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John 8

June 7, 2008

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

30 thoughts on “John 8”

  1. v.5-6 Since the Jews were under Roman rule they actually weren’t permitted to stone anyone (see also John 18:31).

  2. v.5-6 Since the Jews were under Roman rule they actually weren’t permitted to stone anyone (see also John 18:31).

  3. Twice Jesus slips away v.20 & v.59. They could not seize Him because His time had not come. No one can touch us either without God’s permission.

    v.47 The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.

    Jesus has been talking to the Jews for quite a while here and they just don’t get it. Jesus concludes it is because they don’t belong to God.

  4. Twice Jesus slips away v.20 & v.59. They could not seize Him because His time had not come. No one can touch us either without God’s permission.

    v.47 The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.

    Jesus has been talking to the Jews for quite a while here and they just don’t get it. Jesus concludes it is because they don’t belong to God.

  5. Alison C

    v.51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.

    Beautiful promise!

  6. Alison C

    v.51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.

    Beautiful promise!

  7. Just another thought. The Pharisees in v.5 expected one of two answers, either she is stoned or she is not stoned but Jesus came up with another scenario. I think Jesus would give us other options too if we bothered to ask.

  8. Just another thought. The Pharisees in v.5 expected one of two answers, either she is stoned or she is not stoned but Jesus came up with another scenario. I think Jesus would give us other options too if we bothered to ask.

  9. Back 😉 catching up … haven’t felt like thinking or studying for awhile.

    The Jews may not have been allowed to put anyone to death under Roman law but they did it anyway. Pilate told them to take him and judge him under their own law … then it says this was to signify what kind of death Christ was to endure … the Jews would have stoned him the Romans would hang him on a tree.

    In Acts they stoned Stephen and a Roman stood by in approval.
    Acts 8:1 Acts 22:20

    So just the way they did not follow their own law they got away with what they could under Roman law as well.

  10. Back 😉 catching up … haven’t felt like thinking or studying for awhile.

    The Jews may not have been allowed to put anyone to death under Roman law but they did it anyway. Pilate told them to take him and judge him under their own law … then it says this was to signify what kind of death Christ was to endure … the Jews would have stoned him the Romans would hang him on a tree.

    In Acts they stoned Stephen and a Roman stood by in approval.
    Acts 8:1 Acts 22:20

    So just the way they did not follow their own law they got away with what they could under Roman law as well.

  11. The woman caught in adultery was an interesting scenario.
    Jesus said He did not come into the world to destroy the law but to fulfill it. Matt 5

    Matt 23:23
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law:

    justice and mercy and faithfulness;

    It is interesting that stoning must have been the mint and dill and cumin?

    I often wonder if some of the ‘expansions’ of the ten commandments are for real in the OT. They seem so harsh and there were those Israelis who seemed to enjoy these harsh realities and probabaly used the law for occasion to manipulate and ensnare their neighbour.

    Hmmm At any rate, God the Father in the OT did have a heavy hand at times … but His love and mercy come through more than anything else when you read the OT through.

    I have rambled away from the story …

    So Jesus had to keep the law and show love and mercy in this situation. I’m wondering if He and the Father were speaking while He wrote on the ground.

    Jesus … “well we did make this rule up you know.”

    God the Father…”Yea but we are here to show mercy and not judge right now.

    OK this is what we are going to do.”

    “He who is without sin cast the first stone”…

    Back to the ground

    Jesus … “This better work … hope there’s not some delusional in the crowd that believes he’s not a sinner.”

    Jesus … ok let’s see what happens.

    The crowd disperses … the spirit of the law is kept and the woman is forgiven even before the cross.

  12. The woman caught in adultery was an interesting scenario.
    Jesus said He did not come into the world to destroy the law but to fulfill it. Matt 5

    Matt 23:23
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law:

    justice and mercy and faithfulness;

    It is interesting that stoning must have been the mint and dill and cumin?

    I often wonder if some of the ‘expansions’ of the ten commandments are for real in the OT. They seem so harsh and there were those Israelis who seemed to enjoy these harsh realities and probabaly used the law for occasion to manipulate and ensnare their neighbour.

    Hmmm At any rate, God the Father in the OT did have a heavy hand at times … but His love and mercy come through more than anything else when you read the OT through.

    I have rambled away from the story …

    So Jesus had to keep the law and show love and mercy in this situation. I’m wondering if He and the Father were speaking while He wrote on the ground.

    Jesus … “well we did make this rule up you know.”

    God the Father…”Yea but we are here to show mercy and not judge right now.

    OK this is what we are going to do.”

    “He who is without sin cast the first stone”…

    Back to the ground

    Jesus … “This better work … hope there’s not some delusional in the crowd that believes he’s not a sinner.”

    Jesus … ok let’s see what happens.

    The crowd disperses … the spirit of the law is kept and the woman is forgiven even before the cross.

  13. Jesus … “This better work … hope there’s not some delusional in the crowd that believes he’s not a sinner.”

    LOL!

    Btw I was reading the other day that compared to other countries in OT times the Jewish laws were actually lenient!

    Which made me wonder if a lot of our problems with the harshness of the OT is that we are not reading it in the context in which it was written. After all what else do we read that was written 5000 years ago?

  14. Jesus … “This better work … hope there’s not some delusional in the crowd that believes he’s not a sinner.”

    LOL!

    Btw I was reading the other day that compared to other countries in OT times the Jewish laws were actually lenient!

    Which made me wonder if a lot of our problems with the harshness of the OT is that we are not reading it in the context in which it was written. After all what else do we read that was written 5000 years ago?

  15. v.5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”

    Actually the Law commanded both parties to be stoned. Where is the man?

  16. v.5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”

    Actually the Law commanded both parties to be stoned. Where is the man?

  17. v.6 But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.

    In the old covenant God wrote the 10 commandments with his finger. Perhaps Jesus doing this was a reminder and predicted the new covenant.

  18. v.6 But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.

    In the old covenant God wrote the 10 commandments with his finger. Perhaps Jesus doing this was a reminder and predicted the new covenant.

  19. v.7 “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
    v.11 “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.

    Someone pointed out to me the other day that the only one in the crowd who was without sin was Jesus. He could have stoned her but showed her forgiveness and grace instead. Which is what he does for all of us.

  20. v.7 “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
    v.11 “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.

    Someone pointed out to me the other day that the only one in the crowd who was without sin was Jesus. He could have stoned her but showed her forgiveness and grace instead. Which is what he does for all of us.

  21. v.35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

    Slaves are bound to serve not free to serve.

  22. v.35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

    Slaves are bound to serve not free to serve.

  23. v.58-59 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

    Throughout this discourse (v.12-59) Jesus was explaining to the Jews that he was God but when they finally realized this their response was to stone him because they thought he was being blasphemous.

  24. v.58-59 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

    Throughout this discourse (v.12-59) Jesus was explaining to the Jews that he was God but when they finally realized this their response was to stone him because they thought he was being blasphemous.

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