John 10:22-The Feast of Dedication
(Ryrie Study Bible) …This was instituted in 165 B.C. by Judas Maccabeus in commemoration of the cleansing and reopening of the temple after its desecration by the Syrian ruler Antiochus Epiphanes in 168 B.C. [Dan. 11:31; 1 Macc. 4:52-59]. It is also called the Feast of Lights or Hanukkah. The date falls near the winter solstice, Dec. 11.
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Where was the portico/porch of Solomon in the Temple?
The Jews pressure Jesus to tell them if He is the Messiah. He tells them that He has already given them an answer and that His miracles are proof of what He says. He tells them that they do not believe because they are not His sheep. The Father has given Him the sheep that are His and He, in turn, gives them eternal life…which they can never lose because they are protected by both Him and the Father. He then tells them, “I and the Father are one.” The Jews start to stone Him. He asks them for what good work are they stoning Him. And they tell Him it is because of His blasphemy, that “You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God” (:33). Jesus does not deny their accusation…because they are correct. He had, in fact, said that He was God. However, He knows that His ministry is not completed, so He distracts their thinking in order to buy additional time. Jesus refers to Psalm 82:6. That passage of Scripture uses the term God (Elohim) in reference to men…meaning that they were representative of God. He says that since the Scripture cannot be broken, why do they oppose Him when He says that He is the “son of God”? At this point…Jesus is playing mind games with them. He was saying that the Scripture uses the word “god” in reference to men…knowing full well that it was not attributing deity to them. And yet, when He had used the word of Himself, He was using it to speak of His deity. He was defusing the moment…so that He might continue. He tells them that even if they do not believe what He has told them, believe because of the works that He does. They were seeking to capture Him…but He escaped…and went to the Jordan River. Many believed in Him.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to believe in You…both because of what You have said, and because of what You have done.