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John 7 Final–Facing Drunk and Blind Shepherds

Sometimes it is a bit of a struggle to grasp the mind of God.  In John 3, we learned that God so loved us that He gave His only Son.  Jesus went on to tell us that He came into the world not to condemn it, but that the folks would be saved.  Here, in John 7, our friend John is focusing on the frustration Jesus truly felt for the religious leaders.

Here on earth, God became flesh and dwelt among men.  He located himself in the land that He cleared and gave to His chosen people.  Now, as Jesus was pouring out the ministry and promise of the Abrahamic covenant; the men that were the “Best trained” to know it were completely missing it.  

Further, these men that were the religious leaders and shepherds.  What Jesus experienced was that the shepherds were so focused on their appearance and lists of rules, that they had completely given up on watching their sheep.  The sheep were now being gobbled up by a world of wolves.

Emmanuel now was at a crossroads.  He simply laid the truth before these wicked and clueless shepherds. They do not get that salvation sits at their feet.  They will never understand and will never receive it.  They stare God in the eyes and dream only of killing Him; not receiving Him.

In the current day, many churches are filled with “Religious leaders” that are as blind and lost as were the religious leaders.  They know the right words and do the right things. Sadly, they have no clue on how to accept God’s gift of life and simply walk humbly with Him.  It is our hope that we can simply walk with and trust our Lord that gives life and purpose.

God Bless You

Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? 26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? 27 But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” 28 So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. 29 I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” 30 So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”

Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. 33 Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. 34 You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.” 35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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