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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.

PAUL 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 the Jews together and sent Paul down to stand before them. But the meeting did not go well either.The Jews ended up arguing among st  themselves and became very angry.The Chief Captain was afraid that Paul would be attacked again.So Paul was hastily brought back inside the castle.

PAUL ENCOURAGED BY THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

Poor Paul!  He must have felt very unhappy. But God  had no 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 down to 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 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 pearmen 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 strength to face trouble too when we read His word it strengthens us and encourages us.

* 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.

*Seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen and two hundred soldiers took Paul safely to Felix the Roman Governor by night.

PAUL GOES TO JERUSALEM


” So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owns this girdle”

To show Paul’s faith as he bravely faced the trials before  him, knowing that God was working in his life.

PAUL TRAVELS TO JERUSALEM

Paul was going back to Jerusalem.When he came to caesarea,there was a prophet there named Agabus,who could prophesy by the power of the holy spirit.He tied it around his own hands and feet ” Thus saith.He  said ” So  shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle,and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.” So Paul knew that he would be taken prisoner in Jerusalem, but he went there anyway.

PAUL ARRIVES IN JERUSALEM

When Paul arrived in Jerusalem,all the brethren were glad to see him. Paul told them the wonderful things that God had done through him among the Gentiles. Everyone joined in praise to God when they heard these things.

PAUL’S ENEMIES IN JERUSALEM

Some of the Jews whom Paul had argued against during his journeys saw him in the Temple.They did not like Paul teaching to the Gentiles. They liked to think God only cared about Jews. So they caught hold of him and cried out, Men of Israel! Help! This is the man that teacheth all men everywhere against the people,and the law of Moses, and this Temple. He has brought Gentiles also into the Temple,and hath polluted this holy place.”   Of course,this was not true,but the news spread rapidly through the crowd.People came running from all directions. They seized Paul and dragged him out. Then they shut the doors of the Temple and set about to kill him.

THE CHIEF CAPTAIN MAKES PAUL A PRISONER

In Jerusalem there was a band of Roman soldiers in charge of the city.When the chief Captain heard that Jerusalem was in an uproar, he immediately ran down into the city with centurions and soldiers. The people were so crazy that they would have killed Paul.But when they saw the Chief Captain and soldiers coming,they stopped beating him and stood back. The Chief Captain arrested Paul and Commanded his soldiers to bind him with two chains. Paul was a Roman prisoner now.

PAUL IS TAKEN TO THE CASTLE

The Chief Captain demanded out one thing,and some shouted something else.The Chief captain could not  understand what they all meant because of the noise.So he ordered Paul to be brought into the castle.The soldiers actually had to carry Paul,because the crowd was so violent.   As he was led up the steps into the castle,Paul said to the Chief Captain,” I beseech thee,allow me to speak to the people.” The Chief Captain gave him permission.   So Paul stood on the stairs and held up his hand. Then everyone became quiet and listened.

PAUL SPEAKS TO THE PEOPLE.

Paul spoke to all the people in the Hebrew language. He told them that Jesus Christ had appeared to him on the  road to Damascus long ago,and had told him to preach the Truth to all men. God had even told him that he was sending him to the Gentiles.

As soon as Paul said the word ” Gentiles” the people who had been very quiet until then, started to shout out loudly again.

” AWAY WITH SUCH A FELLOW FROM THE EARTH, FOR IT IS NOT FIT THAT HE SHOULD LIVE!”  They cried. They could not believe that God wanted to save gentiles as well. They thought that God was only interested in Jews like themselves.

PAUL IS KEPT IN PRISON

When all the shouting started again, the Chief Captain took Paul right inside the castle.      So the words which God had spoke through  Agabus had come to pass .Paul had been terribly beaten,and now he was a prisoner at Jerusalem! But this evil which had fallen upon Paul was really all part of God’s plan. God was making a way open for Paul to visit Rome.

Brief:   The word of God through the prophet Agabus had come to pass. God’s word always does! Paul had been badly beaten and made a prisoner,all because he was teaching about Christ and the Kingdom of God.But he never lost his faith,even in trouble.

We must remember that:

* Agubus the prophet showed Paul that he would be a prisoner in Jerusalem.

*The brethren at Jerusalem welcomed Paul.

*Paul’s enemies set about to kill him.

* The Chief Captain arrested Paul.

*The chief Captain allowed Paul to speak to the people.

*When Paul mentioned ” the Gentiles” the people became angry again.

* God was making a way opened for Paul to go to Rome.

* We should trust in God at all times and He will deliver us in times of trouble.

We should be like Paul and trust in God at all times and He will deliver us in times of trouble.

EUTYCHUS FALLS A SLEEP


” Trouble not yourselves, for his life is in him”

To show God’s power in raising to life again people that have  died.

THE MEETING AT TROAS

It was night time in the city of Troas. In one room, high up on the third floor of a house , many oil lamps were burning.It was the first day of the week and the followers of jesus had met there to break bread and drink wine,as Jesus had commanded. Everyone in the crowded room was listening very carefully to paul as he spoke to them from the Bible.

PAUL SPEAKS TO THE MEETING FOR A LONG TIME

The apostle paul had been at Troas for six days now ,but on the next day he had to leave them.He was on his way back to jerusalem. Knowing that he would never again see the brethren at Troas until the Kingdom should come, Paul had many things to say to them.They must have been only too glad to listen,because paul went on speaking until midnight.

EUTYCHUS FALLS OUT OF THE WINDOW

There was a young lad named Eutychus sitting on the window sill listening to paul. After Paul had been speaking for a long time,Eutychus became drowsy.His eyes closed, his had nodded,and soon he fell sound a sleep. Then,while Paul was still speaking,Eutychus fell right out of the window and down onto the street,three stories bellow.When the people lifted him up.he was dead, killed by the fall from the window.

EUTYCHUS IS RAISED FROM THE DEAD

Horrified,the disciples rushed down the stairs. What a terrible thing to happen! When they found that Eutychus was dead,they were shocked and very sad. But just as  God had given Jesus the power to raise up the dead ,so He gave this power to his apostle Paul. Paul fell upon Eutychus and put his arms around him.”Don’t be frightened” he said to the disciples.He is alive” And so he was.Eutychus had been brought back to life.

LAST HOURS AT TROAS

With hearts full of thankfulness,the disciples returned to the upper room.With their own eyes,they had seen God’s power to raise the dead to life again  Now they broke the bread and drank the wine to remind them of how jesus had died and God had raised him up again.They were very much comforted and their faith was strengthened by the great miracle they had just seen!

PAUL SPEAKS UNTIL THE MORNING

Paul went on speaking through the early hours of the morning ,encouraging them to be faithful to the words he had taught them from the Bible.If they remained faithful,they,too,would be goven life from the dead at the return of the Lord Jesus christ.

But now the day was breaking and Paul had to leave for Jerusalem.He knew that they would bind him with chains and put him in prison there.But he too took courage from the miracle that had just happened.He also would die,but God’s power would raise him at the return of Jesus ,and we know that Paul will  be amongst those who will live forever in God’s kingdom.

Brief:   Eutychus was a young man who wanted to hear God’s word,but he grew tired,and fell from his seat on the window ledge and died.God’s power to raise the dead was shown when the apostle Paul brought him back to life again. Eutychus had the opportinity to continue his study of eternallife at the return of Jesus,If he remained faithful.so must we learn from the word of God and be baptised and continue to obey God that we too may be given life eternal when Jesus returns to the earth.

Remember that:

* Paul spoke to the people in a third floor room at Troas.

*Eutychus wennt to sleep and was killed when he fell out of the window.

*By God’s power Paul made Eutychus alive again.

* The disciples returned to the upper room and broke bread and drank wine.

* Next morning Paul left Troas to go to Jerusalem.

* We must believe and be baptised and continue to obey God so that we may find a place in the kingdom when Jesus returns to the earth.