19 July 2014

John 7:1-13

“Jesus said to them, ‘My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.’” (v. 6)


The Feast of Booths (or tabernacles) is a major festival of thanksgiving for harvest. It also recalls the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt and the subsequent years in the wilderness and God's provision for the people (see the Book of Exodus). The festival lasts a week and involves pilgrimage to Jerusalem. For seven days pilgrims were to live in booths (or tents) as a vivid reminder of the wilderness years.

In John's Gospel Jesus uses the words "the world" to speak of life organised over against God: "The world cannot hate you but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil" (v. 7).

Having said he wouldn't go to the festival Jesus later goes quietly and listens in to the various views about him, but he does not reveal himself.

To Ponder

  • Have there been times when you have taken a stand against "the world"? What happened?
  • Jesus has a clear sense of there being a right (and wrong) time for his death, Resurrection and exaltation (verse 6). How do you discern the right time to speak or act?

Bible notes author

The Revd Will Morrey

Will Morrey is a Methodist minister (presbyter) currently serving as Faith Communities Adviser for Action for Children, the children's charity of the Methodist Church. After appointments in Devon and Yorkshire, most of his ministry has been in Wales including university and RAF chaplaincies.