New Testament Lesson 5 (KD): John 3-4

1 Approach

These represent the notes I made during my reading of the scriptural text for this lesson. It is not a lesson outline or a lesson plan but really notes about issues and questions that struck me as interesting during my reading. Consequently, the notes do not have a conclusion and very little mention of application. I like to let those things arise while I teach.

2 What Happened in John 2?

The reading for last week’s lesson primarily covered Matthew 3-4. The reading included John’s preaching, Jesus’ baptism, the temptation of Jesus, the start of Jesus’ ministry, and the calling of the first disciples.

The reading for this weeks lesson is John 3-4. It is true that John 3-4 narrates events post baptism but I think there are also important events in John 2 that are worth keeping in mind as one reads John 3-4.

Jesus turns water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-12).

The cleansing of the temple around the time of Passover (John 2:13-22). John places the cleansing of temple at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. The synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) all place it at the end of Jesus’ public ministry.

Also, I think the Nicodemus pericope actually begins at the end of chapter 2.

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