17In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
The Old Testament commanded Hebrew families to observe three festivals (also called “feasts”) in the holy city of Jerusalem. In this section of John’s narrative, Jesus attended the Feast of Booths (Leviticus 23:39–43).
“Josephus called it their holiest and greatest feast (The Antiquities of the Jews 8. 4. 1). This feast, also called the Feast of Ingathering, was a time of thanksgiving for harvest. It was a happy time; devout Jews lived outdoors in booths made of tree branches for seven days as a reminder of God’s provision in the desert during their forefather’s wanderings. The feast also signified that God dwells with His people.”
Edwin A. Blum, “John,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 299.
During this feast, the religious authorities challenged Jesus publicly because they rejected His claim to be the Messiah. Consequently, they secretly plotted to arrest Him.
“know” [oida]: (1) to have information about, know; (2) be intimately acquainted with or stand in a close relation to; (3) to know/understand how, can, be able; (4) to grasp the meaning of something, understand, recognize, come to know, experience; (5) to remember, recollect, recall, be aware of; (6) to recognize merit, respect, honor.
William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer,