Controversy at the Feast
Tim Temple

Introduction

John, chapter 7, is a chapter of conflict. There is conflict within Jesus' own family as we saw in our last study. There is conflict throughout His life with the Jewish leaders, and there is even conflict between people about Who He was and what He could do. In fact, those various conflicts form the outline for the chapter.

We have divided the chapter into four parts based on those kinds of conflicts. In verses 1-13, we have the conflict before the Feast of Tabernacles; in verses 14-36, we have the conflict during the feast; in verses 37-44, there is the conflict at the end of the feast, and in verses 45-53, there is the conflict with the leaders of the feast. The two subjects that go all through this chapter are the Feast of the Tabernacles and the conflict that took place during that observance.

In this lesson, we are going to be looking at the second section of the chapter that has to do with the conflict that took place during the feast, in verses 14-36. As we come to this second section of this chapter, we find the conflict that began in the first thirteen verses with Jesus' brothers, continuing after He came to the feast.

The setting is the Feast of Tabernacles, which was probably the best attended and the most thoroughly participated in of all the feasts, because it was a remembrance of the forty years that they spent wandering in the wilderness and how God had delivered them from that. It became a very festive time because they would build little shacks shelters, and they would sort of camp out. Those people who lived in Jerusalem would build them in their yards or on the tops of their houses, and those who came built them in the city parks or on the roadway. It was just a time of very casual fellowship, but also worship of the Lord. It was a feast by which in various ways their time in the wilderness was remembered.

Conflict Concerning Jesus' Authority

Jesus had gone to the feast quietly. His brothers had tried to get Him to go and make a grand entrance and do some miracles to draw attention to Himself, but Jesus waited and didn't go to the feast at the beginning of it like His brothers did. He went later and came in quietly, but it didn't take long for His presence to surface and then the conflict began in earnest. In verses 14-18, we find the conflict concerning Jesus' authority. The exclamation made by the people is in verses 14-15:

John 7

14Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
15And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

John doesn't tell us what Jesus actually said. We don't have the text of His sermon here, but the hearers couldn't deny that it was a very knowledgeable, amazing amount of truth that Jesus spoke. The problem was that a lot of these people had heard Jesus before and a lot of people knew about His family and His background, either by word of mouth or some of them had probably grown up in the area of Galilee. They knew that He was just a carpenter's son. He had never been to seminary, and He had never studied formally, so the question was, “How could He know all of these things? How could this carpenter know all of these things?” The implication is that there must be something wrong with His teaching.

It is interesting to notice that a few months later, the people were going to be amazed with the teaching of the disciples. By that time, Jesus would have accomplished so much that they would associate the disciples' knowledge and ability with the fact that they had been with Jesus. There was a growing understanding of Who Jesus was and the power that He had; but at this point, the people are just curious. The Jewish leaders, particularly, were curious about where Jesus got all of this knowledge. He was not a graduate of the right seminary. He was not a graduate of the seminary at all, so how could He know all these things?

The Source of His Teaching

In response to that exclamation, we see Jesus' explanation, in verses 16-18. First, He explains the source of His teaching in verse 16:

John 7

16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

This is a powerful demonstration of the power of the Word of God, when people are willing to really listen to what someone is saying, even if it is a person who does not have a lot of formal training. If that person is handling the Word of God, it will be an amazing thing for people to hear. Jesus clarifies: “My doctrine is not My own.” In other words, “I am not teaching the things which I have thought up. I'm not teaching anything that somebody else has taught me. The reason that you are amazed is that I am teaching you what God has to say.”

In this section of the Gospel of John, Jesus often refers to Himself as being “the One Who was sent from God.” He often refers to “Him Who sent Me.” He is saying, “All that I have done is teach you the Word of God, and that is what you are so amazed about.”

Here is something very important to keep in mind because this is something that applies to us where we live today, and that is that Jesus, as He said these things, was speaking of Himself on the human level. As a human being, Jesus had no formal education. He had not studied in the schools for the Rabbis. He had not had any kind of teaching of the Word of God.

This matter of the humanity of Jesus and the deity of Jesus and the interplay between the two is a very difficult doctrine for us to understand. In fact, it is probably impossible for us to fully understand how He could be fully God and fully man at the same time. But, He was. So Jesus, as a human being, studied the Word of God. As God, He knew everything. He knew all about the Old Testament, but as He was on earth, Jesus was able to learn as though for the first time, as a human being, the things of God.

What we have recorded in the New Testament must be a realistic sample of the kind of teaching that He did. Obviously, just like in this passage, there is a lot of teaching that He did that it is recorded that He taught, but what He said is not recorded. In all of the teaching that is recorded, Jesus never quoted from anything but the Bible. He never quoted poetry; He never quoted the historians or the mathematicians or any of the philosophers of that day. There were many people He could have quoted from, but He quoted from the Bible, and He told parables. He did refer to things that they were familiar with when He told the parables, but the source of His ministry was always the Word of God. This was because His knowledge came from long hours of study in the synagogue as a child and meditating on what He had learned at the synagogue when He went about His duties in the carpenter shop. In the teaching that He did, He shed light on every conceivable subject in the whole world. In fact, He established Himself a place as one of the greatest teachers of all times.

We know that God established that place, and we know that God has allowed that place to endure in the minds of men because He was God. The knowledge that He dispensed in His teaching was the knowledge that He got from the purely human standpoint of studying the Word of God as a human being. This is one of the places where He said this: “My teaching is not from Myself, but from Him Who sent Me.”

Theoretically speaking, any human being, including you and me, can have that same level of understanding of the Scripture that Jesus Christ had because we have the same Father, and we have the same Holy Spirit. There are a lot of ifs in that, and the biggest one is that Jesus was unclouded and untainted by sin. His human understanding did not have any layers of lack of communication with the Father caused by sin in His life. It is hard for us to imagine what a perfect human being would have been like. It is hard to imagine what our own lives could have been like had we never sinned.

Of course, that is a fantasy anyway, because the Scripture tells us that all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God. On the other hand, the less that we say yes to temptation and therefore the less we sin, and the more quickly that we confess our sin and be restored to fellowship when we do sin, the more nearly we might approach that. God is able to give any believer a knowledge of the Word of God that would be so useful in the lives of other people that they would be amazed by what that person knows without necessarily having a lot of formal study.

That may be all idealistic, and I am speaking somewhat idealistically, but I am telling you what Jesus said: “This knowledge comes from the Father.” You and I have the same Father and the same Holy Spirit. Purely from a human standpoint, we have a lot of advantages that Jesus didn't have. As I have mentioned before, we have all kinds of Christian radio programs, all kinds of Bible studies on tape, and all kinds of books. There are many, many Bible study helps and many opportunities to study the Bible that, from a human standpoint, Jesus did not have. So, it is a realistic goal for you and me to seek to come to know the Word of God in such a way that God could use it in a great way in our own lives and in the lives of other people.

The Secret of Understanding Jesus' Teaching

Jesus knew that people were having trouble accepting His authority as God, and so in verses 17-18, He gives them the secret of understanding His teaching. One of the conflicts that was going on here was the conflict of whether this was just a great human teaching, or whether it was really a representative of God. In verse 17, He says:

John 7

17If any man will do his [God the Father's] will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

I want to focus on verse 17 for just a moment. The bottom line of what Jesus is saying here is that faith is a moral issue, not an intellectual issue. He is saying, “If a person honestly and sincerely wants to do God's will, he will sense within himself a recognition of the teaching of the Word of God as the truth when he hears it.”

If you are seeking God's will, if you are seeking information from God on any particular subject, if you sincerely want to know what God has to say, as you read the Word of God, you will have confidence that that is God's message. God places that in our hearts. This is what Jesus Himself was teaching. How do we know the Word of God is true? Because God quickens our spirit as we read it. The Spirit of God bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God as we read the Word of God.

We often hear about people who, when you talk about things of the Lord, say, “Well, intellectually, I am just not able to believe those kinds of things. Intellectually, I cannot accept that this man Jesus was the Son of God or that the Bible is really God's miraculously revealed Word.” But according to what Jesus says, in verse 17, a person like that is unable to believe because he is not willing to believe. That person knows, whether he can put into words, whether he can even bring into his conscious mind or not, that person knows that if this is the Word of God, then he is going to have to change some things in his life and in his belief system, or her life or her belief system. People will not bend themselves to the Word of God because they do not want to acknowledge the authority of God in their lives, and that is what Jesus is talking about here in verse 17. If anyone will do the will of God, He will know.

Someone has said that God doesn't send His will home on approval. God doesn't say, “I'll prove to you this is the truth if you will do it.” What God says is, “If you are willing to do what I tell you to do, then I will show you that it is My Word.” It is not the other way around. We have a tendency to say, “God, show me Your will, and if I like it, I will do it. God teach me your Word, and if it fits in with my thinking, I'll buy it and teach it to others.” God says, “No. If you are willing to do My Word and practice what I tell you, if you are willing to bend your will to My will, then I will show you what the truth is, and you will know that it is the truth.”

Jesus said this same thing in John, chapter 3, verse 20, from a little different standpoint. He said:

John 3

20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

It sounds dogmatic. It sounds narrow-minded, but God's Word says that the person who is not willing to accept the Word of God is not willing to accept it because he is not willing to do it. That is why he finds some reason to find flaws with the Word of God. That is why he finds some reason not to accept the Word of God. He knows that it will expose his deeds to the light, and he will have to make a change one way or the other.

By the same token, when a person is willing to submit to the will of God, he discovers that God's truth is backed up by all kinds of reliable evidence and facts. But, a person will not be able to look at those facts and hear that evidence if he is not willing to bend his will to the will of God. That is why I say that faith in Jesus Christ is basically a moral issue, not an intellectual issue. We can load all the evidence in the world on the back of a person who is not willing to submit to the Word of God, and he will not accept it, nor will he believe it; but once a person is willing to say, “I will do what God tells me to do,” and accepts that mental attitude, then it will be simple to show the historical, scientific and all other kinds of facts that demonstrate that the Bible really is the Word of God.

Jesus went on to say, in verse 18:

John 7

18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

He is talking about Himself, of course, and He says, “One of the ways that you can know that I am telling you the truth is Who I glorify.” This is a test that can still be applied to any teacher, to any group, or to any doctrine today. Who is glorified in the message of that preacher or that organization or that group? Where does the glory go?

There are some organizations' publications that you can read, and you will not find one thing wrong in what they say, but when you examine the sources available to look at the track record of those groups, you will find that ultimately, the system is built around men and benefiting men, and people are profiting from these false cults. Always in a false cult, somewhere along the line someone is getting all that money—some human being. Somewhere along the line someone is getting all that authority and power and the power and authority are not going to Jesus Christ, and they are not going to God the Father.

Jesus is saying that if you are willing to do the will of God, God will show you Himself in His Word. He says, “If you want to know Who the true teacher is, look at who gets the glory in their teaching.” Even Jesus Himself said, “I am not doing this to glorify Myself. I am doing it to glorify the Father.” Jesus Christ, as a human being, always channeled the attention and the honor to God the Father. He never took the glory for Himself.

The Scripture tells us that the day is coming when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is God, but even that will glorify God the Father. There are two things in the secret to understanding Jesus' teaching. The first one is the willingness to do the will of God. That is one of the secrets to understanding the Word of God. Are you willing to do it? The second one is, who gets the glory? In the teaching of Jesus, it was always God the Father who got the glory. So any time you listen to a teacher or read the writings of some cult or some Christian organization that you don't know anything about, look very carefully for where the glory is going. Look very carefully where the money is going and where the power is going. That is the secret to understanding what God is trying to communicate.

Concerning His Assassination

The overall subject that we are talking about is the conflict at the Feast of Tabernacles, and we have seen the first conflict concerning His authority. In verses 19-24, we find another area of conflict. First, Jesus makes a request, in verse 19. He said:

John 7

19Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

If we just read that one verse out of its context, it wouldn't make much sense at all, so remember what we are talking about here is the opposition to Jesus that started way back in chapter 5. He had healed a lame man at the pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath day. He had been lame for 38 years, and Jesus told him to take up his bed and walk. The problem with that was that Jesus did that on the Sabbath day.

The Pharisees, over the years, had added all kinds of rules to God's simple law that the Sabbath day should be remembered to be kept holy. The Pharisees had added all down through the years what it meant to keep the Sabbath, and you were not to carry any kind of a burden, even as much as a pocket knife, on the Sabbath day. A woman was not even to carry a piece of jewelry on the Sabbath.

God said, “Keep the Sabbath. Keep it holy.” Men added all of this other stuff to that, probably originally as a helpful guide to what it meant to keep the Sabbath; but by the time Jesus was on the earth, these suggestions had come to the place that they carried the force of the law of God. So, as soon as Jesus had healed this man on the Sabbath day, or more particularly when He told him to carry his bed on the Sabbath day, the Jewish leaders were out to get Jesus.

Let me remind you, if you haven't heard this before, when John refers to the Jews, in almost every case, he is talking about the Jewish leaders, not just the Jewish people. The Jewish leaders set out to get rid of Jesus when they heard His teachings and when they saw His miracles. In chapter 5, they saw their opportunity. He had broken the Sabbath, and that gave them grounds to really get rid of Him. They had been wanting to before that happened.

Here Jesus comes, in chapter 7, and He says, “Why are you trying to kill Me?” Back in chapter 5, He had been charged with breaking the law of Moses, and so here He says, in effect, “Even if that charge were true [and it is not. Remember back in verse 18, He said, ‘…and no unrighteousness is in Him'], every one of you are guilty of the same thing.” Notice the first part of verse 19:

John 7

19Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law?…

That would have been a shocking thing especially to these Jewish leaders to hear, so He is going to develop that point in the next verses. Before we come to the development of that statement in verse 18, there is the response from the people in verse 20:

John 7

20The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?

The people at the Feast of Tabernacles who heard Jesus make this request, “Why are you seeking to kill Me?”, probably knew by this time that their leaders were opposed to Jesus; but most of these people didn't realize that the Jewish leaders were actually plotting to kill Jesus, although we know they were from having read chapter 5. His question might have really come as a surprise to some of these people. It might have sounded like He was crazy or demon-possessed, so probably that is why the people reacted the way they did in verse 20. Jesus lets that go by and He resumes His teaching. So, in verses 21-24, we have that resumption of teaching that He makes. Look at verse 21:

John 7

21Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, [healing the man on the sabbath] and ye all marvel.
22Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.
23If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?
24Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

That is a pretty complicated set of verses there, so I want us to carefully go through and try to dissect what Jesus is saying. First, Jesus admits, in verse 21, that He did work on the Sabbath day. “I did one work,” He says, “and you all marvel.” He then points out that the work that He did is not different from circumcising a baby on the Sabbath. Notice verse 22 again:

John 7

22Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.

To understand that point, you have to understand that circumcision was commanded in the law of Moses. It is not one of the Ten Commandments, but it is a part of the other 400 plus laws that God gave along with the Ten Commandments. God gave these laws. As I said, the Jewish teachers had added even more than that, but the Ten Commandments are not all there is to the laws of God. There were over 400 other things in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy that were also part of the law. The Ten Commandments were just the tip of the iceberg. One of those in Leviticus, chapter 12, verse 3, was that a male baby was to be circumcised on the eighth day after his birth. That was to be a sign of the covenant relationship between God and Israel.

He had also said, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy, and do not do any labor nor let your servants do any labor.” Here is a problem. If a baby was born on a Friday, the eighth day after his birth would be the Sabbath. On the eighth day after his birth, he was supposed to be circumcised. Now what is a fellow to do? He has one command that he is supposed to circumcise his baby, and he had another command that he was not supposed to do anything on the Sabbath.

There is a little phrase in parentheses in verse 22: “Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; [notice this phrase] not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers .” That phrase means that the Rabbis settled that issue of circumcising a baby, in obedience to God's law, on the Sabbath. When God had said not to circumcise, the Rabbis had made what was apparently an acceptable ruling to God, because Jesus Himself is using it as an example, and He doesn't criticize the decision. He says, “Your fathers, [Rabbis] declared that they should do the circumcision anyway.” The reason was that the child would not be whole if they didn't do the circumcision on the eighth day. They are saying, “Our responsibility to God, as a nation, to continue our relationship to God through our children, generation by generation, is more important than a single act of obeying the Sabbath, out of all the other sabbaths out of that child's life.”

That is the decision that they made, and that is the reasoning that Jesus is using here that we, in this Gentile civilization, wouldn't understand without going back over that. This is the ruling that the Jewish fathers had made and apparently it was an acceptable ruling to God, because Jesus uses it as an example, and He does so without criticizing it.

Why do they allow circumcision on the Sabbath? Not to break the law, but to make the child's birth whole or complete. That baby was not considered a legitimate male Jewish baby unless he was circumcised on the eighth day, so there was a broader interest in circumcising that child on the Sabbath than there was in keeping the Sabbath and disobeying the other law.

In the last part of verse 23, Jesus says, “The basis of the fact that you will circumcise a baby on the Sabbath day means that the healing of a lame man on the Sabbath day is the same thing on a bigger scale. I made this man perfectly whole. You make a baby symbolically whole when you circumcise him. If it is all right to deal with just a tiny portion of a little baby's body on the Sabbath day and God approves of that, then to make a man completely whole on the Sabbath is also acceptable to God.”

He is going to deal with this same issue of the Sabbath again, and we will see it in other places in the Gospel of John before we are through, but this is one of the places that He establishes why it is acceptable to do some things on the Sabbath day. Then He makes an application, in verse 24:

John 7

24Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

There is a whole lesson that we could learn from this verse about what Jesus meant when He said, “Judge not that ye be not judged,” but I don't want to get into that now, because that is not the primary point that Jesus is making. Let me just say that you shouldn't let yourself or anybody else make a big issue about “judge not that ye be not judged,” because Jesus did not say, “Do not ever make a judgment,” when He was saying, “Judge not that ye be not judged.” He was talking about something entirely different, and a lot of Christians hold back from making any kind of a judgment or any kind of discernment about anybody else because Jesus said, “Judge not that ye be not judged.” Jesus said, “There may come that time when you have to judge about another person, about a situation, about an action. When you are faced with that situation, do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

When the time comes that you have to make a decision about another person, about another organization, about some activity that you are tempted to do, or you see something that someone else has done, be sure that you don't judge on the basis of outward appearance. Be sure that you judge with righteous judgment. As I say, we could make a whole study about this matter of judging with righteous judgment. At the very least, what Jesus is saying is, “Don't live your life on the letter of the law alone, but seek to have your spirit so in tune with God's Spirit that you will be able to discern spiritual things realistically, that you will be able to look at whether to circumcise a baby on the Sabbath day or not and discern what God would have you do.”

Listen, folks: There are a lot of things in the Christian life, especially in this area of relationships with each other, in deciding what you are going to do about what someone else has done, and how you are going to react to what someone else has done. In those kinds of things, there is a great deal that has to be done on the basis of spiritual discernment, and it cannot be done simply by looking on the outward appearance. To the outward appearance, it would appear that Jesus had broken the Sabbath, but Jesus shows that there are those times when discernment can show what God would have had you do in a situation.

Controversy Concerning His Origin

There is a third controversy at the feast, and that has to do with the controversy concerning His origin, in verses 25-31. First, we see the confusion in verse 25:

John 7

25Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?
26But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
27Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.

Here is another area of confusion—the area of confusion about His origin. Where does He come from? On the one hand, the people were confused because those who lived there in Jerusalem and who were exposed a lot to the Jewish leaders knew that the leaders wanted to kill Him. Not everyone knew that, but the people in Jerusalem knew that, and that is why He says, in verse 25, “Some of them from Jerusalem said, ‘Is not this whom they seek to kill?'” People from the other smaller towns who were just there for the feast wouldn't have known that. The people from Jerusalem would have known that, and yet, in verse 26, they say that they are seeking to kill Him, but they are not interfering with His teaching. So, in the last part of verse 26, they say to themselves, “Could this mean that the leaders think that He really is the Messiah after all?” Yet, another part of the confusion is, “How could He be the Messiah, because we know where He is from?”, and their reasoning is that nobody is going to know where the Messiah is from when He comes.

Here is one problem that they had, among many. They were confused about Jesus, but one of the reasons that they were confused about Him was that they thought that nobody would know where the Messiah came from when He came. If you know a little bit about the New Testament, you know that their problem was that they didn't know the Word of God, because the Old Testament made it very clear (it took some study to find it, but it is tucked away here and tucked away there) they would have known exactly where Jesus was going to be born and they could have known the day that He was going to be born. Apparently, out of Israel only two people recognized that Baby when He was born. They were both elderly people, an old man and an old woman who knew exactly Who Jesus was when He was born. Why? Because they had studied the Word of God.

These people were all mixed up as was the huge majority of the nation of Israel about Who Jesus was, because, Bible scholars think, apparently this misconception came from Malachi, chapter 3, verse 1, that no one would know where the Messiah would come from. That was the common thinking. When the Messiah comes, no one will know where He comes from. This verse says:

Malachi 3

1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Apparently, they took that to mean that He was coming out of nowhere. Now, Malachi, chapter 3, verse 1, doesn't say that nobody would know where He came from. It just said that He would come suddenly. The Bible told them that Jesus would be born a certain number of years after the time of Daniel and that He would be born in Bethlehem and that He would be born of a virgin, so there was no reason to think that nobody would know where Jesus came from. But they took one verse and they didn't really take it out of context; they just assumed something about it that wasn't true.

The reason that I am hammering on this is that it is so important not only for us to know the Word of God, but to know as much of the Word of God as we can, and to know it as accurately as we can, and to not make assumptions based on one verse of Scripture. These people were all confused about that, but in the midst of that confusion Jesus gives a clarification, in verses 28-29:

John 7

28Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.
29But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.

Jesus says three things in verse 28. First, He says, “You think you know Me. You know where I am from. By implication, you know I am from Nazareth, but you don't really know Who I am. You know where I have come from on earth, but you don't really know where I have come from overall.”

Secondly, He says, “I have not come of Myself.” In other words, “I didn't give Myself this mission.”

Third, “He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. I have not come of Myself. I have been given this mission by someone else, and you do not know Who gave Me this mission.”

Obviously, He was talking about God. All through this, He has been saying that He was equal with God and that He was the Son of God. So, when He said that they did not know God, that infuriated the Jewish leaders, and that led to all the more confusion and all the more conflict.

Conclusion

We will pick up with verses 30-31 in our next lesson, because the conflict there just continues to get worse and worse as we go along. As we close this lesson, the key issue of this whole chapter is something that Jesus said back in verse 17, that we talked about at some length:

John 7

17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Do you really want to know the Word of God and the God of the Word? If so, all you have to do is be willing to listen to what God says. If you are willing to really know, to really do what God says, then He will give you every confidence as you study His Word that this is really His Word and His will.


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