72 Jesus goes to Jerusalem unannounced.

2 Kings 1:10–12; Matthew 8:19–22; 19:1–2; Mark 10:1; Luke 9:51–62; John 7:2–13

When Jesus’ brothers said he should go to Jerusalem, what did they believe (John 7:2–5)? What did they not believe?

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Why did Jesus say others could go to Jerusalem, be he could not (John 7:6–9)?

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Where did Jesus go on the east side of the Jordan River (Matthew 19:1–2)?

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In what Samaritan town might Jesus have sought lodging (Luke 9:51–52)?

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Why did the disciples expect the Samaritans to welcome Jesus (Luke 9:53–54)?

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What was wrong with the way James and John reacted to the Samaritan rejection (Luke 9:55–56)?

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Why does God not immediately punish the wicked (Luke 9:55–56)?

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What interests might the teacher of the Law have had in following Jesus (Luke 9:57)?

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What did Jesus mean when he said, “The Son of Man has no home where he can lay his head” (Luke 9:58)?

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What are the best excuses for not following Jesus (Luke 9:59–61)?

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In following Jesus, what are the greatest benefits (Luke 9:59–61)?

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Why is looking forward better than looking back (Luke 9:62)?

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In Jesus’ day, what was the effect of “political correctness” (John 7:11–13)?

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How do we know when we should speak up and when we should keep quiet (John 7:11–13)?

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Near the time for the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You should go to Judea, where more of your followers can witness your miracles. You cannot become well known by hiding what you do. You should let the whole world know.” His own brothers did not believe in him.

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John 7:2–5 Near the time for the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You should go to Judea, where more of your followers can witness your miracles. You cannot become well known by hiding what you do. You should let the whole world know.” His own brothers did not believe in him.
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John 7:2–5 Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand. His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. For neither did his brethren believe in him.

Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but you can always go. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I expose the evil being done. You go on to the feast, because it is not yet time for me to go.” So he remained in Galilee.

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John 7:6–9 Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but you can always go. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I expose the evil being done. You go on to the feast, because it is not yet time for me to go.” So he remained in Galilee.
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John 7:6–9 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

When Jesus had finished teaching in Galilee, he went to the area of Judea on the east side of the Jordan River. Large crowds gathered and followed him. As usual, he taught them and healed their sick.

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Matthew 19:1–2 When Jesus had finished teaching these things, he left Galilee and went to the area of Judea on the east side of the Jordan River. Large crowds followed him, and he healed their sick.
Mark 10:1 Jesus left Galilee and went to the area of Judea on the east side of the Jordan River. Crowds gathered, and as usual, he taught them.
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Matthew 19:1–2 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan; And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
Mark 10:1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

Later, as the time drew closer to when he would ascend to Heaven and after his brothers had gone, Jesus decided to go to Jerusalem. He left for the feast in secret to avoid being noticed. He sent messengers ahead to arrange a place for him to stay in a Samaritan town. After hearing that Jesus was determined to go to Jerusalem, the Samaritans refused to welcome him.

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Luke 9:51–53 As the time drew closer to when he would ascend to Heaven, Jesus decided to go to Jerusalem. He sent messengers ahead to arrange a place for him to stay in a Samaritan town. After hearing that Jesus was determined to go to Jerusalem, the Samaritans refused to welcome him.
John 7:10 Later, after his brothers had gone, he also left for the feast, in secret, to avoid being noticed.
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Luke 9:51–53 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
John 7:10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

When James and John heard about their rejection, they said, “Sir, should we call down fire from above to consume them, just as Elijah did?”

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2 Kings 1:10–12 Elijah said to the captain of fifty, “If I’m a man of God, let fire from above consume you and your fifty men.” Then fire from above consumed them. The king sent another fifty with their captain, who said, “Man of God, the king orders you to see him immediately.” Elijah said, “If I’m a man of God, let fire from above consume you and your fifty men. Then fire from above consumed them.
Luke 9:54 When James and John heard about their rejection, they said, “Sir, should we call down fire from above to consume them, just as Elijah did?”
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2 Kings 1:10–12 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly. And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
Luke 9:54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

Jesus turned and rebuked them. “You do not know what kind of spirit you have. The Son of Man has not come to destroy lives, but to save them.”

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Luke 9:55–56 Jesus turned and rebuked them. “You do not know what kind of spirit you have. The Son of Man has not come to destroy lives, but to save them.” They went on to another town.
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Luke 9:55–56 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

They went on to another town.

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Luke 9:56 “The Son of Man has not come to destroy lives, but to save them.” They went on to another town.
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Luke 9:56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

As they walked down the road, a teacher of the Law said, “Teacher, wherever you are going, I will follow.”

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Matthew 8:19 A teacher of the Law said to him, “Teacher, wherever you go I will follow.”
Luke 9:57 As they walked down the road, a man said to Jesus, “Wherever you are going, I will follow.”
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Matthew 8:19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
Luke 9:57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

“Foxes have dens, and birds have nests,” Jesus said, “but the Son of Man has no home where he can lay his head.” To another man, he said, “Follow me.”

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Matthew 8:20 “Foxes have dens, and birds have nests,” Jesus said, “but the Son of Man has no home where he can lay his head.”
Matthew 8:22 Jesus replied, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”
Luke 9:58–59 “Foxes have dens, and birds have nests,” Jesus said, “but the Son of Man has no home where he can lay his head.” To another man, he said, “Follow me.” But the man said, “Sir, let me first go and care for my father until he dies.”
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Matthew 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Matthew 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
Luke 9:58–59 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

But the would-be follower said, “Sir, let me first go and care for my father until he dies.”

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Matthew 8:21 Another would-be follower said, “Sir, let me first go and care for my father until he dies.”
Luke 9:59 To another man, he said, “Follow me.” But the man said, “Sir, let me first go and care for my father until he dies.”
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Matthew 8:21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
Luke 9:59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Jesus said, “The dead can bury their dead. You need to preach the Kingdom of God.”

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Matthew 8:22 Jesus said, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”
Luke 9:60 Jesus said, “The dead can bury their dead. You need to preach the Kingdom of God.”
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Matthew 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
Luke 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

Someone else said, “Sir, I would like to follow you, but I need to go back home and say good-bye to my family.”

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Luke 9:61 Someone else said, “Sir, I would like to follow you, but I need to go back home and say good-bye to my family.”
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Luke 9:61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

“After a man puts his hand to the plow,” Jesus said, “he is not fit for the Kingdom of God if he keeps looking back.”

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Luke 9:62 “After a man puts his hand to the plow,” Jesus said, “he is not fit for the Kingdom of God if he keeps looking back.”
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Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

At the feast, the Jews kept asking where Jesus was. Among the crowds, many argued about him, some saying, “He is a good man,” while others said, “No, he deceives the people.” However, for fear of the Jewish leaders, no one would openly defend Jesus.

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John 7:11–13 At the feast, the Jews kept asking where Jesus was. Among the crowds, many argued about him, some saying, “He is a good man,” while others said, “No, he deceives the people.” However, for fear of the Jewish leaders, no one would openly defend Jesus.
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John 7:11–13 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.