The Word One to One Book 5
April 26- May 2, 2020
You all have been on my heart this week, as I prayed for illnesses, family, careers, etc. I pray the Lord is supplying your needs, and encouraging you as we wait for His timing. Some days seem like a thousand years…
Back to our topic–
Well…I don’t agree with skipping John 8:1-11, but we will stay with the material. My BSF notes from John 8:1-11 say:
The exact timing of the Jesus’ interaction with the woman caught in adultery is not known. Some scholars have placed it differently in the biblical narrative. The account appears in italics in many Bibles because some of the oldest manuscripts do not include the encounter. However, leaders in the early church refer to this passage as far back as A.D. 100. So there is little doubt it is a genuine episode in Jesus’ ministry. Its placement at the beginning of John 8 seems appropriate because the woman’s story illustrates Jesus’ character. The Lord sheds unrelenting light on the sin’s harsh reality, yet His truth offers liberation from sin’s deadly grip.
If you would like to comment on 8:1-11, please feel free! The poor woman in her iniquity was also being used to trap Jesus (vs. 6). And of course His perfection, mercy, salvation and justice (being faithful to the standards of holiness) were wrapped up in His response. I wonder if someday we’ll know what He wrote…
I am reminded to examine myself daily, and be primarily concerned about my standing with Christ rather than with the world. And be honest but gentle with people when they are caught in sin’s struggle.
And then I ended up camping on John 8:12. Such a beautiful promise to those who follow Him. The phrase
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have (emphasis mine) the light of life.
We are gifted possession of the “light of life”!
How would you describe life that is “lit”?