Day 41 (Fri, Sept 19, 2014)

Second Day of Temple Teaching

30 total verses: John 8:1-30

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

140. Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives in John 8:1
141. Teaches at temple in the morning in John 8:2
142. Adulterous woman brought to Jesus in John 8:3-11
143. Light of the world in John 8:12-20
144. Sent by the Father in John 8:21-30

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

John 8:1. After Jesus had finished at the Temple, he went to the Mount of Olives. Later we find that this is one of the regular places Jesus went to pray.

John 8:2. Perhaps after spending the night in prayer on the Mount of Olives, Jesus arrived early to the Temple, where he sat down to teach.

John 8:3-11. In order to test Jesus, the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, to see how Jesus would handle the sticky situation. Would he command her to be stoned? Or would he not uphold the Law? Jesus very wisely and shrewdly told the crowd that the one who is without sin should cast the first stone. All this time Jesus is writing with his finger on the ground. No one really knows what he was writing. Sins no one was without sin, they all dropped their stones and left, leaving only Jesus and the woman. Jesus says he does not condemn her either, but charges her to sin no more.

John 8:12-20. Jesus argues again with the Pharisees. He begins by saying the he is the light of the world, and that whoever follows him will not walk in darkness. The Pharisees tell him that he cannot bear witness to himself, but Jesus said that he could, and so could his father. And then Jesus said that those who know him know the father.

John 8:21-30. Jesus speaks mysteriously to the Pharisees, telling them he is going away, and they cannot come. They puzzle over that, not at all sure of what he means. But he also mentioned that he would die, and when he did, more people would know and understand that he was sent from God.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

My favorite verse from this section is John 8:12, “‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life'” (ESV). I like the imagery of Jesus being the light of the world — the he shines, and because of that, people can see him. And I like the fact that as a follower of Jesus, I will have light with me always. I will not walk in darkness.

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