Bible Study – John Chapter 7 Verses 31-40
John 7:31 – And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done? Contrast to the leaders, many of the Jewish people believed because of the miracles Jesus performed. Even when the gospel meets with opposition there may yet be a great deal of good done. These were Jewish leaders who did not believe whereas the Samaritans did. A weak faith may be true faith and accepted by the Lord. The listeners were asking among themselves, if this is not the Christ, will Christ do more miracles than he that is claiming to be Christ?
John 7:32 – The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him. The Jewish leaders decided earlier that they wanted to kill Jesus, but this is the first real attempt for His life. The design of the Pharisees and chief priests against Jesus was the provocation was given them was hearing that the people murmured. That’s all they wanted to hear to justify what they were planning on doing to Jesus. In today’s Christian community there are many leaders who murmur against the pastor, the one who has been called and sent by God and other congregants hear it whose faith is not as strong as the one whose murmuring against their pastor and it weakens their faith. When there is a problem with the pastor or other leaders, go to God in prayer, tell Him about it, and wait until you hear from Him before you say or do any actions. Weakening someone else faith by what we say; we will be held accountable for it. God will give you instructions on what to say or do.
John 7:33 – Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. Jesus’ time on earth was limited; soon He would be crucified and then ascend to the Father. His life was not determined by the Jewish religious leaders, but by the Father. Jesus was telling His listeners “When I have done my work with you, not until then, will I go to Him that sent me”. As Christians, we suffer in this world through persecution, rejection, loneliness and, hurt, but we can be comforted, we have a God we’re going to go to. The very One that saved you, baptized you, filled you with the Holy Spirit, ordained you and sent you to His people, to minister, to witness you will be rewarded by the God who sent you.
John 7:34 – Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. Jesus was informing them; once I leave, you will seek me and cannot find me. I’m going to the Father, the kingdom of God is for a prepared people. The leaders were rejecting Jesus, they weren’t prepared to go to where He was going to be with the Father. Their unbelief and rejection of Him were blocking them from heaven. Once Jesus left He would be in heaven; the people would not be able to come to Him there, they needed to seek Him while they could find Him.
John 7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? Will he go unto dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? The Jews asking among themselves where could Jesus go and they couldn’t find Him. Although they didn’t accept Him or His teaching, they wondered if He would go to the Gentiles and teach them, perform miracles with them. They didn’t want Him, but they didn’t want the Gentiles to have Him either.
John 7:36 – What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye, shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come? The Jewish leader didn’t comprehend what Jesus was saying; not believing in who He said He was, they didn’t think about He was going back to His Father when He made the statement He was leaving and they would not be able to find Him.
John 7:37 – 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. The last day of the feast, Jesus desire was that all might take notice, and take of this invitation so He cried out to them those who were earnestly seeking the truth to come to Him and drink. On the last day of the feast, the people marched seven times around the altar in memory of the seven circuits around the wall of Jericho. Perhaps at the very moment that the priest was pouring water on the altar, Jesus’ voice rings out “If anyone thirst come to Him”. The invitation was let him come to Jesus as the fountain of living water.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me as the scripture hath said, out of his belly, shall flow rivers of living water. In contrast to the small amount of water poured out each day during the feast, there will be a river of water coming out of those who believe in Jesus Christ. Not only will they be satisfied themselves, but they will also become a river so that others may drink and be satisfied.
John 7:39 – But this spake he of the Spirit which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified. Jesus uses the term “living water” to indicate eternal life. Here He uses the term to refer to the Holy Spirit; the two go together; wherever the Holy Spirit is accepted, He brings eternal life.
John 7:40 – Many of the people therefore when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth, this is the Prophet. They were familiar with the Scripture where Moses predicted that “the Prophet”, the seed of David would come. These people knew that the Messiah was to come from Bethlehem, however, they did not know that Jesus had been born there. They thought He was from Galilee, they knew the Scripture, but they did not take the time to know the Messiah.