|Jesus Walked in Galilee
(John 7:1-10) 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.
Then Jesus said unto 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.
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. (KJV)
Following the rejection of the disciples in Capernaum, Jesus spent His time in Galilee, rather than
in Judea. Those in Judea had not only turned away, they were seeking to kill Jesus.
Sometimes we fail to note the danger which Jesus experienced while walking on this earth.
Those in Judea sought Jesus’ life at every opportunity. Jesus was constantly walking with the
threat of those who would take His life. Yet, He continued His work. He walked with courage, and
faith in God.
(Matthew 26:3-5) Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders
of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that
they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be
an uproar among the people. (KJV)
(Luke 22:1-6) Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And
the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. Then
entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went
his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto
them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought
opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude. (KJV)
(John 5:14-18) Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art
made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. The man departed, and told the
Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. And therefore did the Jews persecute
Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But
Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the
more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his
Father, making himself equal with God. (KJV)
(John 7:19-27) Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go
ye about to kill me? The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill
thee? Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel. Moses
therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye
on the sabbath day circumcise a man. If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that
the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every
whit whole on the sabbath day? Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous
judgment. Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? But, lo,
he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the
very Christ? Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man
knoweth whence he is. (KJV)
(John 8:37-40) I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word
hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye
have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus
saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now
ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not
Jesus’ brothers encouraged Him to go to Judea for the Feast of the Tabernacles. What He did
should not be done in secret, if He wished to be known openly. He needed to show Himself to the
world. He needed to do the same miracles in Judea that He was doing in Galilee.
The reason His brothers encouraged Him to go to Judea was because they did not believe in
Him. It is almost like they wanted Him to die – they thought that the people of Judea were right.
Many of Jesus friends and relatives did not believe in Him.
(Mark 3:20-22) And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as
eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He
is beside himself. And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub,
and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. (KJV)
Jesus’ time to die had not yet come. Not only would that have been the time for Him to die, but
also the time for Him to carry out the will of the Father. The time for the consummation of the plan
of salvation had not yet come. However, the time for sin to carry the day – the time for men to rebel
against God had already arrived, and was always at hand. That is why the world could not hate
them, they were in and of the world. However, the world hated Jesus because He rebuked,
reproved and condemned it, because it was evil. That is why the people of Judea sought to kill
(John 15:18-20) If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were
of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have
chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said
unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also
persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (KJV)
Jesus told His brothers to go the feast. They would find people there like them. But, Jesus would
not go up to the feast – yet. It was not yet time for Him to die. He did not say that He would not go.
He said He would not go at the same time as His brethren.
After Jesus told His brothers this, He stayed in Galilee. But, after His brothers went to the feast in
Judea, Jesus went secretly to the feast in Judea, at Jerusalem.
(Matthew 5:10-12) Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs
is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and
shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:
for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before