(From: JOHN #29 - 12:36b-50)
2. 12:36b-43 REASONS FOR JESUS' REJECTION
a. 12:36b These thingsspoke Jesus, and he departed andwas hidden from them.
TAUta eLAle-sen IeSOUS, kai a-pelTHON eKRUbeap' auTON.
b. 12:37-38 ISAIAH PROPHESIED CONCERNING JESUS
ToiAUta de auTOU seMEIa  pe-poi-eKOtos EMpros-then auTON, ouk ePIsteu-on eis auTON:
But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they believed not unto him:
HIna ho LOgos 'E-SAIou tou poPHEtou ple-roTHE , hon EIpen,
38that the word of Isaiah the prophet be fulfilled, which he spoke,
KUri-e, tis ePIsteu-sen te a-koE  heMON?
Lord, who has believed our :report?
kai ho braCHIon  KuRIou TIni a-pe-kaLUPHthe ?
And to whom has the arm of theLord been revealed?
c. 12:39-40 HE TESTIFIES OF THE SOVEREIGN BLINDING OF EYES
diA TOUto ouk eDUnan-to piSTEUein, HOti PAlin EIpen E-SAIas,
For this causethey could not believe, because Isaiah said again,
TeTUPHlo-ken  auTON tous oph-thalMOUS, kai ePOro-sen  auTON ten karDIan;
40He has blinded their :eyes, and hardened their :heart;
HIna me Ido-sin tois oph-thalMOIS, kai noEso-sin  te karDIa kai straPHOsin, kai iAso-mai auTOUS.
Lest they see with theireyes, and understand at heart and turn, And I should heal them.
d. 12:41 These thingssaid Isaiah, because he saw his :glory; and he spoke of him.
TAUta EIpen 'E-SAI-as, HOti EIden ten DOxan auTOU; kai eLAle-sen peRI auTOU.
e. 12:42-43 DANGER OF LOVING THE PRAISE OF MEN
HOmos MENtoi kai ek ton arCHONton  polLOI ePIsteu-san eis auTON;
Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed unto him;
alLA diA tous Pha-riSAIous ouch ho-moLOgoun , HIna me a-po-suNAgo-goi  GEnon-tai:
but because of the Pharisees they did not confess, lest they should be put out of thesynagogue:
eGApe-san  gar ten DOxan ton anTHROpon MALlon Eper ten DOxan tou TheOU.
43for they loved the glory from :men more than the glory from :God.
3. 12:44-50 THE LAST PUBLIC WARNING OF JESUS
a. 12:44 TO BELIEVE IN JESUS IS TO BELIEVE IN THE FATHER ALSO
IeSOUS de Ekra-xen  kai EIpen, Ho piSTEUon eis eME,
And Jesus cried and said, Who believes unto me,
ou piSTEUei eis eME, alLA eis ton PEMpsanTA  me.
believes not unto me, but unto him that sent me.
b. 12:45 And who beholds me beholds him that sent me.
kai ho the-oRON eME the-oREI ton PEMpsanTA me.
c. 12:46 JESUS AS LIGHT - FREES FROM DARKNESS
eGO phos  eis ton KOSmon eLElu-tha,
I am come a light into the world,
HIna pas ho piSTEUon eis eME en te skoTIa  me MEIne .
that whoever believes unto me remain not in the darkness.
d. 12:47 JESUS' TRUE PURPOSE FOR COMING TO THE WORLD
kai eAN tis mou aKOUse ton 'reMAton , kai me phuLAxe , eGO ou KRIno  auTON:
And if any hear my :sayings, and guard themnot, I do not judge him:
ou gar ELthon HIna KRIno ton KOSmon, all' HIna SOso  ton KOSmon.
for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
e. 12:48 MAN JUDGED BY THE GOSPEL
ho a-theTON  eME, kai me lamBAnon ta 'REmaTA mou,
Who rejects me, and receives not my :sayings,
Echei ton KRInon-ta auTON: ho LOgos hon eLAle-sa, eKEInos kriNEI auTON en te esCHAte heMEra.
has onethat judges him: the word that I spoke, the same shall judge him in the last day.
f. 12:49 JESUS - THE PERFECT SERVANT OF THE FATHER
HOti eGO ex e-mauTOU ouk eLAle-sa; all' ho PEMpsas me paTER,
Because I spoke not from myself; but the Father that sent me,
auTOS moi en-toLEN  DEdo-KEN, ti EIpo, kai ti laLEso.
HE has given me commandment, what I should say, and what I shall speak.
g. 12:50 ETERNAL LIFE: THE RESULT OF THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD
kai OIda  HOti he en-toLE auTOU zo-E  aiOniOS  es-tin; ha oun eGO laLO,
And I know that his :commandment is life eternal; what thingstherefore I speak,
kaTHOS EIreKEN moi ho paTER, HOUtos laLO.
even as the Father has said to me, thus I speak.
NOTE: 12:36b-43 - This is a difficult passage for many. The reason for our Scriptural difficulties often boil down to: We come to the Bible with preconceived ideas! Our denominational background strongly influences us, plus other theological ideas we have picked up along the way. Early in my Christian life (1947), I read a book entitled: “Let God say what Hewants to say,” and “Let the Bible mean what itwants to mean!”
Ask a child what a verse in the Bible means, and though not always accurate of course, yet invariably he takes it for what it says. “Yes, but” - is often the adult “take” on passages like the one before us. But when we read Romans 11, we see how God “blinded” Jewish eyes that Gentiles might come into His Kingdom. Then when the number of the Gentiles is complete, God will turn back to the Jews and lift this Sovereign blindness from them. Is thiswhat Isaiah is prophesying? Do we have a problem with out Sovereign God, the Potter over us the clay, doing what Hewants with Hisclay? If we do - we will alwayshave trouble understanding HisBible.
Then note in 12:44-50 how Jesus clearly spells out that His first coming was primarily to be the Savior of the world! It was notprimarily to be the great Teacher, or the great Example, but the great Savior! His second coming will be as the great Judge at the BEma Judgment Seat for believers, and the Great White Throne for unbelievers. This did notfit with the preconceived ideas of the Jews of His day - so - they crucified Him, and thus fulfilled the very purpose for His first coming! Is thisthen to their credit? By nomeans!
This mailing completes the 191stof the 260 NT chapters. To do Greek Word Studies on what has been prepared and mailed, and to carefully note the “contexts” of each word and sentence, will help us to remove many of our preconceived ideas. God has reserved the Interlinear Greek Bible Numeric NT for the endof this age. It will settle practically alldifficult passages. To read it aloud on one's knees, pray over it, and meditate upon it, will free us from man's traditions and our own ideas. George Muller was enabled to deftly answer satisfactorily the eschatological questions posed to him by Dr. A. T. Pierson. Because of this, this man became his chief biographer. J.A.W.