John 7:32-36,40-44-When the Pharisees became aware that there were people who were beginning to speculate that Jesus just might be the Messiah…they sent officers to arrest Him. The subject matter of the discussions of the people is found in verses 40-44…some saying that Jesus could be the “Prophet” (i.e.-a prophet like Moses; Deuteronomy 18:15,18); others said that He was the “Christ” (Messiah); others said that He could not be the Messiah since Jesus came from Galilee and prophecy said that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem (evidently they were unaware that Bethlehem was His birthplace).
John 7:37-39-Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as “rivers of living water” (:38-39). After drinking the water that man offers, you will eventually become thirsty, again. And, you have to obtain the water by your own continuous efforts. However, when you drink of the water that God offers, the Holy Spirit, you will never thirst again (He will thoroughly and completely satisfy all of your spiritual longings and needs), and God supplies it to you, you don’t have to work for it (earn it, deserve it, obtain it), yourself.
7:37-39 Though it is not mentioned in the O.T., the Jews had a ceremony of carrying water from the Pool of Siloam pouring it into a silver basin by the altar of burnt offering each day for the first seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles. On the eighth day this was not done, making Christ’s offer of the water of eternal life from Himself even more startling. (Ryrie Study Bible, 7:37-39)
John 7:45-53-The chief priests had earlier sent officers to arrest Jesus (:32)…but they came back without Him. When asked why they said, “Never did a man speak the way this man speaks” (:46). The Pharisees chastised them for allowing Jesus to influence them with His false teaching. They reprimanded them by saying that none of “the rulers or Pharisees have believed in Him” (:48). Actually, a number of them had begun to believe in Him (cf. 12:42)…among them was Nicodemus, who carefully tried to protect Jesus but was rebuffed. The Pharisees despised the common people because they did not practice the Law to the degree and standards that they did. They referred to the common people as “this multitude”…a derogatory term literally meaning “people of the land”…meaning that they were just common, uneducated, and unqualified people, unfit to make such theological determinations as were required in circumstances such as these.
7:43 So there arose a division. John records three divisions regarding Christ: here concerning His person; in 9:16 concerning His power; and in 10:19 concerning His passion. (Ryrie Study Bible,7:43)
Prayer: Lord, Your Holy Spirit has been given to us, today. Please, let Him flood into my life like a river of living water! I don’t want a little water…I want flood waters! Please Lord…fill me to overflowing.