Understanding the Scriptures
|Fifteen furlongs off (v. 18)||About 2,800 meters away (1 3/4 miles)|
|Expedient (v. 50)||Necessary, proper|
|Abroad (v. 52)||Outside of Israel|
John 11:55—“To Purify Themselves”
Before participating in the sacred Passover meal and sacrifices, men and women would follow certain practices to make themselves ceremonially clean. This included washing in a specific way, not touching anything dead or unclean according to the law of Moses, and following other rules put in place by Jewish leaders over the years. Some demonstrated their hypocrisy when they were trying to have Jesus crucified. They were careful not to become “unclean” even as they thirsted for His innocent blood (see John 18:28).
Studying the Scriptures
Do either activity A or B as you study John 11.
Finish the Sentences
Write in your notebook the following sentences that tell the story of Lazarus, and complete them the best you can using the information you read in John 11.
When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick …
Jesus waited two days before going to Bethany because …
When Jesus got to Bethany, Lazarus …
Martha believed that …
Jesus wept because …
Jesus prayed aloud to the Father because …
After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, many Jews … , but some Jews …
What impresses me most about this story is …
Write a News Release
The reaction of Jewish leaders to Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is found in John 11:47–54. Imagine that newspapers existed at that time and use those verses to help you respond to the following:
Write what you think Caiaphas would have said if asked by a Roman newspaper to give his thoughts about Jesus and His ministry.
What do you think Caiaphas would have stated for a local Jewish language newspaper he thought the Romans would not read.
What do you think Caiaphas was most worried about?
Give a modern example of how someone your age might be kept from a closer relationship with God for the same basic reason that Caiaphas was kept from having a strong testimony and relationship with God.
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