February 11, 2007
I suggest you begin by reading John 2, tho it’s not in the assigned reading for the lesson.
See Student Guide.
In addition, we may discuss these questions in class:
1. CHAPTER 3: v. 1-2 Note the connection between the preceeding last verse/chapter “man” with the new chapter/verse. Why? Why does this exchange occur at night? See vs. 19-21 to contrast light and dark. Try substituting the name “Christ” for “light” in these 3 verses.
2. v. 2-3 Why does he call Jesus “Rabbi?” Why does he use “we” instead of “I?” What reasoning does he use to determine Jesus’ origin? Does Nicodemus ask a question? If so, what is it? Does Jesus answer this very question, or another question? How?
3. v. 4. Why did Nicodemus so hugely miss what Jesus was telling him? Compare Matt. 3:7; Luke 3:8; and JST Luke 3:8.
4. v. 5 How do Jesus’ two responses differ in v.3 & 5?
5. v. 10 Jesus implies that Nicodemus should have already known what the Savior is teaching him. In v. 7-8, what is Jesus saying that Nicodeums should already know? Note that in Aramaic & Greek “wind” and “Spirit” can be the same thing and interchangable with “breath”, i.e. Gen. 2:7. Does the illusion in Ezek. 37:1-14 and words of Isaiah 44:3-5 (verses Nicodemus was familiar with), give added meaning to Jesus’ words?
6. v. 17 How might this concept be new to Nicodemus?
7. v. 30 In view of v. 29, what does John mean?
8. v. 33 What does “set to his seal” mean? Can you think of other times in the sciptures where the term “seal” is used? How did this apply to Nicodemus? Us?
9. v. 34-36 What is the difference between the KJV & JST here? Why does it matter?
1. v. 1. Note the connection, again, between the two chapters: “…wrath of God abideth on him.” as a segway to “…Pharisees…”. Why do the Pharisees care about baptism numbers between John & Jesus?
2. v. 4 The word “needs” is interesting. Did Jesus really NEED to go through Samaria? (The normal route would have been the eastern bank of Jordan.)
3. v. 6 Here the symbolism of water continues from the previous chapter. What is significant historically and spiritually about Jacob’s well? Why does John bother to make the connection between father and son in the previous verse?
4. v. 7 Contrast the two characters from Ch. 3 & 4 whom Jesus instructs & their reaction to his teachings. Why a man (Nicodemus)? Why a woman (Samaritan)–her ethnicity is underlined throughout the chapter–?
5. v. 10 Contrast Jesus’ opinion of her ignorance with that of Nicodemus back in 3:10.
6. v. 15 Note the progression in the woman’s awareness of Jesus’ identity from v. 15, 19, 25, 26. How is this different from Nicodemus’ knowledge? See 3:11-12.
7. Note the position of the story of Nicodemus, Samaritan Woman and then the nobleman. Nicodemus comes on the heals of Ch.2 which is full of miracles. How are Nicodemus and the nobleman alike, different? Then in Ch. 5 more miracles.