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... but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that believing you may have life in His name.
  John 20:31

Lesson 7, John 8

Caught in Adultery
Exodus 20:14 You shall not commit adultery.
Deuteronomy 22:22 If a man is found lying with a woman married to a husband, then both of them shall die; the man that lay with the woman, and the woman; so you shall put away the evil from Israel. See also Leviticus 20:10.

Again we find Jesus in conflict with the Jewish leaders. A couple is caught in the act of adultery, yet suspiciously, only the woman is brought to Jesus at the temple for condemnation. The trap is set for Jesus to alienate Himself either from the Law of Moses or from the common people who were attracted to His message of a loving God who wanted to forgive their sins.

    Grace and Law (John 8:1-11)
  1. After the discussion at the feast at the conclusion of John 7, we are told, "Then each went to his own house." In John 8 we find Jesus has no home to which to go. Where did Jesus go?

  2. Early in the morning, Jesus went back to the temple to teach and was confronted by the scribes and Pharisees. In what trap were they trying to catch Jesus?

  3. When Jesus seemed to be ignoring the scribes and Pharisees, they continued to insist He answer their question about what to do with the woman. How did He answer them?

    How did the accusers respond?

  4. Much is made about Jesus forgiving this woman caught in adultery. Some people want to use it as an indication that they can lead a sinful life, but should not be "condemned" by the religious world. After all, Jesus' grace will cover them. What is wrong with this reasoning?

    Light and Darkness (John 8:12-20)

  5. From verse 12, what is Jesus' second "I AM" statement from this book?

  6. How is Jesus the Light of the World?

  7.   In Matthew 5:14, 16 at the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is admonishing believers to be the light of the world. How do you accomplish that?

    What can you do to bring more light to the world?

  8. What is the appeal of darkness?

  9. What argument did the Pharisees raise at this confrontation?

    In the Law of Moses two witnesses were needed to support a man's testimony (Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15). Who did Jesus say were His witnesses?

  10. The Pharisees thought they knew who Jesus' father was (John 6:42). How did Jesus address this misconception?

  11. Why was Jesus not arrested for heresy?

    Life and Death (John 8:21-30)

  12. In verse 21, what does Jesus warn will be the consequences of the Pharisees' unbelief?

  13. How does Jesus contrast Himself with the Pharisees?

  14. When Jesus told them that they would "die in their sin," what was the exception available to them?

  15. Although the Jewish leaders did not understand what Jesus was teaching, He continued trying to get through to them. From verse 28, when did Jesus say they would know that He was Who He claimed to be?

  16. How will Jesus be lifted up?

  17.   When they lifted up the Son of Man, then they would know Him. The One who sent Him would always be with Him. That is because Jesus always does what pleases His Father. Can we say the same thing?

  18. Verse 30 says many believed in Him. Considering the following verses of this chapter, what kind of faith did they have?

    Freedom and Bondage (8:31-47)

  19. What distinction did Jesus make about true disciples?

  20. Being Abraham's seed, the crowd said they had never been slaves to anyone. To what kind of slavery was Jesus referring?

  21. What could set them free? What prevented the Jews from understanding their need to be free?

  22.   Many nonbelievers do not see the appeal of the freedom that Jesus brings. They view the Christian lifestyle as ensnaring. What can believers do to make that freedom more appealing?

  23. How does Jesus distinguish between Abraham's children and the devil's children in the following verses?

    8:39 ___________________________ 8:40 ___________________________
    8:42 ___________________________ 8:43 ___________________________
    8:47 ___________________________ 8:44 ___________________________

  24. Jesus claimed He came from God and spoke only what He had heard from God. Who or what prevented them from accepting truth?

    How do these same kinds of things continue to keep people from understanding truth today?

    Honor and Dishonor (8:48-59)

  25. The Jews dishonored Jesus by saying He had a demon. What was His answer to their claim?

  26. How did Abraham honor Jesus? See Hebrews 11:13 and I Peter 1:10-12.

  27. What does Jesus say one must do to never see death?

    To what kind of death is Jesus referring?

  28. John 8 begins with the Jews trying to stone a sinful woman. At the end of this chapter, what statement made the crowd angry enough to want to stone Jesus?

    Why would that anger them? See Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 41:4; Revelation 1:8

  29.   How do you honor Jesus?

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