John 7:19-29

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The Lord Talking to the Multitudes in the Temple Area

John 7:19-29

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Lesson Number 33

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Righteous judgment sees beneath surface appearances.
  2. God is not known by those who refuse to hear Jesus.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s not judge superficially.


  1. Why did the Lord begin to talk to the religious leaders about the law of Moses?
  2. How, specifically, did the religious leaders go against the law?
  3. Give an example from this passage concerning the doctrinal point, “Righteous judgment sees beneath surface appearances.”
  4. Cite a verse from this passage that says, in effect, “God is not known by those who refuse to hear Jesus.”


  1. Because the people were so proud of the law, and always appealing to it, but the Lord tells them that they are not keeping the law (John 7:22-23).
  2. See John 7:22. Also, they were seeking to kill Jesus, which was a transgression of the law, “Thou shalt not kill.”
  3. The Jewish leaders found fault with Jesus because He healed a man on the Sabbath, yet they circumcised on the Sabbath.
  4. John 7:28


  1. Do you ever judge according to appearance without seeing what is beneath the surface? Discuss how you can change this in your life.
  2. Are you fully persuaded that Jesus is God? How would you defend this to an unbeliever?


Key Verses

  • “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24
  • “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.” John 7:28

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