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it's all about timing

John 7

v18

He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

Jesus went up to the feast at a time that was to seek His Father's glory, not His own. His brothers had asked him to go up earlier:

v4
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.

He didn't go up to the feast then, because His objective wasn't seeking to be know openly. He went up to the feast later, because He wanted other people to believe on Him and be saved:

v31
And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this [man] hath done?

We, like Jesus, should seek the glory of God our Father, not our own. The way we do things, like our timing in doing them, shouldn't be to show ourselves to the world, but so that people would believe on Him.


And we shouldn't necessarily do things at the same time other people do them, or at the time they expect:

v6
Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.

I get the idea that people of the world are always just sitting there on the edge, ready to be destroyed for their sin at any moment. Psalm 73 speaks of the foolishness of being envious of the wicked, because of how they prosper, but:

Psalm 73:18 & 19
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
How are they [brought] into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

But Jesus knew that the Lord had a certain time that it was His will for Him to go to the cross:

John 7:30
Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.

In the same way, we should consider the Lord's will for the timing in the things that we do.

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