Nobody’s Getting Stoned, and a Paternity Parallel

PEOPLE:  Jesus, the people of Jerusalem, the Pharisees

SETTING:  The Temple at the Mount of Olives, outside Jerusalem

Mount of Olives

OVERVIEW of MESSAGES AND VERSES – John 8

(1-11)  Scroll down to the section titled ‘Highlighted Passage.’  This is a story about not judging others. 

(19-20)  If you don’t know Jesus, then you don’t know God, his Father.

(24b)  for unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”

 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I Am he.   I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. 29 And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.” 30 Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 

34  Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. 

(33-41)  The people protest they are not slaves.  They claim their father is Abraham, but Abraham was a godly man who rejoiced about the coming of Jesus and would not want to kill him.  They are not following Abraham’s example; they imitate the devil who is their real father.

49)  Jesus glorifies God instead of himself.  If he wanted glory for himself, it would not count.

John 8:51:  I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!”

(57)  The people retorted that he is too young to have known Abraham.  58 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!]59 At that point they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden from them and left the Temple.

HIGHLIGHTED PASSAGE:

Nobody’s Getting Stoned…Because We All Have Sinned

   (1-5)  Jesus was teaching a crowd.  The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought in front of them a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery.  They asked Jesus what he thought about her punishment, mentioning that the law of Moses said to stone her.

 (6-8)  They were trying to trap him into a response that could be used to help justify an arrest.    He said, (actual verse) “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”   (Before and after he responded, he stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.)  

(9)  The accusers slipping away, one by one, until only Jesus and the woman remained, in the middle of the crowd.  10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

 11 “No, Lord,” she said.  And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

LINK TO BIBLE GATEWAY WEBSITE for John 8

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%208&version=NLT

LESSONS, LIFE APPLICATIONS, and NOTES:

(8:1-11)  Don’t judge others!   I – and you – have sinned, too.  Let God judge.  Be compassionate and forgiving.  Sin no more after I have done so; repent. 

What about the guy in the affair?  The Jews failed to bring him in, which disregarded the law.  They used the woman as a trap to trick Jesus.  If he objected to stoning her, he could be accused of breaking Moses’ law.  There was a law that Jews could not carry out executions – only Romans could – so if he agreed to stone her to death, he could be arrested. 

(31-47)   Those who believe Jesus are considered disciples.

(46-47) Our true father is the one we imitate and obey.

(58)  This is a powerful statement of Jesus’ divinity.

RELATED STORY for 8:1-11:   My pastor told a story during a weekend message.  A young man had come to our church, sitting in his car in the parking lot on several occasions, before coming inside.  Finally, he got the courage to come in.  He loved it and felt welcome.  I don’t remember if he received Christ before he moved away from the area.  It takes awhile for some “seekers” to feel ready for that.

He called our pastor some time after his move.  He had done the same thing, hung around outside a church before deciding to go inside.  The young man had some obvious tattooes.  On the day he went in, staying in the back, a senior representative of the church informed him that “his kind” was not welcome.

Luckily, he had exposure to a welcoming, nonjudgmental atmosphere before encountering such appearance-based prejudice.  He went on to search for another church.  If the “no tattooes” church had been his initial experience, chances are it would have turned him away from God.  That church leader had either not read or understood the New Testament, or had forgotten one of Jesus’ important teachings.

Note that being nonjudgmental does not mean that you don’t correct people, particularly other Christians.  Someone should have taken the church leader aside and gently pointed out their error.

My Comment:   I am trying out a new format for the Bible chapter summaries.  Doing it the old way did not seem like a quick study.   You should read the Bible regularly, but, let’s face it, some people won’t do it.  I’m going with the “it’s better than nothing” philosophy and trying to provide enough for familiarity, realization, and life application.   I also realized that, given the frequency of this particular type of topic, it could be another 12 weeks before we finish John.  The new format might allow me to post more than one summary each week.

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