John 8

John 8: He that is without Sin, cast the First Stone!

                Jesus leaves and goes into the mount of Olives, before returning to the Temple to teach those gathered. Shortly after being in the temple, the scribes and Pharisees bring in a woman and throw her before Jesus saying; “…this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?” (John 8:4-5) It is clear that the scribes and the Pharisees were only trying to tempt Jesus and catch Him in a trap. Jesus however, stooped down and began to write on the ground with His finger as if He did not hear what they just said. This angered the scribes and the Pharisees and they persisted in asking Jesus what He thought of the woman and the sin she had just performed. Jesus said to them; “…He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7) Upon hearing this and after the conscience of their own guilt they began to leave one by one, until only the woman and Jesus were left. When Jesus saw that no one else was around, He lifted up His head and asked the woman; “…Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?” (John 8:10) The woman responded; “…No man, Lord.” (John 8:11) Jesus then tells her; “…Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11)

Jesus takes the opportunity to teach those who had gathered; “…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12) The Scribes and the Pharisees attack Him for bearing record of Himself, Jesus explains that even if He bears record of Himself, it is still true. He explains that the Father bears record of Him and He bears record of the Father. He reminds them that in their law; “…the testimony of two men is true.” (John 8:17) The Scribes and Pharisees foolishly ask where His Father is, and Jesus explains that if they knew the Father, they would have known His Son also.

Jesus tells them; “…When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me I speak these things.” (John 8:28) Essentially we learn here that Jesus is the Son of God, and being so means that the Son and the Father are two separate and individual beings, one in purpose. Jesus tells those gathered that if they follow Him, they shall be set free. This, asking how they could be free if they were never in bondage confused some. Jesus explains; “…Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” (John 8:34)

Even so, many sought to kill Jesus. Saying that they were the children of Abraham and because of Abraham they were children of the Father. Jesus tells them; “…If God were your Father, ye would love me; for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? …Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God” (John 8:42-43)

                The Scribes and Pharisees then say that Jesus has a devil inside of Him (which makes no sense, He just said that the Devil was evil, and evil spirit would never say such a thing) Even after Jesus explains that He doesn’t have an evil spirit, they persist. Jesus tells them that if anyone follows Him, they shall not see death. Jesus of course was speaking of Spiritual Death, but the Scribes and Pharisees said that he definitely has a devil, asking Him; “Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead?” (John 8:53)

Jesus explains that “…Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56) The Jews were angry at this point and asked Jesus; “…Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?” (John 8:57) They just didn’t get it, because they did not believe that Jesus was the Christ, nor the Son of God. Jesus answered them, saying; “…Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58) The Jews were even more angered and picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus escaped.

So who is I AM? In the Old Testament we read about the God of the Old Testament, known as Jehovah, who said he was the great I AM. When Moses was speaking to God and asking Him who he should tell his people that sent him; “…God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM… Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you…” (Exodus 3:14-15) Therefore, the reason Jesus knew Abraham, is because He was His God. He was His Father, and Jesus Christ’s Father was God the Eternal Father.

Psalms 45-46

Psalms 45-46

Chapter 45: The Messiah Fairer than the Children of Men

To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves.

                “Thou art fairer than the children of men…” (Psalms 45:1) Here the author is telling us that the Messiah (the Lord) is fairer than men.

“Thy throne, O God, is forever… the scepter of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” (Psalms 45:6-7)

                Here we learn that the Lord (Jehovah or Jesus) is fairer than men, but also that He answers to the same God we do; The Father! If we fast forward to the New Testament we read in Hebrew 1:8-10; “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever… a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God; even thy God, hath anointed thee… And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.”

Who is the God of the Old Testament?

                Why is this important? We know that the God of the ‘Old Testament’ was named Jehova. We know this because in Exodus 3:13 Moses asks the ‘God of the Old Testament’; “…when I come unto the children of Israel… and they shall say unto me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them?” God responds back in the next verse and says; “…I AM THAT I AM… Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you… Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name forever…” (Exodus 3:15-16)

                So we learn that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jabob of the Old Testament is named “I AM”. So now we have to fast forward again to the New Testament to see what was said about this God named “I AM”. In the story of the adulterous woman, Jesus tells the men who condemned the woman and wanted her to be stoned; “…He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone…” (John 8:7) This of course did not make the Pharisees happy and then began to question Jesus. Jesus was not about to be ridiculed and responds in a very authoritative, yet respectful way; “…I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me…” (John 8:28)

Jesus was trying to make a point, He was sent by His Father! Jesus goes on to tell the Pharisees that if a man follow his worth “…he shall never see death” (John 8:51) of course Jesus is talking about a Spiritual death, but the Pharisees did not get this point and continued to ridicule Jesus; “…Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham” (John 8:56) Jesus responded to this by telling the Jews “…Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58) This clearly shows that Jesus was the ‘great I AM’ of the Old Testament. After all “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him…” (John 1:1-3)

“By the word of the Lord [Jesus] were the heavens made…” (Psalms 33:6)

                Notice how it says the ‘Word’ was with God, and yet he is God? Jesus is a God but He is not THE God, which is our Father. Jesus was with the Father in the beginning; Jesus acted as a builder of the Universe, where the Father was the one who laid out the plans our ‘blueprints of the universe’.

Chapter 46: “Know that I am God”

To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A song upon Alamoth

                “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear…” (Psalms 46:1-2)

Even when the world around us crumbles; through war and natural disaster we need to not fear, if we truly have faith in the Lord. “Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalms 46:10). This is a great reminder for everyone; just BE STILL and know that God is there!