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Astonished and Angry

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | April 19, 2024 | John 7:10-19



And the Jews were astonished, saying, How does this man get such knowledge without having been taught? John 7:15 (NIV)



In today’s reading, Jesus went to the feast secretly after His brothers had left and people reacted strongly to Jesus. Some were amazed by his teachings, but others were furious, even thinking about hurting him. Their hearts were full of jealousy and misunderstanding, blinding them to Jesus's message. Despite his miracles and wisdom, they refuse to believe. This story shows how people can be amazed by Jesus yet still reject him.


It's a timeless struggle between belief and unbelief. Even with clear evidence, some hearts remain closed to the truth. Jesus faced rejection alongside admiration, showing the depth of human weakness and the strength of God's love. As we read this, examine your hearts for any disbelief or anger toward Jesus and ask for his help in changing you.


As followers of Jesus, we should show the same love and forgiveness he did, even when faced with hostility. Let's stand firm in our faith, trusting in God's love and mercy. May we have open hearts, free from jealousy and anger, filled instead with the love and grace of Jesus.



Do we occasionally find ourselves wrestling with conflicting feelings about fellow servants of God? Are envy and jealousy ever lurking in our hearts when we see others flourishing in their service to God? Can we extend love to others despite differences in lifestyle or opinions? Let's earnestly seek God's assistance in managing these negative emotions.



Lord Jesus, guide me in managing my emotions and restraining any negative energy within me. Through your Holy Spirit, empower me to extend love to everyone I encounter. May it be for the glory of your name. Amen.




DAILY word study: KNOWLEDGE The Greek word used for "knowledge" in our key verse for today is "γνῶσις" (gnosis), which refers to knowledge, understanding, or insight. It suggests a deep comprehension and familiarity with the Scriptures that Jesus demonstrated through His teachings.

Jesus' ability to impart spiritual truths and interpret the Scriptures amazed the people, challenging their preconceived notions about learning and authority. His wisdom came not from human instruction but from His intimate relationship with the Father and His divine nature as the Son of God.


Are we relying solely on human understanding and education, or are we seeking spiritual insight and understanding from God through prayer, study of His Word, and fellowship with Him? How can we cultivate a deeper dependence on God's wisdom rather than worldly knowledge?

𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | APRIL 19, 2024

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