Bethlehem North Women’s Bible Study

John 7 & 8 Pam Larson

November 20, 2018

John 7 & 8    

Jesus is our Thirst-quencher and the Light of the World

who is shining in our darkness and is hated by the world.


  • “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.’” (7:37-38)

2- Light of the world

  • “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (8:12)

John 7

A. 7:1-13 Jesus’ brothers mock him privately

B. 7:14-52 Various speakers publicly challenge Jesus

  • v14-24 centers around Jesus’ authority (esp his teaching and miracles)
  • v25-36 center on his identity, (esp his origin and mission)
  • v37-39 “come to me and drink”

C. The Feast of Booths (or Tabernacles)

  • past
  • present
  • future

D. 7:40-52 Various responses to Jesus

  • v40-44a mixed response among the crowd
  • v45-52a mixed response among the leadership


John 8:12-59

The Light of the World at the Feast of Booths

Exegetical Outline (Klink III, Edward W. John (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) (Kindle Locations 10972-10978). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.)

A.  “The Light of the World”: The Accusations of Jesus the Judge (8:12–59)

  1. First Accusation: The Charge against Inappropriate Belief (vv. 12–30)

               First Verbal Exchange: The Authority and Judgment of the Son (vv. 12–20)

                      (1) Charge: “I Am the Light of the World” (v. 12)

                      (2) Responses: The Witness of the Father and Son (vv. 13–18)

                      (3) Verdict: “You Know neither Me nor My Father” (vv. 19–20)

               Second Verbal Exchange: The Origin of the Son (vv. 21–30)

                      (1) Charge: “You Will Die in Your Sin” (v. 21)

                      (2) Responses: “You Are from the World; I Am Not from This World” (v. 22–27)

                      (3) Verdict: “You Will Know That I Am” (vv. 28–30)

  1. Second Accusation: The Charge against Illegitimate Origin (vv. 31–59)

                First Verbal Exchange: The Identity of the People of God (vv. 31–47)

                      (1) Charge: True Disciples Abide in my Word (vv. 31–32)

                      (2) Responses: Abraham and the Father (vv. 33–43)

                      (3) Verdict: “You Belong to Your Father, the Devil” (vv. 44–47)

                Second Verbal Exchange: The Counterclaim by the Jews: Heresy! (vv. 48–59)

                      (1) Charge: “You are a Samaritan and Have a Demon” (v. 48)

                      (2) Responses: “Before Abraham Was [Born], I Am” (vv. 49–58)

                      (3) Verdict: The Attempted Stoning of Jesus (v. 59)

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