Pharisees Were People Pleasers. Are You?

Jesus and the Pharisees (Religious Leaders)

jesus and pharisees


The Pharisees learned how the people were saying these things about Him under their breath; and the chief priests and Pharisees sent attendants (guards) to arrest Him.

John 7:32 (AMP)


The Pharisees were always people-pleasers. They always had their fingers in the air testing which way the wind of public opinion was blowing. When they saw the people beginning to convert to Jesus, they recognized the threat to their position and they took action.


The Pharisees and chief priests, who presided over the Jewish religious establishment, resented the fact that the people were trusting in Jesus. Apparently these “believers” were not afraid to tell what they had done (John 7:13, 32). This time, the rulers sent members of the temple guard to arrest Jesus, but it was Jesus who “arrested” them! He warned them that they had but “a little while” to hear the truth, believe, and be saved. It was not Jesus who was in danger, but those who wanted to arrest Him!


Therefore Jesus said, For a little while I am [still] with you, and then I go back to Him Who sent Me. You will look for Me, but you will not [be able to] find Me; where I am, you cannot come.

John 7:33-34 (AMP)


As in previous messages, the people misunderstood what Jesus was saying. Jesus was saying that within six months, He would go back to the Father in heaven, and the unsaved Jews would not be able to follow Him. Since Jesus was returning to His Father in heaven, these people would not be able to find Him.


What a contrast between “where I am, there you cannot come” (John 7:34) and “that where I am, there you may be also”! (John 14:3)


Then the Jews said among themselves, Where does this Man intend to go that we shall not find Him? Will He go to the Jews who are scattered in the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?

John 7:35 (AMP)


These people didn’t have a clue what Jesus was speaking of. The Dispersion refers to Jews scattered throughout the Greek world. They thought He was saying He would leave Israel and go to some other country. He was speaking of death and then resurrection and going to His Father in heaven (1 Corinthians 2:14, Romans 8:6, and John 6:63).


What does this statement of His mean, You will look for Me and not be able to find Me, and, Where I am, you cannot come?

John 7:36 (AMP)


These people didn’t understand what Jesus was talking about, but once again, we see Jesus making no attempt to explain. He could easily have clarified that He was speaking of going to be with His Father in heaven.


We are supposed to speak God’s Word clearly, but there is a big place for letting the Holy Spirit do His job (John 6:44). We often try to do the work of the Holy Spirit and convict people ourselves. That’s not the way Jesus ministered. Billy Graham said one of the greatest turning points in his ministry was when he quit trying to bring conviction himself and started depending on the Holy Spirit for that.


Had these men been willing to do God’s will, they would have known the truth. Soon it would be too late.


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Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Alive



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