Daily Bible Reading (Monday, April 17th)5
John 8 (ESV)
[The earliest manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11.][g]
The Woman Caught in Adultery
but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]
I Am the Light of the World
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father[a] who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They 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.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
21 So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” 25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. 26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” 27 They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” 30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.
The Truth Will Set You Free
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave[b] to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”
You Are of Your Father the Devil
39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
Before Abraham Was, I Am
48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’[c] 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”[d] 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
a. John 8:16 Some manuscripts he
b. John 8:34 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; also verse 35
c. John 8:54 Some manuscripts your God
d. John 8:57 Some manuscripts has Abraham seen you?
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NancyVarga Krzywonski Apr 17, 2017 @ 10:10 pm
I'm so encouraged by His Word, His power, His everlasting love, and all that He is and does. I am blessed beyond measure knowing Awesome Father, Jesus His Son, and Holy Spirit, Comforter. Therein lies my hope. Psalm 139 followed by Psalm 51 helps me when I feel bad about myself. When I know something is wrong and I don't know what, yet I know the problem is me. I am so grateful for Your Mercy and Grace Lord God Almighty!
I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God, that we are given the opportunity to share His Holy Word together!
Tanya Alderman Apr 17, 2017 @ 10:07 am
"31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ".... This verse strikes at my heart today. Through the various trials of the last 12 months, my time in the Word has decreased when I know it should increase. I've allowed myself to become weary. A faithful sister in Christ encouraged me yesterday to read and listen to the Word and not give in to depression. Thank you Lord for using Your Word and Your saints to convict me of my sin and draw me to Yourself.
Arturo (Gordie) Apr 17, 2017 @ 9:35 am
Pastor Blakey hit the nail on the head. Realizing the sanctifying power in my life can only be truly realized in practice towards gaining doctrine. It's one thing to believe, but entirely another thing to act upon it. It's not enough to sit on information. Truly converted souls are truly reborn and follow Christ and no longer remain in darkness but remain in the light. Reflecting on verse 12; thankful for the power of His divine Word. Praying for the lost and the boldness to proclaim the gospel that saves. Forgive me Father when I become complacent...
Bruce Blakey Apr 17, 2017 @ 8:40 am
This is a great chapter on the deity of Christ. He is the "I am." What struck me, though, as I read through this chapter this time was the number of times Jesus referred to the Word - either His Word or the Father's. And He makes the amazing statement that the Word sets people free from the practice of sin. That strikes me because it is so easy for us to accept a lower standard and make excuses for our ongoing sin. We seem to make this determination based on common experience, but in doing so we contradict what Jesus says about His word. I desire to know the Word even more, not just for the sake of information and doctrine but also to know it's sanctifying power in my life.
Kelly Bellinger Apr 17, 2017 @ 8:33 am
"before Abraham was, I AM"! Thank you Lord for your consistent truth, your loving nature, and constantly redirecting me to my eternal future. Help me step away from the anger and frustrations of this world and trust in your path for my life.