Just when it seems that Yeshua has made his most provocative statements, we read John 8. In situation after situation, Yeshua places himself in a position of spiritual authority greater than the religious leaders. He makes direct connections between himself and G-d and challenges the authority of the Pharisees. He deals a stunning blow at … Continue reading John 8 – I AM
John 7:32-53 - Today we see all the questions and the debate swirling around whether Yeshua was the Messiah, coming to a head. During the Temple period, on the last day of Sukkot, the High Priest performed an elaborate water ceremony asking God to pour out physical water and the Ruach on the nation. Yeshua's … Continue reading John 7:32-53 – On the last great day
Today's reading (John 7:1-31) expresses the confusion of the whole of Israel when it came to Yeshua's identity. While everyone was unsure - was he, wasn't he the Messiah? - John is showing us, through recounting his miracles and the words of Yeshua himself that spoke to his deity, that this was more than just … Continue reading John 7:1-31 – Do we believe?
Much of this chapter (John 6) is centered on Yeshua's declaration that he is the bread of life - and all the implications of that, but the specifics of the miracle at the heart of this lesson have great significance. In John 6:4-5 we are told that Yeshua performs this miracle right before Passover - … Continue reading John 6 – More than enough
As we read John 5 today, we are confronted with how the quest for holiness and doing things "right" can go terribly wrong. In Judaism, we are taught that it is permissible to break a commandment to save a life. A doctor can work on the Shabbat to heal someone who is dying, because saving … Continue reading John 5 – When holiness goes wrong
In our reading today in John 4, there are so many amazing moments. Yeshua speaks of living water and the spiritual harvest. Samaritans come to faith, Yeshua returns to Galilee and does more miracles and he heals a child without ever being in the child's presence. All of this is amazing and wonderful, but what … Continue reading John 4 – The Samaritan woman