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His Third Year of Ministry: Rejection (part 2) The Gospels Merged

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Section 62 – The Pharisees Demand a Sign

      (Mt. 16:1-4; Mk. 8:11-13)

1 The Pharisees and Saducees approached, 2 and began to argue with Him, 1 and to test Him, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven.
But He replied to them, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red;’ and in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ –You know how to interpret the apperance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” 2 Groaning deeply in His spirit, He said, “Why does this generation seek a miraculous sign? 1 –An evil and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but 2 I tell you the truth: no sign will be given to this generation, 1 except the sign of Jonah.” 2 And leaving them, He boarded the boat again, and went away to the other side.

Section XX – The Yeast of the Pharisees

      (Mt. 16:5-12; Mk. 8:14-21)

1 Now when the disciples reached the other side of the sea, 2 they had forgotten to bring bread, and did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat. 1 And Jesus 2 warned them, saying, 1 “Watch out! –and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Saducees, 2 and the yeast of Herod.” 1 –So they discussed this among themselves, saying, “It is because we did not bring any bread.” 2 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, 1 “You of little faith! –Why do you discuss among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 2 Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? ‘Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear?’ –And do you not remember, when I broke up the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?” They said to Him, “Twelve.” –“And when I broke the seven for the four thousand; how many baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?” They said to Him, “Seven.”
So He said to them, “Do you not yet understand?” 1 How is it that you fail to understand that I was not speaking to you about bread? Rather, beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Saducees.” –Then they understood that He was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Saducees.

Section 63 – A Blind Man at Bethsaida is Healed

      (Mk. 8:22-26)

2 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought a blind man to Jesus and begged Him to touch him. Taking the blind man by the hand, He led him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see men –but they look like trees walking around.”
So once again Jesus put His hands on his eyes. Then he looked intently and was restored, and he began to see everything clearly. And He sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.”

Section 64 – Jesus Goes to the Feast of Booths

      (Jn. 7:2-10)

4 Now the feast of the Jews –the Feast of Booths– was near. So His brothers said to Him, “Leave here and go into Judea, so that Your disciples there may also see Your works which You are doing –for no one acts in secret if he wants to be known publicly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.” –for not even His brothers were believed in Him.
So Jesus said to them, ” My time has not yet come, but the time is always right for you. The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify that its deeds are evil. Go ahead up to the feast yourselves; I am not go up to this feast yet, because My time has not yet fully come.” Having said these things to them, He stayed in Galilee.
However, after His brothers had gone up to the feast, then He also went up –not openly in public view, but in secret.

Section 65 – Jesus Teaches at the Feast

      (Jn. 7:11-24)

4 So the Jews were looking for Him at the feast, and were saying, “Where is He?”
There was alot of whispering among the crowds concerning Him. Some said, “He is a good man”; while others said, “No –on the contrary– He leads the people astray.” But no one spoke of Him openly, for fear of the Jews.
Now about half way through the feast, Jesus went up to the temple court and began to teach. As a result the Jews were surprised, saying, “How did this man become so learned, without having studied?”
So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone chooses to do His will, he will discover whether the teaching is of God or whether I speak from Myself. He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him –He is true; and there is no falsehood in Him. Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet not one of you keeps the Law? Why are you trying to kill Me?”
The crowd answered, ” You have a demon! Who is trying to kill You?”
Jesus answered them, “I did one deed, and you are all amazed! –For this reason Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a male. If a male receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath? –Do not judge according to outward appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Section xx – Is Jesus the Messiah?

      (Jn. 7:25-52)

4 So some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? And look: He is speaking openly, and they are not saying a word to Him. Is it possible that the rulers have concluded that this truly is the CMessiah? –However, we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah appears, no one will know where He comes from.”
Therefore Jesus proclaimed as He taught in the temple court, saying, “Do you both know Me and know where I come from? –I have not come of My own accord, but He who sent Me is true; and Him you do not know –but I know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent Me.”
So they attempted to arrest Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. But many of the crowd believed in Him, and they said, “When the Messiah comes, won’t He perform more miraculous signs than this man has done?”
The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering these things about Him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest Him. So Jesus said, “I will be with you a little while longer,and then I go to Him who sent Me. You will look for Me but you will not find Me; where I am, you cannot come.”
Then the Jews said to each other, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find Him? He is not about to go to our people scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks, is He? What did this statement mean when He said, ‘You will seek Me, and will not find Me,’ and ‘where I am, you cannot come’?”
Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘Out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ” However, He said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive –for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet glorified.
So when some of the people heard these words, they said, “This man is certainly the Prophet!”
Others were saying, “This is the Messiah.” But others said, “Surely the Messiah doesn’t come from Galilee, does He? Doesn’t the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” –So the crowd was divided because of Him. Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him.
Meanwhile, the temple guards returned to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, “Why did you not bring Him in?” The officers answered, “Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks!”
So the Pharisees responded, “You have not also been deceived, have you? No one of the rulers or the Pharisees has believed in Him, has he? But this mob –which does not know the Law– is accursed.”
Nicodemus (who had gone to Jesus before, being one of them) said to them, “Our Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing –does it?”
They answered him, “You are not also from Galilee, are you? Search, and you will see that a prophet does not arise out of Galilee.”


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Section 67 – The Woman Caught in Adultery

      D Jn. 7:53-8:11

4 [Then everyone went to his own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
At dawn He came again into the temple court, and all the people were came to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and standing her in the center of the court, they said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. –Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women –so, what then do You say?”
They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him.
But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger. But when they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
When they heard this, they began to go away one by one, beginning with the older ones, until Jesus was the only one left with the woman, still standing in the middle of the court.
Standing up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, Lord,” she said.
“Neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus. “Go your way. –From now on sin no more.”]


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Section 68 – The Validity of Jesus’ Testimony

      (Jn. 8:12-59)

4 Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
So the Pharisees said to Him, “You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to Ehuman standards; I am not judging anyone. But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it –but it is I with the Father, who sent Me. And even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is valid. I am One who testifies about Myself –and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.”
So they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father –if you knew Me, you would know My Father also.” He spoke these words in the treasury, as He taught in the temple –yet no one arrested Him, because His hour had not yet come.
Then He said to them again, “I am going away, and you will look for Me and you will die in your sin –where I am going, you cannot come.”
So the Jews said, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He –since He says, ” Where I am going, you cannot come’?”
And He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. That is why I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
So they asked Him, “Who are You?” Jesus said to them, “Just what have I been telling you from the beginning. I have many things to say about you, and much to condemn –but He who sent Me is true, and I declare to the world the things which I heard from Him.”
They did not realize that He was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own authority, but I speak these things just as the Father taught Me. And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, because I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”
As He said these things, many came to believe in Him.
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly My disciples –and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone –how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, I tell you the truth: everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. Now a slave does not remain in the house permanently; but the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s descendants –yet you seek to kill Me, because My word finds no place in you.
“I tell you the things which I have seen while with My Father; and you also do the things which you heard from your father.”
They replied and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, then do the deeds of Abraham; but as it is, you are seeking to kill Me –a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are doing the deeds of your father.”
They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication –we have one Father: God!”
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, because I proceeded forth from God, and I have come here –for I have not come on My own, but He sent Me.
“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to hear My word. You are of your father –the devil– and you want to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks according to his own nature –for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me!
“Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why don’t you believe Me? Whoever belongs to God hears the words of God –for this reason you do not hear them, because you do not belong to God.”
The Jews answered Him, “Are we not right in saying that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. Yet I do not seek My own glory –but there is One seeking it, and judging all. Truly, I tell you the truth: if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.”
The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham died, and so did the prophets –yet You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste death.’ Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died too! Whom do You make Yourself out to be?”
Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; My Father is the One who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ And you have not come to know Him –but I know Him. If I said that I do not know Him, I would be a liar like you –but I do know Him and I keep His word. Your forefather Abraham rejoiced that he was going to see My day –and he saw it and was glad.”
“You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to Him, “and You have seen Abraham?!”
Jesus said to them, “Truly, I tell you the truth: before Abraham was born, I AM.”
At this, they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.

Section 69 – Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

      (Jn. 9:1-41)

4 As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, so that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents –but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”
Having said this, He spat on the ground, and made mud of the spittle, and put the mud on the man’s eyes. “Go,” He said to him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is, translated, “Sent”). So he went there and washed, and came back seeing.
So the neighbors, and those who used to see him as a beggar, were saying, “Isn’t this man the one who used to sit and beg?”
Some said, “This is he”; while others said, “No –but he looks like him.”
But he kept saying, “I am the man.”
So they were saying to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He replied, “The man called Jesus made mud, and put it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went there and washed –and then I could see.”
“Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said.
They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened his eyes was a Sabbath. So the Pharisees also asked him again how he received his sight. And he said to them, “He applied mud to my eyes, and I washed, and now I see.”
Some of the Pharisees were saying, “This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath” –but others were saying, “How can a sinful man do such miraculous signs?” So there was a division among them.
So they spoke to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him –since He opened your eyes?” And he said, “He is a prophet.”
But the Jews still did not believe that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the man’s parents.
“Is this your son, who you say was born blind?” they asked them. How is it, then, that he now can see?”
His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind –but how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him. He is of age –he will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews –for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah, he would be put out of the synagogue. That is why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
So a second time they called the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God,” they said to him; “We know that this man is a sinner.” He then replied, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know –that though I was blind, now I see!”
So they said to him, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” He answered them, “I told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You don’t want to become His disciples also, do you?”
Then they insulted him and said, “You are His disciple –but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses; but as for this guy –we don’t even know where He is from.”
The man answered and said to them, “Well! This is an amazing thing! –that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
They replied to him, “You were born entirely in sin –and do you presume to teaching us?” And they threw him out.
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when He found him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “Who is He, Sir –that I may believe in Him?”
Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him –and He is the one who is talking with you.” And he said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Him.
Then Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”
Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were ‘blind,’ you would have no guilt for sin –but since you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt for sin remains.

(John 10:1-21) 4 “Truly, I tell you the truth: he who does not enter into the sheep pen by the door –but climbs in some other way– he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.
“To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he brings out all of his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they won’t follow a stranger –but will run away from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus told them this illustration, but they did not understand what He was saying to them.
So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, I tell you the truth: I am the door for the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved –and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd –nor the owner of the sheep– sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and runs away –and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father –and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice; and there shall be one flock with one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, so that I may take it up again. No one can take it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”
Then there was a division among the Jews again because of these words. Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?”
But others said, “These are not the sayings of one who is demon-possessed. –A demon cannot open the eyes of blind men, can he?”

Section 70 – The Feast of Dedication

      (Jn. 10:22-42)

4 Then the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews surrounded Him, saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered them, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name testify concerning Me –but you do not believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father (who has given them to Me) is greater than all –and no one can snatch them out of the Father’s hand. —I and the Father are one.”
Again the Jews picked up stones to stone Him. Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father –for which of them are you stoning Me?”
The Jews answered Him, “We are not going to stone You for a good work , but for blasphemy –and because You, a mere man, make Yourself out to be God.”
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, F ‘I said, you are gods’? –If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say to Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not do the works of My Father, then don’t believe Me; but if I do them, –even though you do not believe Me– believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”
Because of this, they were again trying to seize Him, but He escaped their grasp. Then He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He stayed there. Many came to Him and said, “Though John performed no miraculous sign, yet everything John said about this man was true.” –And many believed in Him there.


Notes: Sec.57- AEx. 16:4; Neh. 9:15; BIsa. 54:13; Jer. 31:34; Sec.65- CHeb. is “Messiah” or “Christ” in Gk. –both terms meaning “Anointed One”; Sec.67 – DThese 12 verses from John are not in the earliest and most reliable manuscripts; Sec.68- ELit. “the flesh” in Gk.; Sec.70- FPs. 82:6;


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