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Jesus and His Brothers
7 1After this, Jesus traveled around the country of Galilee. Jesus did not want
to travel in Judea, because the Jews there wanted to kill him. 2It was time for
the Jewish Festival of Shelters.* 3So Jesus' brothers said to him, "You should leave
here and go to [the festival in] Judea. Then your followers there can see the miracles*
you do. 4If a person wants the people to know him, then that person must not hide
the things he does. Show yourself to the world. [Let them see] these things (miracles)
you do." 5(Even Jesus' brothers did not believe in him.) 6Jesus said to his brothers,
"The right time for me has not yet come. But any time is right for you [to go].
7The world cannot hate you. But the world hates me. Why? Because I tell the people
in the world that they do evil things. 8So you go to the festival. I will not go
to the festival now. The right time for me has not yet come." 9After Jesus said
this, he stayed in Galilee. 10So Jesus' brothers left to go to the festival. After
they left, Jesus went too. But Jesus did not let people see him. 11At the festival
the Jews were looking for Jesus. The Jews said, "Where is that man?" 12There was
a large group of people there. Many of these people were talking secretly to each
other about Jesus. Some people said, "He is a good man." But other people said,
"No, he fools the people." 13But none of the people were brave enough to talk about
Jesus openly. The people were afraid of the Jewish leaders.
Jesus Teaches in Jerusalem
14The festival* was about half finished. Then Jesus went to the temple* area and
began to teach. 15The Jews were amazed. They said, "This man has never studied
in school. How did he learn so much?" 16Jesus answered, "The things I teach are
not my own. My teaching comes from him (God) who sent me. 17If a person wants to
do what God wants, then that person will know that my teaching comes from God.
That person will know that this teaching is not my own. 18Any person that teaches
his own ideas is trying to get honor for himself. But a person that tries to bring
honor to the one that sent him--that person speaks the truth. There is nothing false
in him. 19Moses gave you the law.* Right? But none of you obey that law. Why are
you trying to kill me?" 20The people answered, "A demon* has come into you [and
made you crazy]! We are not trying to kill you." 21Jesus said to them, "I did one
miracle* [on a Sabbath day* ] and you were all surprised. 22But you obey the law
Moses gave you the law about circumcision* --and sometimes you do it on a Sabbath
day. (Really, Moses is not the one that gave you circumcision. Circumcision came
from our people [that lived before Moses].) Yes, you often circumcise babies on
a Sabbath day. 23This shows that a person can be circumcised on a Sabbath day to
obey the law of Moses. So why are you angry at me for healing a person's whole body
on the Sabbath day? 24Stop judging by the way things look. Be fair and judge by
what is really right."
Footnotes: Festival of Shelters A special week each year when the Jews lived in
tents to remember that their people wandered in the desert 40 years during the time
of Moses. miracle(s) Miracles are amazing works done by God's power. festival The
Festival of Shelters. See verse 2. temple The special building in Jerusalem for
Jewish worship. law Moses gave God's people the law that God gave him on Mount Sinai
(Ex. 34:29-32). demon(s) Demons are evil spirits from the devil. Sabbath day(s)
The Sabbath day (seventh day of the week) was a special religious day for the Jews.
circumcision Cutting off the foreskin. This was done to every Jewish baby boy. It
was a mark of the agreement God made with Abraham (Gen. 17:9-14).
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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