Saturday, July 31, 2021

19 They said, “Where is this so-called Father of yours?”

Jesus said, “You’re looking right at me and you don’t see me. How do you expect to see the Father? If you knew me, you would at the same time know the Father.”

20 He gave this speech in the Treasury while teaching in the Temple. No one arrested him because his time wasn’t yet up.

21 Then he went over the same ground again. “I’m leaving and you are going to look for me, but you’re missing God in this and are headed for a dead end. There is no way you can come with me.”

22 The Jews said, “So, is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by ‘You can’t come with me’?”

23-24 Jesus said, “You’re tied down to the mundane; I’m in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I’m living on other terms. I told you that you were missing God in all this. You’re at a dead end. If you won’t believe I am who I say I am, you’re at the dead end of sins. You’re missing God in your lives.”

-John 8:19-24 The Message

In verse 19, Jesus is telling the people that they don’t know my Father or me because if you did, you would know who I am and my Father. These words He spoke in the Treasury, as He taught in the Temple, and no one seized Him because His hour had not come yet.

Verse 20 study: The Temple the scripture is talking about was in the court of women. The way it works is 13 collection boxes were set up to receive money offerings. Out of the 13, seven of those boxes were for taxes that the Temple generated. The other six were freewill offerings. On another occasion, a widow would place her money in one of the boxes. Jesus teaches a powerful lesson about the widow and her giving. You can read it in Luke 21:1-4.

Verse 24 reading: Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.

Verse 24 study: Now, people die in their sins because people reject Christ. The only way to escape evil is to accept Christ, but most people don’t, which is why they die in their sins. People’s ego is blinded because they don’t see the priceless gift Christ offers. Therefore, they continue to take the values of the world to live. To be better than the world, don’t focus on the world’s matters. Here is a couple of questions to wrap up this study. Which are you going for? What are you looking for? Eternal life or Satan.

Father, thank you for today. Thank you for this brief study about sins and giving freely. I pray we can take an example of freely giving without being concerned, and I pray we can understand our sins and know you can help without grief. In Jesus’ name. Amen!