Daily Archives: September 17, 2018
John was one of the 12 apostles and referred to himself as the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” His perspective on the Good News is unique and jam-packed with love. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders
45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”
46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.
47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”
50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”
52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”
53 Then they all went home,
8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”
14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”
19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”
“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.
Dispute Over Who Jesus Is
21 Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”
22 This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”
23 But he continued, “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; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”
25 “Who are you?” they asked.
“Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. 26 “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”
27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, “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 but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.
Under Attack | Becky Newman
Jesus is addressing the questioning of his identity. The questions keep coming, and Jesus keeps patiently answering them. The Pharisees and teachers of the law have put their understanding of God in a box. When we seek through honest heart-felt questions, God will open our eyes and reveal, as He did to those who believed as reported in verse 8:30. But if we are questioning to trap or get the answer we want to hear, like the Pharisees and Jewish leaders were, we will die in our sins (vs. 8:24).
I am struggling this week through an attack on my faith, in a situation that is occurring more often. As a disciple, a follower of Jesus, I should look at how Jesus handled these attacks, and not just merely listen/read Your Word, but DO what it says (James 1:22). The first question is how am I putting God in a box in this situation? The Pharisees couldn’t cross the line to seeking Jesus because they were stopped at Jesus growing up in Galilee, and the scriptures didn’t say the Messiah would be from Galilee; but if they truly sought, just a little deeper, just a pinch outside of the box, they would have learned of his birth in Bethlehem, just as the scriptures said, and his being called out of Egypt, just as the scriptures said, and the AHA! moment would have occurred. I realize that I am putting God in a box in the understanding of His mighty power. When I mentioned the situation to a fellow Christian yesterday, the first thing he said was, “They don’t know what’s coming for them!” And that’s exactly right. It’s not about me and having the right words or actions to stop this attack, it’s about You and the display of Your might and will to stop this attack and win hearts for the Kingdom. And I am honored to serve You if You use me in this. My bottom line on how to act going forward is this verse 8:29 — You are with me; You have not left me alone. I seek to do what pleases You in this situation and in everything every day.
Lord, may I never go into battle each day without the shield of faith. May Your almighty power be on display for all to see in this attack. May You be glorified and may the result be many more believers.
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