Juking Non-Believers

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

31-32 Again, the Jews picked up rocks to throw at him. Jesus said, “I have made a present to you from the Father of a great many good actions. For which of these acts do you stone me?”

33 The Jews said, “We’re not stoning you for anything good you did, but for what you said—this blasphemy of calling yourself God.”

34-38 Jesus said, “I’m only quoting your inspired Scriptures, where God said, ‘I tell you—you are gods.’ If God called your ancestors’ gods’—and Scripture doesn’t lie—why do you yell, ‘Blasphemer! Blasphemer!’ at the unique One the Father consecrated and sent into the world, just because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I don’t do the things my Father does, well and good; don’t believe me. But if I am doing them, put aside for a moment what you hear me say about myself and just take the evidence of the actions that are right before your eyes. Then perhaps things will come together for you, and you’ll see that not only are we doing the same thing, we are the same—Father and Son. He is in me; I am in him.”

39-42 They tried yet again to arrest him, but he slipped through their fingers. He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized and stayed there. A lot of people followed him over. They were saying, “John did no miracles, but everything he said about this man has come true.” Many believed in him then and there.

-John 10:31-42 The Message.

Verse 31: The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him.

Verse 32: Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?”

Verse 33: The Jews answered them, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.”

Verse 31 study: This Scripture shows that the Jews are trying to kill Jesus because of blasphemy, pointed out in Leviticus 24:16 that those who claim to be God will be stoned.

Verse 34: Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’?”

Verse 35: “If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken).

Verse 36: Do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world. You are blaspheming because I said, I am the Son of God?

Verse 37: “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;

Verse 38: But if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”

Verse 39: Therefore, they were seeking again to seize Him, and He eluded their grasp.

Verse 40: And he went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there.

Verse 41: Many came to Him and were saying, “While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true.”

Verse 42: Many believed in Him there.

Verses 34-36 study: The reference Jesus referred the Israelite rulers and judges is called “gods” see Exodus 4:16; 7:1 and check out Psalm 82:6. In backing up his point, how is it blasphemy for Jesus to call himself the Son of God when God called the Israelite leaders gods because they were the agent of God’s revelation and will? Jesus reprimanded the religious leaders because he is the Son of God uniquely and has an unparalleled relationship of oneness with the Father.

Verse 35 study: The Scripture cannot be broken a direct quote from verse 35. We accept Christ as our Lord, we take him at his word, and we must accept his testimony to the Bible as God’s Word. Do you take Christ our Lord at his word?

Father, thank you for our study. In this chapter, we learn about the voice of Christ and the sheep and how they can tell the difference between others and Christ’s voice. I pray we can take this into our lives as well. Let us tell the difference between your voice telling us directly versus Satan’s voice to dispute what he wants us to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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