Understanding the Scriptures
|Jewry (v. 1)||Judea|
|Every whit (v. 23)||Completely|
|Whence (vv. 27–28)||Where|
|Dispersed (v. 35)||Scattered Israelites|
|Thither (v. 36)||There|
John 7:1, 13, 15, 35, 45–48—Who Were the Jews Who Sought to Kill the Lord?
Jesus had many followers among the Jews (see John 6:2). Those Jews who sought to kill Him were the religious leaders of the Jews, mainly the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus had angered them by performing miracles on the Sabbath day and by claiming that He was literally the Son of God (see John 5:16–18).
John 7:6–9, 30, 33; 8:20—“My Time Is Not Yet Come”
Jesus knew that He was living the last months of His mortal life. He also knew that His mission was not yet complete. His Father in Heaven would sustain His life until He finished all that He had been sent to do. According to the Joseph Smith Translation of John 9:4, the Savior testified, “The time cometh when I shall have finished my work, then I go unto the Father.”
Studying the Scriptures
Do one of the following activities (A or B) as you study John 7.
Underline the Phrases
Have you ever felt alone or as if everyone were against you? Read John 7:1–13 and look for ways in which Jesus might have felt that kind of loneliness.
List the verses that contain phrases showing that Jewish leaders were openly seeking to kill Jesus.
Tell how the situation in John 7:5 might affect how Jesus felt. How might it affect you?
Scripture Mastery—John 7:17
Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, testified, “Your agency, the right to make choices, is not given so that you can get what you want. This divine gift is provided so that you will choose what your Father in Heaven wants for you. That way He can lead you to become all that He intends you to be” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1996, 33; or Ensign, May 1996, 25).
Explain how Elder Scott’s statement helps you understand the meaning of John 7:17.