John 5:18 Therefore, the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.
22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,
23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
The Pharisees were of a mind that because Y’shua healed on the Sabbath, He violated The Sabbath. Therefore, they wanted to kill Him. And more than that they were angry because He claimed to be the Son of YHVH, And therefore, equal with YHVH God.
Of course, they had completely forgotten the prophets, who foretold the coming of the Messiah. And because they weren’t willing to believe the prophets, they could not accept the Messiah, and the result was that they were coming against YHVH God. And these were men who claimed that they knew the scriptures, both the Torah and the Prophets.
Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Unbelief is the cause of their sin. and the fear they felt drove them to anger, Not because Y’shua broke their Sabbath, but because they perceived it to be their Sabbath and not God’s. They had taken God’s place at this point, and had no understanding of who and what they saw before their very eyes. The Messiah of Israel!
Therefore, the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. (Vs 18)
Y’shua knew this about them, he had a clear picture of what they wanted to do, and this was His response. Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.” (Vs 19, 20)
He promises to boggle their minds, with wonders and miracles, so that they will know, and glorify YHVH God. But they will not grasp it. He is simply doing what the Father has required of His Son.
“For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.
For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” (Vs 21-23)
It is a shame that these men who claim to be the priest of the Most High God, do not recognize who is standing right in front of them. But what’s worse, is that they want to kill Him.
John 5:42 “But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.
I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.” (Vs 42, 43)
He knows that they are seething with hatred toward Him, and points out that they lack the one quality of a priest that must be present in their work. He points out that they have no love, the love of YHVH God.
He also points out that they have no respect for the things of God. So, he poses a question. He asks, “How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?” (Vs 44)
This makes me mindful of the modern-day priests, (Preachers) who speak of the love of God, yet they are not willing to preach the commandments of God, or the Word of God, and which is the very core of our covenant with Him.
He tells them that he does not accuse them, but that the accuser will be Moses who brought forth the commandments of YHVH. Surely anyone who has read the whole Bible, knows that these Commandments are God’s instructions to His people, so that they can walk in righteousness before Him. and we must also know, that we will be judged according to God’s Commandments. The same ones that Moses delivered to the Children of Israel.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. (Revelation 20:12)
“Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust.
For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.
But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (Vs 45-47)
It is time for us to come near to God, and demonstrate to Him our desire to walk in His ways, especially if we want to lead others to Christ. Who can say that they will serve God, and then ignore His will, and his Word?
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. (1st John 3:4)
We cannot leave the commandments out of our teaching, that produces the same kind of sin that the Pharisees produced. Because they replaced the Commandments of God with their own commandments, and they were not able to convey the love of God to other’s because they didn’t have it themselves.
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. (1st John 5:3)
The whole issue that Christ had with the Pharisees, was their doctrine was causing more harm than good to the Kingdom. They were causing people to stray from the Word of God as it was written, but instead they made it near impossible to follow their version of the law.
Are we going to be modern day Pharisees, and lead people away from God? I pray not!
“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)
Shalom my friends,