Observations and Questions
5:38 – the “for” is significant; it shows the basis by which Jesus knows God’s word doesn’t abide in the Jews: they “do not believe the one whom he has sent.”
- by implication, this means those who abide in God’s word, (in a Psalm 1 sort of way, meditating and delighting in it day and night), would know that Jesus is from God and they’d believe in him. (e.g. the disciples in John 1)
- What is it about God’s self-revelation in the OT and what we’ve seen in Jesus thus far that corresponds so strongly? In other words, in what way in the Son resembling his Father?
5:39 – the Scriptures “bear witness about me”
- Is Jesus mainly saying, “Scripture contains direct prophesy about me?”
- Or he is saying more than that? Is he saying that “all Scripture, that is every book of Scripture, including the main themes, events, people and institutions, finds it’s ultimate meaning as it relates to me?” If this is the case, how should it influence how we read the OT?
- If Jesus means, every book, every major theme, person, event, etc., that would include direct prophecy, but it would entail that much of the OT is indirect prophesy. (e.g. Adam is an example of indirect prophesy; see Romans 5:14; also see what Jesus says about the OT in Matthew 11:13)
5:40 – “you refuse to come to me that you may have life”
- this means that Scripture is God’s Word about his Son. Just like a dad who loves is son and talks about him a lot, Jesus is saying that his Father was speaking about him in the OT over and over and over and over an over from Genesis to Malachi (Chronicles in the Hebrew Bible which is compiled differently than our Bibles).
- not only is Scripture God’s Word about his Son, it’s his Word to look to his Son so that we run to his Son for life. How should this impact our times of reading Scripture?
All thoughts, comments and questions are welcome . . . either on these verses or anything in today’s reading, that being John 5.