came into the world to ultimately go to Calvary.

To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world. (John 18:37)

In John 12 we see Jesus attending another feast. The Bible records:

And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and

telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. (John 12:20 - 22)

And in response:

Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (John 12:23, 24)

This was the feast of the Passover. It was the last Passover Jesus was attending. In fact it was the last valid Passover observance in the history of mankind. Here Jesus said, the "hour was come".

Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. (John 13:1)

Jesus knew that this was the final Passover, and He has to die.

His hour had come to be glorified. The whole world should now know that He was dying for them. That was His point of glorification when He would be hanging as a criminal for our sakes!

The people, the multitude, His own brethren, wanted Jesus to be exalted. They wanted the glamour of Christ to shine across. But He said, "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36). He said He would be famous when He stoops that low to die on Calvary!

When Jesus told his brethren-"My time is not yet come, but your time is always ready", He was referring to His time of crucifixion and glorification on the Cross.

Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. (John 7:8-10)

This is where some people think that Jesus did not speak the truth. But please notice carefully what Jesus said:

Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast.

(John 7:8)

Jesus did not say that He was not going to attend this feast, but He said He was not going up "yet" unto this feast. The feast of

Tabernacle was a seven day feast. The first day of the feast was an important day so was the last day of the feast. It is written:

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein. (Leviticus 23: 34 -36)

Jesus did not attend the first important day of the feast. He was there during the middle of the feast and on the last important day too. That is why He said: "I go not up yet unto this feast". It was a very truthful statement!

Let us now look at the context of the discussion. The context, as we have seen, was that His brethren-who did not believe in Him fully-were telling Him that all should see who He was and that nothing should be done in secret. But Jesus said to that:

My time is not yet full come. (John 7:8)

He would do it, but the time was not yet full come. It was not at the feast of Tabernacles, but it would be the feast of Passover that He would reveal His glory on the Cross! Passover was one of the three great feasts. So it was at one of the three feasts-where all the

Jewish males would come from all countries were they were scattered-

Jesus would show openly who He was, but it was not at the feast of Tabernacles.

When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. (John 7:9, 10)

That was the whole issue. He went, but in secret, and not openly.

He said:

Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast for my time is not yet full come. (John 7:8)

It was not on the first great day of the feast He went up to teach, but in the middle of the feast, and also on the last day.

Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marvelled, saying,

How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

(John 7:14, 15)

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

(John 7:37, 38)

Just before the final Passover Jesus went openly and triumphantly into Jerusalem riding upon an ass, because His time had finally come! (Matthew 21:1-6).

So the discussion in John Chapter 7 was very clear. There was no contradiction at all. His brothers would have otherwise accused Him, as they, till His resurrection, did not believe in Him!

For neither did his brethren believe in him. (John 7:5)

If Jesus made any contradictory statements, they would have immediately caught Him and said "you lied"! They were at the feast too, for all males were required to be there. They knew exactly what He said. His brothers who did not believe in Him at that point believed later, because they knew He not only spoke the truth but was "the truth" Himself! (John 14:6).

In Acts Chapter 1 we see His brothers as His believers. Jesus already died, rose and ascended into Heaven at this point. And the

Bible records:

These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. (Acts 1:14)

There was only truth in what Jesus said in John Chapter 7 in the discussion with His brethren is evident.

 

 

Pastor Michael Pedrin Preaching