Fear of the Jews (John 7:13)

"Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews." (John 7:13)

There are multiple places in the Bible where we are reminded the people in Jesus’ time
feared the Jews, specifically those who were in authority. In John 9, Jesus healed a man who was born blind (John 9:1-7). This was a notable miracle not only because a number of people remembered this man being blind previously, but also that there was significant investigation into the matter as well (John 9:8). The first series of questions to the man is in John 9:9-12.

The man is then brought before the Pharisees, who questioned him further (John 9:13-17). The Pharisees even called the man’s parents to question (John 9:18-21). These parents claimed that they did not know who opened their son’s eyes to see, and told the Pharisees to ask their son again. This was done because they feared the Jews. They feared those who had authority to throw them out of the synagogue more than giving a direct answer which could lead someone to confess that Jesus was the Christ (John 9:22).

This fear was proven to be valid because when the son was questioned again, he actually tried to teach the Pharisees about Jesus and was cast out of the synagogue for it (John 9:34-35). This fear of the Jews is also found in John 12:42, 19:38, and 20:19.

This is a shame, because we should fear God, and revere him, not any man.


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