“As the scripture has said”
John 7 opens out for us today to reveal more fully the huge challenge that the presence and teachings of Jesus were creating among the people. It is interesting to compare all the reasons the disbelievers were giving with the reasons given today. The leaders were holding themselves up as examples of wisdom – human wisdom – accusing those who believed in Jesus as being deceived (verse 47).
It is the feast of Booths (Tabernacles) which everyone who could, participated in, by going up to Jerusalem and the Temple. Many are looking for Jesus, but he does not go there until, “about the middle of the feast” (verse 14). His teaching causes much discussion and an attempt to arrest him (verse 32) fails.
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”’” (verses 37,38; see Isaiah 58:11).
Jesus makes a promise that “those who believe in him” (verse 39) would receive “the Spirit”, but that was not to happen until Jesus was “glorified” (verse 39). We will read of this later this month, when the disciples receive it (Acts 2).
The Scriptures Jesus refers to are, of course, the Old Testament. It is sad that so many neglect the Old Testament, yet it is full of God given wisdom, the Proverbs of Solomon for example such as chapter 25 we also read today. Solomon’s wisdom was a foretaste of that of Jesus and today we eagerly await the ultimate time when God will
“take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness” (verse 5).
This ultimate time will be when Jesus returns “as the Scripture has said” – and what a great number of Scriptures testify to this. Peter wrote how “scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say,
‘Where is the promise of his coming?’” (2 Peter verse 3,4)
Those who know what “the Scripture has said” have a sure answer for the scoffers.