“Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept my teaching.”
To whom was Jesus speaking? Why did they not accept his teaching?
How do people fail to understand Jesus’ words today?
“But he replied, ‘Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?'”
Jesus made his decision early in life to please the Father and do his will.
Where are you? Starting now, when is your earliest opportunity?
“So all the people departed to eat and drink and to share their food with others and to enjoy tremendous joy, for they had gained insight in the matters that had been made known to them.”
Returning to Israel, the people heard the word of God and celebrated the feast.
How does understanding God’s will contribute to our joy?
“You must not do like we are doing here today, with everyone doing what seems best to him, for you have not yet come to the final stop and inheritance the Lord your God is giving you.”
Moses told Israel how to worship God once they arrived in the promised land.
What seems best to man is seldom if ever what God wants. Why is that?
“Though I have many other things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink, but I hope to come visit you and speak face to face, so that our joy may be complete.”
2 John 12
The phrase is literally “mouth to mouth.” Some things are best communicated in person.
What are the spiritual benefits of physically being present together?
“No king before or after repented before the Lord as he did, with his whole heart, soul, and being in accordance with the whole law of Moses.”
2 Kings 23.25
King Josiah totally destroyed all the altars and places of idolatry in his kingdom, after reading the rediscovered law, chap. 22.
Have we removed all idols in our lives, with our whole heart, soul, and being? If not, what remains?