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He Shall Know
the Doctrine

John 7:11-26
(John 7:11-26) Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where
is he?

And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him:
for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth
the people. Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.
Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and

And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having
never learned?

Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that
sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine,
whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of
himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent
him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

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?  (KJV)

At the Feast of the Tabernacles, the people of Judea sought Jesus in Jerusalem, asking, Where is
He? Proving Jesus’ suspicions correct.

The fact that the Jews could not locate Jesus did not keep the people from talking about Him
under their breath, and in private. Some thought that He was a good man, others did not, thinking
that He was deceiving the people. But, no one spoke about Jesus (and especially for Him) openly,
because they feared what the Jews would do to them.

About mid-way through the feast Jesus went up to the temple and taught. He went to the feast
secretly, but He was not in hiding. He stood bravely and boldly teaching the will of God.

The Jews were amazed at the doctrine of Jesus. How does this man know so much, never being
educated in the schools of the Jews? (Much the same as many today are amazed that one knows
the Scriptures without attending a preacher training school, or a Bible college.)

The answer was that His teaching was God’s teaching, and did not originate with Him. If they
would do the will of God, they would know whether this doctrine was from God, or if Jesus was
merely talking about Himself. If He spoke of and by Himself, He would be seeking His own glory,
but He was speaking of the glory of God, and in doing so He was doing what was right in the sight
of God. Which He stated negatively.

Their character is revealed not merely in their response to His teaching. They had already
revealed it in their response to the Law of Moses. They did not keep the law, but they were ready to
kill Jesus for violating it in their minds (healing on the Sabbath).

The response of the people to this statement is amazing. They accuse Jesus of having, or being
possessed by a devil. In essence, they accuse Him of lying. Who is trying to kill Him? Yet, they
themselves would not speak out loud about Jesus because they feared what the Jews would do
to them. If they thought the Jews would do them harm, what did they think they would do to Jesus?
Jesus did one thing on the Sabbath and everyone is out of sorts. Moses gave the people the
covenant of circumcision (although it really wasn’t Moses, the covenant had been made with
Abraham and passed down to Moses), and they (the Jews) circumcised a man on the Sabbath.
They mutilate the genitals of a man on the Sabbath in order to keep the Law of Moses, yet they are
upset because Jesus because He restored a man’s infirmity on the Sabbath, and made him
whole? What sense does that make? You can cut a man, but you cannot heal him.

There is nothing wrong with using the mental senses that God has blessed us with. We are made
an individual of free-will. We can, and should exercise judgment; but, we need to exercise it
correctly. We must reason logically. Do not deal in rumor and innuendo. Do not jump to
conclusion. Do not judge a book by its cover. Do not be prejudice (do not pre-judge the situation,
or the individual). Get the facts.  Judge righteous judgment.

Then some said, Is not this the one whom they are trying to kill? They had denied that anyone was
trying to kill Him earlier, but now they admit it. Did they not recognize Him as the individual who the
leaders wanted to kill earlier?

They recognize the boldness, the courage, the clarity with which Jesus spoke. If this is Someone
who is falsely claiming the be the Messiah, the Christ, why do they not move against Him? Could it
be, might it be, is it possible that they realize that He is actually the Christ?

Who do you think Jesus is?