John, who is not writing a detailed history and is focusing on the teachings of Christ, now jumps forward to the last Feast of Tabernacles observed by Christ in the flesh. As in John 6, where Christ expounded on the symbols of Passover; presenting himself as the Bread of Life eternal for all who faithfully follow him; in John 7, Jesus expounds on the Feast of Tabernacles, showing that Tabernacles represents the pouring out of the Living Waters of the Holy Spirit upon all humanity during the main harvest of mankind AFTER the millennium.
John 7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry [Judea], because the Jews sought to kill him.
7:2 Now the Jew’s feast of tabernacles was at hand. 7:3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 7:4 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.
The friends of Jesus did not understand that he was preparing to make a dramatic public announcement at the Feast.
7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
Jesus then explains that he is hated because he is not of the world. The world loves the worldly and hates the godly minded, who’s teachings and example convicts the conscience of the worldly.
7:6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
Jesus tells them to go up to the Feast while he waits to go up in private
7:8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come. 7:9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.
Jesus goes to the Feast incognito, hiding himself along the way, until he arrives and the crowds at the Feast prevent the religious authorities from laying hold on him.
7:10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
The masses of people talked about him, and the news about Christ became known to all the inhabitants of the land at that Feast.
7:11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? 7:12 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. 7:13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the [leaders of the] Jews.
Jesus revealed himself and began to teach all the people in the temple, about the third or fourth day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
The people were amazed at his doctrine which was new to them and had never been taught before by anyone. They said “How does this man know these things?”
7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters [The things he was teaching that were new, and had not been learned from any other], having never learned [from others]?
Jesus answered them that his teachings were not taught to him by men, but came from God the Father.
7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
All those who are of God the Father, and DO the Father’s will; will understand that the doctrine of Christ is the doctrine of God the Father.
Again the UNITY of Christ with God the Father is manifest; and we are to have the same unity with Christ and with God the Father.
Our unity should be with Christ and God the Father and our doctrine should not be the traditions of men; but the truth of God!
7:17 If any man will do his [God the Father’s] will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
If we stand on the traditions of men; we are of those men! If we stand on the Word of God; we are godly and will recognize the things of God!
7:18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his [God the Father’s] glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
Jesus says that the religious leaders have rejected his word and seek to kill him; knowing that in six months he will die on Passover day.
7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? 7:20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?
The people were amazed that he would heal on the Sabbath day; which was one of the reasons that the Pharisees sought to kill him; for he transgressed their traditions.
7:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel.
7:22 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.
We are to judge with righteousness according to the law; raising the Word of God ABOVE the false traditions of our fathers. Remember the Sabbath Day; to KEEP it HOLY! Remember the Biblical Calendar and the New Moons. Remember the teachings of Jesus Christ and DO THEM.
7:23 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? 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Then some debated who Jesus was
7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 7:26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
Jesus then cries out in the temple before all the people that he is come from God the Father. He says that they know that Christ is from God the Father, yet they do not know God the Father because they are carnally minded.
7:28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me [God the Father] is true, whom ye know not. 7:29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
The elders seek to take him, but restrained themselves for fear of the crowd
7:30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
Many people believed on Christ because of his miracles, yet they did not understand his teachings
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?
The religious leaders being filled with envy, sought to take Christ
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.
Jesus then said that he must remain for a little longer [until the next Passover] and then he would be taken from them to die for them.
Jesus would then be resurrected and taken to sit with God the Father in heaven, where no FLESH can go.
7:33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. 7:34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.
7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? 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?
At this point it is important to understand that when Ezra restored the temple service; a pouring out of water was made at every day of the Feast of Tabernacles, and on the last [Seventh Day] day of Tabernacles, which was called the Last Great Day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus Christ cried out.
This Last Great Day term has caused some confusion, as some have falsely taught that the Last Great Day was the Eighth Day Feast when it was NOT! The Last Great Day was the last [the seventh day] day of Tabernacles.
The Living Water referred to by Christ, was the Holy Spirit that men would receive through sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to “Go and sin no more,” and the application of the sacrifice of Christ.
Each day of the Feast of Tabernacles the High Priest poured out a flask of water, as a demonstration that the eternal High Priest Jesus Christ would pour out God’s Spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28) throughout the entire seven thousand years of the main harvest as represented by the seven day Feast of Tabernacles! At the same time an assistant would pour out a flask of wine, picturing that the sacrificial blood of Christ would be shed by men and that Christ as the Lamb of God would become an atoning sacrifice for the main harvest of humanity, just as he had atoned for the early harvest.
7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast [the seventh day of Tabernacles], Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Jesus Christ the New Covenant High Priest and only Intercessor between humanity and God the Father, shall pour out the Holy Spirit on the SINCERELY REPENTANT; just like the physical High Priest and his assistant poured out the water and the wine representing the Holy Spirit and the sacrificial blood each day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 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.) 7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
The people would have been absolutely amazed at this disruption of the ceremony of Water Pouring [just like a person shouting out during a church service today]; and they would have debated among themselves as to who this man was
7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him.
The security men sent by the Pharisees and priests could not take him, being awed by his words and boldness. Then the security men made their excuses.
7:44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. 7:45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? 7:46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
The Pharisees then said that only the ignorant believed on Christ.
7:47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? 7:48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? 7:49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.
Nicodemus then ruled that the law required an inquiry and trial before any judgment was made. Even this wise position excited the envy of the priests and Pharisees against Christ.
7:50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) 7:51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? 7:52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. 7:53 And every man went unto his own house.
At this point John goes into the last six months of the life of Christ with particular emphasis on the last Passover of Christ.