Bible Proficiency Project
Week 12, 3/23 - 3/28, 2020

I.     Monday — John 7:1-24  Jesus’ Brothers

1.     At this point, Jesus is coming toward the final year of His life. Opposition continues to grow and the Jews

       are seeking to find an opportunity to kill Him. What was Jesus’ brothers' position concerning Him?

2.    What is the Feast of Tabernacles and how long does it last?

3.    Why does Jesus wait to go to the Feast and then go secretly?

4.    What does it mean in v. 15 that “this man knows letters?”

5.    What hypocrisy did Jesus appeal to concerning the Sabbath in speaking to the Jews?

II.    Tuesday — John 7:25-52  Feast of the Tabernacles

1.     What do we learn about Jesus from v. 30 as to why the Jews could not harm Him?

2.    What was the argument in v. 31 by those who did believe Jesus was the Christ?

3.    In Jesus’ teaching of the rivers of living water, what do we learn about the coming of the Holy Spirit?

4.    What was the Pharisees’ view of the people?

III.   Wednesday — John 7:53-8:11  Adultery Forgiven

1.     What is the significance of the Mount of Olives in Jesus’ life?

2.    What are some of the inconsistencies of the Pharisees bringing the woman caught in adultery to Jesus?

3.    Why did Jesus not declare that this woman should be stoned?

4.    How should we apply Jesus’ response to the woman in v. 11 to those who have sinned around us?

IV.  Thursday – John 8:12-59  Jesus’ Defense

1.     Given Jesus is teaching during the Feast of Tabernacles is there any connection of Jesus calling Himself

       the Light of the World and God with Israel in the Wilderness?

2.    How would you respond to someone who says many paths lead to God based on v. 24?

3.    According to v. 31, what is necessary to be a disciple?

4.    What is the difference between being a descendant from Abraham and being one of his children?

5.    What is significant about Jesus saying in v. 58 before Abraham was, I AM?

V.    Friday — John 9:1-41  The Light of the World

1.     What is the connection between Jesus as the light of the world and His restoring sight to the blind man?

2.    Why were the parents of the man who received sight afraid?

3.    What was the thing that made the man who received his sight marvel in v. 30?

4.    How does Jesus deny or confirm that He is the Christ to the man who was cast out of the synagogue?

VI.   Saturday —John 10:1-21  The Good Shepherd

1.     What is the kind of life that Jesus says we are to have in abundance in v. 10?

2.    What is the central quality that reveals the Good Shepherd’s ownership of His sheep?

3.    What is the act of the Good Shepherd that sets Him apart as the genuine Shepherd?

4.    Who has the power to take Jesus’ life?

ANSWERS

I.      Monday

1.      The key to understanding the words of Jesus’ relatives here is found in v. 5 which says for even His brothers did not believe

        in Him. Thus, these words should be taken in a derogatory fashion essentially saying “if You want the whole world to know

        your great works, why hide in Galilee?

2.     This was a festival that remembered their dwelling in tents in the wilderness. It lasted a week. In Jesus' time, it was also tied

        to a thanksgiving feast for the harvest.

3.     It says in v. 1 that He did not walk openly in Judea because the Jews sought to kill Him. It would seem that Jesus enters

        Jerusalem to avoid any traps along the way to take His life. He comes to worship in Jerusalem because, even as the Son of

        God, He desires the act of the worship of God to be the primary occasion for the people gathering in Jerusalem and not

        desiring to draw attention to Himself as an oddity (the way the people viewed Him) He enters secretly. Only when His office

        compels Him to step forward and speak the truth does He come forward.

4.     Jesus was viewed by the Pharisees as an untrained or unlearned man and yet shows a depth of the knowledge of the 

        Scriptures beyond that of the learned men.

5.     They embrace the sacrament which is a sign of a man being made whole (being restored to life) in God, but they condemn

        Jesus for doing that which also restores a man’s life on the Sabbath.

II.     Tuesday

1.      This is a demonstration that Jesus was in control of everything that happened to Him. Thus God’s sovereignty in Jesus is

        revealed.

2.     We see the many and incredible miracles and works being done by Jesus, are we supposed to believe that the Christ will

        do even more than this? In John 10:25 Jesus says the works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.

3.     That this particular pouring out of the Holy Spirit will be qualitatively different and will not happen until after Jesus’

        resurrection and in particular His ascension and being seated upon the throne in heaven. In John 16:7 Jesus said that He

        had to go away (His ascension into heaven) because if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will

        send Him to you.

4.     That because the crowd did not agree with the Pharisees in their view of whom Jesus was they were deceived or too stupid

        to know better. This is a great illustration of academic arrogance. We see this particularly in the political left who think only

        they are smart enough to determine what is good for the people of society, and that does not include a belief in God.

III.    Wednesday

1.      Jesus made numerous visits there to retreat to pray and rest. The Mount of Olives received its name because of the olive

        trees that covered this ridge that the village of Bethany where Lazarus, Mary, and Martha resided was on its eastern slope.

        The road from Bethany to Jerusalem traversed through the Mount of Olives. It takes on great significance in Jesus’ final

        week as John records three episodes of importance taking place there: the Triumphal Entry would have begun in Bethany

        and gone through the Mount to Jerusalem; the second was the Olivet Discourse where Jesus answers the disciples’

        question of when will these things come to be in Matthew 24 & 25, and the third would be Jesus’ arrest as He had retreated

        there and it was there that Judas led the soldiers to arrest Him.

2.     Only the woman is brought and not the man. They bring her to Jesus and not the authorities. Their motive was not for

        righteousness but to find something to which they might accuse Jesus of fault.

3.     This is a more subtle point, but in John 3:17 it is said Jesus did not come to condemn. Jesus' office to which He was

        anointed was to be Savior and not judge this first coming. The Jews were asking Him to officially speak as a judge in this

        case. Jesus does not respond with a verdict but rather simply points to the demands of the Law itself with regards to who is

        to carry out the sentence. However, Jesus also appeals to their own sinfulness in acting self-righteously.

4.     Jesus sets the pattern for us to be of a forgiving versus condemning spirit while at the same time not downplaying sin. We

        are to forgive but also call to repentance and faith that the sinner may receive forgiveness unto godliness.

IV.    Thursday

1.      God revealed Himself as a pillar of light in the wilderness to protect the Israelites from Pharaoh’s army and as a guide going

        before them in the day. Jesus' reference to Himself as the Light of the world was an appeal again to His divine roll in

        leading the people from darkness into God’s deliverance.

2.     Jesus only offers one solution by which one may find deliverance from the consequence of sin which is eternal death and

        that is to believe in Jesus as Savior. All other views will leave one in their sins. Even with the variant views of Christianity,

        people must be believing in the Jesus of the Bible and not one of their own inventions.

3.     To abide in God’s word.

4.     A descendant is by blood, a child of Abraham is to share the faith of Abraham (spiritual vs. physical).

5.     Jesus is flat out saying that He existed before Abraham and that in fact, He is the I AM (Yahweh)  of Moses burning bush.

V.     Friday —

1.      Just as Jesus gives physical sight to the blind man He gives spiritual sight to the sinner.

2.     The Pharisees put anyone who said anything positive about Jesus out of the synagogue.

3.     That the Pharisees could not figure out that Jesus was the Christ come from God and doing God’s will.

4.     He plainly says I am the Son of God standing before you – v. 37

VI.    Saturday

1.      Spiritual/eternal life.

2.     They hear Him.

3.     He lays down His life for the sheep – v.11, 15, 17, 18.

4.     Verse 18 – Jesus only offers His life and lays it down willingly. This can be understood as the active obedience of Jesus.

        Passive would be He allowed others to take His life so that He would be viewed as a victim or martyr.