John Chapter 1verse 43 to end of chapter taught by Pastor Don Moore
Notes from Bible study on Friday 11/16/12
John 1:43-44 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
Philip from Bethsaida – the city of Andrew and Peter.
John 1:45-46 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
This details the first disciples coming to Jesus. We get so spiritual that we lose proper context. Peter gets drafted by Andrew. Andrew and John are disciples of John the Baptist. On the testimony of John the Baptist they know Jesus is a true prophet of God.
God expects us to also experience the experience of witnesses and people who have had relationship with the Lord as if He is speaking to them. We must believe the teaching of those who see, hear, and experience God. Know Biblical truth and receive it.
Jesus appeared to the women who reported His resurrection to the disciples. The disciples did not believe the women. Jesus spoke with some disciples on the Road to Emmaus.
Jesus says that if anyone does not receive you, they have rejected the Lord. When you talk to people about Jesus, tell only the truth, don’t stretch the Word of God. If you stretch the truth, it invalidates the Word of God. Don’t exaggerate either the positive or the negative. Keep it real. The struggle is we are in the way of what God is doing. We have to admit we are the problem.
We would assume, to our fault, that was all that happened and all the disciples drop. God gives more information to back up the testimony of a saint.
All the disciples were orthodox Jews, keepers of the Law, spiritually religious, trying to keep the Law in Nazareth.
Nazareth, Megiddo had a river heading south. It was the city people came through to go to Egypt. They came from Phoenicia, Asia, and Northern Europe. Two rivers went through the area. From Asia to Megiddo a mountain valley, and then across the Jordan and Sea of Galilee. Everything to the East of the Jordan River Valley is mountainous desert land with no water.
Megiddo is situated in such a way that 100 people could hold off armies of 10,000. A small army can defend it. People would go from the Sea of Galilee and camp outside Nazareth before marching to war.
Mount Carmel overlooks Jezreel Valley – the plain of Armageddon.
Nazareth is a place where people from different cultures had accommodations – women, wine, and songs. Every culture is represented, sort of like what New York City is. It is a place of harlotry, mixed cultures, mixed races. Orthodox Jews looked down upon mixed races. That is why Nathanael, speaking from prejudice, questioned if anything good could come from Nazareth.
Actually, Nazareth is a perfect place for Jesus to come out of. After His Bethlehem birth and His family’s escape to Egypt, the family settled in Nazareth, moving as far North as possible to preserve his Son, Jesus.
Mary and Joseph could have both been stoned because of their premarital pregnancy. Joseph only heard from the Lord in a dream. He trusted Mary’s virtue and story. Joseph and Mary went to a place where living was loose and no one knew their history to condemn them.
How can the Messiah come from there? Nazareth still had a temple, synagogue.
John 1:47-48 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
Nathaniel asks Jesus, “How do You know me?” Jesus read Nathaniel’s heart’s desire and view of himself. Make sure I walk in righteousness, of telling the truth. Know what you’re trying to be before the Lord.
Jesus gave Nathaniel a Word of Knowledge – ego based, that revealed the deep secret of Nathaniel’s heart and reading his sin of pride.
Nathaniel’s dream is to be a perfect person. Every effort to be perfect will fall short since the Fall of Adam and Eve. We strive to be perfect and bend ourselves in that position of perfection. We can’t try to be in Heaven, sneak in by being good enough. We are only saved by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus. Pride is a sin. We need to recognize we are not all that. If you think you’re all that, you’re not.
It is the Blood that is perfect. If any good is in you, it is the grace of God that empowers us to achieve it.
John 1:49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
Jesus saw into the natural realm through the Spirit. Nathaniel was sitting under a fig tree. The vision Jesus saw was turned into a Word of Knowledge.
Store up enough of the Word of God that, if you have a vision, you have the Word to share as a prophet. The Word – the Son of God – the King of Israel.
God shows repeated miracles and distain for sin. The Church today has crossed the line. Welcome to the punishing hand of God. Cursed are those who have seen and don’t believe.
John 1:50-51 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
Jesus tells Nathanial, you will see the supernatural working through Me, invisible supernatural beings, and My work. At that moment, Nathaniel will see the anointing released and Nathaniel will understand who Jesus is.
All disciples come to follow Jesus because they believe something. You can believe in your believer (heart) what you can’t believe in your head. Belief is in our heart but unbelief is in our mind.
It requires absolute faith to call something into existence, to move the natural and supernatural to get something that God knows is not in your best interests, that you haven’t given it to God and asked God what’s best for me.
My faith in God should come before my faith to get what I want. Ultimate faith works for you even if it’s against God’s will. If you’re out of God’s perfect will, either He’s perfecting you or protecting you. If He’s perfecting you, you will learn from your mistake. God won’t give you more than you can bear, but you can give you more than you can bear.
You can’t worship moloch and baal and God won’t give you a kick in your butt. God will let you reap what you sow and you can’t expect God to protect you from what you have sowed.
We have to close spiritual doors for people who cannot. It’s time to stop trying to be polite to satan worshippers and people of the occult. We have allowed America to slip in the abyss of wickedness – sexual sin (adultery, homosexuality, pornography, etc.) evil doers, the occult. This is the devil’s world, so santeria, new age, witchcraft are calling up the dead.
Very seldom will the Holy Spirit tell us to reclaim something devoted to satan. God is after souls. Jesus will come and reclaim the person.
Pastor Don gave us an assignment about Paul’s thorn in the flesh. In the next post I will give you the Scriptures and my interpretation of them in the way Pastor Don told us to look at them. Pastor Don will cover some of them in later Bible studies.
Have a blessed day.