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Jesus went to the mount of olives early in the morning and He came again in the Temple, and all the people came to him; and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the very act; Now Moses in the law commended us that such should be stoned. But what do you say? This they said testing him, that they might have something of which to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger, as though he did not hear.

So when they continued asking him, He raised himself up and said to them He who is without sin among you let him throw a stone at her first. And again he stooped down and wrote on the ground then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one.

Stoning was specified in certain cases of adultery (Deut 22:23-24) though not all ( it is not clear why the authorities intended to punish the woman but not the man) In the Greek text, the pronoun you is emphatic the religious leaders were trying to trap Jesus into saying something that was contrary to the law.

Beginning with the oldest even to the last And Jesus was left alone and the woman standing in the midst when Jesus had raised himself up and saw no one but the woman ,He said to her. woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?

She said no one Lord” and Jesus said to her” neither do I condemn you go and sin no more. << Then Jesus spoke to them again saying” I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. If Jesus had said not to stone her, He would have contradicted Jewish law. If he had said to stone her he would have run counter to roman law, which did not permit Jews to carry out their own execution. What Jesus wrote on the ground is a matter of conjecture.

The Pharisees there fore said to him You bear witness of yourself: your witness is not true.

This sentence does not mean” False” it means not “sufficient” The Pharisees challenged Jesus on legal ground because no man on trial in the Jewish court was allowed to testify on his own behalf. Their point was that, if Jesus were the only one testifying as to who he claimed to be, it would not be enough to prove his case.

Jesus answered and said to them: Even if I bear witness of myself. My witness is true. For I know where I came from and where I am going; But you do not know where I come from and where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one and yet if I judge, my judgement is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the father who sent me. It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true am one who bears witness of myself and the father who sent me bears witness of me.

Jesus argued on the basis of legality and offered other witnesses. Sometime, however, an Individual only one who knows the facts about himself. Thus, self-disclosure is the only way to truth. According to the flesh, this could mean either “according to the appearance” or “by human standards” The religion Leaders formed conclusions based on human standards and imperfect, external, and superficial examination. Jesus did not Judge according human standards or outward appearances.

Then they said to Him. Where is your Father? Jesus answered. you know neither me nor my father If you had known Me, you would have known my Father also.” These words of Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on him. For his hour had yet come.

Then Jesus said to them again” I am going away, and “you will seek me and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come, so the Jews said, will he kill himself because he says where I go you cannot come? He said to them you are from beneath; I am from above you are of this world; I am not of this world Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins for, if you do not believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.

Jesus said again, Who are you? And Jesus said to them Just what have been saying to you from the beginning, I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from him.” They didn’t understand that he spoke to them of the father.

Then Jesus said: when you lift up the son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my father taught me. I speak these things and He who sent Me alone for I always do those thigs that please Him. As he spoke these words many believed in him.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed him, if you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, we are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone, how can you say you will be made free?

Jesus answered them most assuredly, I say to you whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And as a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever therefore if the son makes you free you shall be free indeed.
I know that you are Abraham’s Children, but you seek to kill me because my word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen with my Father and you do what you have seen with your Father. They answered to him, Abraham is our father”

Jesus answered to them: If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham, but now you seek to kill Me a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this; you do the deeds of your father.

Then they said to him, we were not born of fornication we have one Father God.

The Pharisees believed that being a descendent of Abraham guaranteed them a place in heaven. We were not born of fornication; This has been interpreted in the ancient time as a sneer, as if to say “we are not illegitimate children, “but you are” apparently gossip followed Jesus, alleging that he had been conceived out of wedlock.

The Jews answered and said to him Do we not say rightly that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?
Jesus answered” I do not have a demon: But I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. And I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks and Judge. Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word he shall never see death.

Then the Jews said to him “now we know that you have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and you say, if anyone keeps my word he shall never taste death. Are you greater than our Father Abraham who is dead? And the prophets are dead Who do you make yourself out to be?

Jesus said: If I honor myself, my honor is nothing. It is my father who honor me, of whom you say that He is your God. Yet you have not known him, but I know Him. And if I say I do not know Him, I shall be a liar like you; but I do know him and keep his word your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad. The Jews said to him” You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham? Jesus said to them, most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was” I AM”.

Then They took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Abraham and the Prophets kept God’s word and they died. Jesus claimed not that he would prevent physical death, but that he could give eternal life. To the Jewish leaders, this was proof that Jesus was demons- possessed.
Jesus was not just claiming to have lived before Abraham; He was claiming eternal existence.

God Bless,
Imani

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SHUT NOT YOUR EAR TO THE NEEDY : Relieve the afflicted


Relieve the afflicted, help the needy    – how do we do it, in what way and to whom? This concept is always on my conscience, I don’t know about yours. Where do I do I start? Jesus sums up the Old Testament in two commends: the first is to love God with your whole being, and the second is to love your neighbor as your self.( mark 12: 30,31) The second Commend must surely mean that  we must do as much as we can for those who have little or are in need, as that is what we would want done for us.

DO GOOD TO ALL

Who is our neighbor anyway? We are told in Galatians 6:10 ” Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” But I think some times we can take this a little too far and justify ourselves in not really helping others. When I first started work a colleague needed a lift to Prescott . I lived in Phoenix, Arizona was miles out of my way – so I kept quiet and waited until some one else offered her the lift she needed. Unconsciously,  I justified my silence by thinking that she wasn’t in the meeting so I didn’t need to help her – my time  was too precious in doing things for the meeting. Afterwards I felt guilty for my response, but I felt that the attitude within me was entrenched in my very being. I was being careful not to be polluted by those around me that I had become number to seeing the good I could do. When Jesus was asked ,” who is my neighbor?” he told the parable of the Good Samaritan, showing that we need to do good ,and not just do good  ,but go out of our way, even for those who hate us.

SHOWING GOD’S LOVE

Being unspotted from the world is good, but God did not intend us to live as monks. Whilst we are in this  world we need to show God’s love through the kindness we can give to others. Jesus says that if a man ask us to walk one mile we  should go two, and if someone wants to take our coat we are to give it and more besides. We should do above and beyond the call of duty. there is no better way than this to serve our master, and to show others that we are different, that life has a better way. After all ,that is what God has called us to be brothers of Jesus, and adopted sons. Just think of that amazing grace. Surely we should be all the more eager, knowing this ,to bend over backwards to help those around us, in any and every way. Let us then try to do this ,looking for the need(small or insignificant though it may be ) In this way we can show God’s love to others and maybe we can touched ours.

PROFITING FROM THE PROPHETS


Forth coming  judgements in the holy land,including a final conflict involving all nations when God will intervene dramatically! The locust plague God had ,from the earliest times,warned Israel that if they turned from His word,great disasters would follow(Deuteronomy 28) Literal plagues of locusts were sent to remind God’s people of what He had said. when he appealed to the Jews through the prophet Joel,around 800 BC,God liked the forthcoming invasions of the human armies to the cutting,swarming,hopping,destroying locusts,which they may already have experienced. Invading armies Assyrian And Babylonian invasions of the land of Israel,foretold in this chapter,were followed centuries later by Greek,Roman and Mohammedan incursions. These left the Holy Land desolate until AD 1917,when the Jews were allowed to return. Promise of blessing(Joel 2:18-32) the troubles which were to come on God’s people had as their object the return of Israel to the true worship of God. Great blessings are promised when this national repentance finally comes.  Mean while,the greatest invasion of the Holy Land has yet to take place! Final Invasion(chapter 3)Details are given of an invasion by all nations ,at a time when Israel are back in the land(3:1) as they are to day. The wickedness of all nations is now so great (verses 12,13)that when North and south become involved in a great Middle East conflict, God’s judgement ts will be seen on the earth. The time is ripe for the putting in of His “sickle”(verse 13) and the cutting down of the wicked! God will intervene dramatically by sending Jesus Christ to Jerusalem( verse 16),as so many other scriptures indicate.

FAITH ALIVE


100 HOURS

100 Hours : That’s how long it would take for an average reader to read the whole Bible,cover to cover-100 hours.That’s just over 4 days. We could sit,without sleep or food,and read the bible non-stop for the rest of the year.At least we could if we saw reading the Bible as challenge to be attempted once and then never again.

Bible reading just isn’t like that .It isn’t just a feat of endurance or something “we did once” it’s a lifetime’s worth of absorbing and taking on board divine ideas ,divine ideals and divine perspectives.There is some thing about God and his ways which we can learn on each page-however many times we ‘ ve read it .Bible reading is about consistency over time,However we achieve constancy,whether through a system of reading or a method of our own, a daily reminder of divine ways and our calling to share in  them should make our lives richer both now,and ,when the Lord return, forever.

“This is eternal life,that they know you the only true God,and Jesus Christ who you have sent”(John17:3)

Valued options-or not

When we value someone’s opinion in life we listen as hard as we can; we make a note to remember what they have said why then do God’s opinions some times (or often) get ignored when he speaks to us through the words his book? The words which are in the Lord’s book of wisdom are words to be valued,divine instruction to be noted and followed,divine direction as to the route our lives should take.

Is it simply because we have to make an effort and pick up a book with words written in ink on a page that we hesitate to listen ? If God spoke to us directly with the voice of thundering ,as was the case at Sinai , would we fear to listen?  If the Lord Jesus Christ stood next to us and spoke the words which are recorded on the page , would we listen any better than we do now? peraps we like to think we would -or would we still make the same excuse?

*”Too hard- This is a hard saying, who can listen to it? After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.(John 6:60-66).

Too much effort” Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.. he who has ears to hear,let him hear” ( Luke 14: 25- 35)

Got ( more important) things to do first” ” Lord,let me first go and bury my father..”(Luke 9:59,60)

POWER

The book we are able to hold in our hands ,often in our own language,is full of power: power to enable us to understand the mind of our God who has revealed the mind of our God who has revealed himself to us through its page;power to make our lives one dominated by spiritual and not natural things; power to change us.

But  only if we read it.

NOT MUCH TO ASK

100 hours of our years is not much -it translates into a bare minimum of about 20 minites a day . consistent reference to the word of God will enrich our live. it reminds us of the importance of what we believe,who we believe in and why we believe it .it will direct our path and it will direct our life( psalm119:105)

Quotations from the ES V (how many did you look up?

PAUL”S ENEMIES PLOT TO KILL HIM


” We will eat nothing until we have slain Paul”

To show that the cleverest plans of the wicked can be easily overthrown by God’s power.

PAUL IN TROUBLE AGAIN

The Chief Captain of the Roman soldiers still needed to know why the Jews had wanted to kill Paul. So the following day he called the rulers of Jews together and sent Paul down to stand before them.But the meeting did not go well either. The Jews ended up arguing amongst themselve and become very angry.The chief Capptain was afraid that Paul would be attacked again.So Paul was hastily brought back inside tha catle.

PAUL ENCOURAGED BY THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

Poor Paul! He must have felt very unhappy.But God had not forgotten him. That night the lord Jesus Christ appeared to him and said,” Take courage Paul,for as you have testified of me in Jerusalem,so must you bear witness also at Rome.” How these words from Jesus must have encouraged Paul. God was giving him strength to face the troubles that were ahead.

THE PLOT OF PAUL’S ENEMIES

Now Paul’s enemies thought of another plot to kill him. More than forty jews banded together and promised that they would not eat or drink anything until they had killed Paul. They came to the Chief priests and scribes and said,”Ask the Chief Captain to bring Paul downto you tomorrow .tell him you want to question Paul.We will be ready to kill him as he comes down.”

GOD OVERTHROWS THE PLOT

But a young man overheard their plan.The young man was Paul’s nephew.He came quickly to Paul and told him what he had heard.Paul listened carefully to his story and then called for a soldier to take the young man before the  Chief Captain privately. When the Chief Captain heard the plot,he sent Paul’s nephew away but told him not to tell anyone else.”Tell nobody that you have told me this” he said.

In this way God made known the wicked plan of Paul’s enemies to the Chief Captain himself.The Chief Captain soon thought of a way to save Paul’s life.

PAUL IS BROUGHT SAFELY TO FELIX

The Chief Captain issued his orders to save Paul from the hands of his enemies.He called two centurions to him and gave them  a command  ” Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to caesarea, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen at the third hour of the night,and bring paul safely unto Felix the Governor.” The Chief Captain Immediately wrote a letter to send to Felix the Roman Governor ,He was sure Paul had done nothing worthy of death.

And so at nine o’clock that night ,four hundred and seventy soldiers,with Paul in the midst of them,rode out of Jerusalem.Into the night they marched,down  the road to Caesarea.The  following day they reached the streets of that city and brought Paul in safely before Felix,the Roman Governor.

Brief:

Paul’s enemies had met early in the morning to plan to kill Paul.Their plan was a clever one and seemed certain to succeed. But they did not know that God had a different plan.No matter what men may plan to do to us,god always watches over us.  We should learn from this to trust in God. God gives us strengthens us and encourages us.

We remember that:

* When Paul was unhappy the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him in the night and encouraged him.

*Paul’s enemies plotted to kill him secretly.

*Paul’s nephew overheard their plans and told Paul.

*70 horsemen and 200 spearmen and 200 soldiers took Paul safely to Felix the Roman Governor by night.