John 8:1 But
Jesus went to the
In John 7:53 we learned
that the people could not agree on who Jesus was, so they went to their homes,
and verse 1 tells us that Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. The Mount of
Olives was a ridge of hills east of
Before we continue, I
need to mention that John 7:53 – 8:11 has been debated over the years to
whether these verses belong in the Gospel of John. If we examine our notes in
our Bible on these verses it probably says these verses are not in the most
reliable manuscripts. However, these verses do exist in more manuscripts than
J.W. McGarvey made this
section is wanting in nearly all older manuscripts, but Jerome (A.D. 346-420)
says that in his time it was contained “in many Greek and Latin manuscripts,”
and these must have been as good or better than the best manuscripts we now
possess (J. W. McGarvey, The Fourfold Gospel p. 544).
More sources could be
sited, but this shows that these verses were in existence early on because
those manuscripts Jerome had access to were much older than the ones we have
available today. Also, this story fits perfectly into the text, and it does not
contradict anything in the Word of God. Therefore, I believe this is sufficient
evidence that these verses belong and are not a later addition.
In verse 2, Jesus goes to the temple early in morning and teaches the people there. While they were listening to Him, the Scribes and the Pharisees rudely interrupted Him.
They brought a woman caught in adultery and put her in the
middle of them. They did this because they were trying to trap Jesus, and they
wanted a multitude of witnesses to attest to what they thought would bring about
Jesus’ downfall. They said, “Now Moses, in
the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” As verse 6 teaches, they were trying
to find something they could accuse Jesus of. They came up with this scheme
that seemed impossible for Jesus to escape. If He said the Law requires her to
be put to death, then they could have gone to the Roman officials and had Jesus
arrested because Roman law would not allow the Jews to execute anyone. If Jesus
said don not put her to death, they could accuse Him of going against the Law
Obviously these men had
planned this out. This woman was caught in the act of adultery, which indicates
she was married. If this woman had been paid to pretend to be adultery, Jesus
would have known. Since she was caught in the act, it is possible that she was
set up by one of these Jews, and maybe one them was involved in this adultery. This
plot is further implied since they only brought the woman to Jesus because the
Law of Moses demanded that both parties were to be put to death (Deut. 22:22-24;
Lev. 20:10). However they accomplished this, it certainly put Jesus in a
difficult position, and it seemed like these Pharisees and Scribes had finally
found a way to trap Jesus.
Instead of answering them
right away, Jesus built the suspense by stooping down and writing on the floor.
Even though this was a stone floor, there was sand and dirt on the floor from
the feet of all those who visited the temple area, and this is what Jesus was writing
in. This is the only time we find Jesus writing something in the Scriptures.
There have been many speculations of why Jesus did this, and many would love to
know what He was writing on the floor. Some have taught that Jesus was using
this delay to gather His thoughts, but that is unlikely because He was always
able to provide an answer right away. I believe His silence was intentional and
He did it to focus their attention on Him. Some have speculated that He was
writing out what He was about to say, while others believe He was writing out a
list of sins these Jews were guilty of.
As Jesus wrote on the
ground, these Jews kept asking Him the same question over and over. So, Jesus
stood up and said, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at
her first.” Then Jesus stooped back down and started writing again. When these
Pharisees and Scribes came up with this diabolic plot, they never expected an
answer like this. Jesus had turned the tables. Now they had to examine
themselves and decide what they were going to do. The Law of Moses taught that
the witnesses were to be the first to cast the stone, and the others that were
there were supposed to join in the execution (Deut. 17: 2-7). Since Jesus knew
their hearts, He knew this was the perfect thing to say because apparently they
had been guilty of adultery or perhaps other sins that were worthy of death
under the Law of Moses. It is also possible that they felt guilty because they
arranged for this act of adultery to occur making them accessories in this sin.
So, they became convicted by their own conscience and stating with the oldest
man, they left one by one.
Those who like to live in
sin and do not like it when someone points out their sins have two favorite
sayings from the Bible: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone
at her first.” and “Judge not, that you
be not judged” (Mt. 7:1). They take verses like these out of context and make
them teach that we have no right to condemn sin if we have sin in our lives.
While it is true that we should not judge someone of a sin that we are doing
(Rom. 2:1), this does not mean that we cannot condemn sin in other peoples
When Jesus told these
Scribes and Pharisees “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone
at her first,” He was exposing their hypocrisy. They were not concerned about
this woman’s adultery. They were just using her sin to try to trap an innocent
man. If we allow people to take verses like these out of context, then we are
allowing them teach that no one can be judged or punished for their sins. But
we know this is not true because Jesus and the rest of Scriptures clearly show
that sin is to be dealt with, which is why Jesus said, “Do not judge according
to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment (Jn. 7:24).” This means that
we can judge others, but it has to be a judgment made from God’s Word, which is
why Paul commanded the sinful Corinthians to withdraw fellowship from a man
living with his father’s wife (1 Cor. 5). There are many other Scriptures that
demand that sin be dealt with (Mt. 18:15-17; Gal. 6:1; Jam. 5:19-20).
After these men left,
Jesus stood up again and only saw the woman. He said to her: “Woman, where are
those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”” For the
woman to be condemned to death, there had to be two or three witnesses (Deut.
19:15; 17:6-7). Since, no one was left to establish her sin, Jesus was not
going to condemn her to death either. In saying this, He was not condoning her
adultery because He told her to, “Go and sin no more.” In this statement, Jesus
was telling her to repent and change her ways, which is the same thing Jesus
wants from us (Lk. 13:3). If we are not willing to “Go and sin no more,” then
we will never be prepared for heaven. This event teaches that God loves us and
wants us all to repent and sin no more. Just as Jesus intervened for this
woman, He will be an advocate for all who follow Him faithfully (1 Jn. 2:1).
John 8:12 Then
Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who
follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." 13 The Pharisees therefore said to
Him, "You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true." 14 Jesus answered and said to
them, "Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know
where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from
and where I am going. 15
"You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 "And yet if I do judge, My
judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent
Me. 17 "It is also
written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 18 "I am One who bears
witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me." 19 Then they said to Him,
"Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor
My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also." 20 These words Jesus spoke in the
treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His
hour had not yet come.
This is Jesus’ second “I
am” statement in which He claims to be the light of the world. This is
interesting because God was considered the light in the Old Testament (Ps.
27:1; Isa. 60:19), and there are several prophecies that teach that God would
provide a light for the Gentiles, which would happen through Jesus (Isa. 49:6;
42:6; Mal. 4:2). John calls Jesus the light of the world in (Jn. 1:6-9). Jesus
teaches us that we are supposed to be a light for the world as well (Mat.
5:14), but we are only a reflection of the true light found in Jesus. If we
want to have the forgiveness of sins, we must walk in that light (1 Jn. 1:7).
The light represents the righteousness of God, while darkness represents the
sin of the world. Jesus had just finished shinning light on the sin of the
woman who committed adultery, and He exposed the sin of the Scribes and
Pharisees. Notice, Jesus said He was the light of the world and not the light
These Pharisees talking
to Jesus were not the ones that had walked away. They were either there
beforehand listening to Jesus teach, or they had just walked up and started
listening to Jesus. They accused Him of being a false witness because He was
His only witness. This does not mean that a person’s words are untrue, it
simply means their truth cannot be established as the Law of Moses requires
(Deut. 19:15). Jesus agreed with this statement earlier when He said, “If I
bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true (Jn. 5:31).” However, He gave
them six witnesses in that discussion and nothing has changed because Jesus was
not His only witness.
However, Jesus was the
only one who could be a witness for the true light of God because He came from
God in heaven, and He will be going back there after His death. That gives
Christ all the credentials He needs to be a true witness, but they did not
accept this because all they could do was make a judgment based on appearance.
Since all they saw was Jewish man who was the son of a carpenter from
When Jesus said He does
not judge, He is talking about judging people by appearance. While He was on
the earth, He was not there to condemn people to sin but to save them. Jesus
“And if anyone hears My words and does not
believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save
the world. "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that
which judges him -- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day”
When the judgment day
comes, we will be judged by what Jesus said, and He will be the judge (Acts
17:31). Then Jesus told them that even if He does make a judgment, His judgment
will be true because the Father is with Him guiding Him all the way. This means
His judgment comes from the Father. Jesus also appeals to the law they brought
up about having two witnesses, and He tells them He is a witness and His Father
in heaven is a witness.
Jesus met their
requirement, but they would not accept it. So, they asked Him, “Where is Your
Father?” They wanted His Father to appear and be His witness, but no one could
see the Father except for Jesus. Besides, Jesus had offered many proofs that He
was the Son of God through the signs and miracles He did (Act 2:22). Also, God
spoke out from heaven and proclaimed that Jesus was His Son (Mt. 3:17; 17:5),
which is why Jesus told them if they knew Him, they would know His Father
because He came from Him. He said all these things in the treasury, which is
also known as the women’s court. The women were not allowed to go beyond this
area. This court was just over 200 feet square (40,000 sq feet), and it
contained thirteen chests for the Jews to put their money in (Mk. 12:41-44).
This was the most public part of the temple because all the Jews would pass
through this area. Jesus spoke with boldness and without fear of anyone who
heard the truth. No one laid a hand on Him because it was not time for Him to
face His death on the cross.
John 8:21 Then
Jesus said to them again, "I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will
die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come." 22 So the Jews said, "Will He
kill Himself, because He says, 'Where I go you cannot come'?" 23 And He said to them, "You
are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this
world. 24 "Therefore I
said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am
He, you will die in your sins."
Once again, Jesus is
teaching about His death, burial, and resurrection. When He was raised from the
dead, He went back to heaven where He was before. This was not the first time Jesus
said, “I am going away, and you will seek me… Where I go you cannot come.” He
said this in John 7:34 as well. When He said it in John 7:34, they thought He
meant He would take His teaching to the Greeks, but in our immediate text, they
think He is going to kill Himself. They were wrong on both accounts because
Jesus is trying teach them that if they seek after Him on the earth, they will
not find Him because after He gives His life for humanity He will we be raised
from the dead and will ascend into heaven.
Next, He responds to
their suicide question by telling them He is from above, which refers to heaven,
and they are from below, which refers to the world. If they refuse to believe
that He is the “I am,” then they will die in their sins. Most Bible versions
add the word “he” or some other words after the phrase “I am”, but these words
were added by the translators. Most Bible versions italicize the words they add
to make the verse more readable. However, in this case, Jesus was saying they
must believe that He is the I am, which literally means “to be”. We will see
how Jesus was using this phrase to describe His self-existence and Deity later
in this chapter. Since a person must believe that Jesus is Deity, the Son of
God, proves that a person can only obtain the forgiveness of sin through Jesus,
because there is no other way (Jn. 14:6).
John 8:25 Then
they said to Him, "Who are You?" And Jesus said to them, "Just
what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 26 "I have many things to say
and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the
world those things which I heard from Him." 27 They did not understand that He
spoke to them of the Father.
After everything Jesus
told them, they still wanted to know who He is. Jesus does not come right out and
say who He is again. Instead, He tells them He has been telling them the same
thing He has told them from the beginning, but they were dull of hearing and
they could not grasp the truth. Jesus told them He had many more things to say
to them that would expose their sins and the judgment they would receive from
the Father. He wanted them to understand that the words He would be speaking would
come from the Father in heaven. Once again, they could not understand the
simple truth that Jesus was talking about the Father in heaven.
John 8:28 Then
Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know
that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father
taught Me, I speak these things. 29
"And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I
always do those things that please Him."
30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.
Jesus was teaching them
how He would die on the cruel cross. He lets them know that when this happens,
they will know He is the Son of God. Jesus was correct because after His death
on the cross, many priests believed He was the Son of God (Acts 6:7). Again,
Jesus shows His close connection with the Father by claiming:
These are characteristics
we would expect the Son of God to have. Since the Father was always with Jesus,
He could always draw strength from Him, so He was never really alone. In
difficult times like these when the Jewish rulers would break His heart because
of their unbelief, He could be comforted knowing the Father was there with Him.
God is there for us today as well. We should realize that we are never really
alone because God is always there for us, and He is willing to help us if we
will simply ask.
After Jesus said these
words, many of those standing there believed in Him. However, I do not believe
they professed their belief verbally. I believe that Jesus read their hearts
and knew that many had. Next, He is going to tell them what they must do to
have an obedient faith that will save them.
John 8:31 Then
Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you
are My disciples indeed. 32
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Jesus is now speaking to
those who believed in Him, and He tells them what they must do to become His
disciples and be set free. Notice, their belief alone did not do this, nor would
one act of obedience accomplish this. They would have to abide in His words.
The word “abide” means to “…remain, not to depart, to continue to be present …”
(Strongs). This proves that faith alone will not save a person or make them a
disciple of Christ because a person must continue to keep God’s Word and be
doers of it (Jas. 1:22-25).
Verse 32 proves that we
can know the truth from God’s Word and when we take the time to read it, study
it, and abide in it, we can be set free from our sin. This verse is exactly
what Jeremiah said would happen under the new covenant that would come through
Jesus (Jer. 31:31-34).
John 8:33 They
answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in
bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?"
Their answer was not true
because they were currently under bondage to the
John 8:34 Jesus
answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a
slave of sin. 35 "And a
slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides
forever. 36 "Therefore
if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Jesus did not leave them
any doubt that He was talking about freedom from sin. Every person is a slave
in this world no matter what their social status may be. They are either slaves
to sin or slaves of righteousness (Rom. 6:16-18). Every time we engage in sin
it can cause us to become a slave to it, but knowing the truth and abiding in
it can set us free from the bondage of sin.
In verse 35, Jesus
illustrates the difference between a slave and son. A slave belongs to its
master and he or she is not a permanent member of that household. However, the son
is and he is the heir. If he decides to free his slaves they will be free. That
is exactly what Jesus came to do. He came to set the human race free from their
sin and better yet, He would make it possible for them to be adopted as sons
and daughters so they could become part of the master house (Eph. 1:3-6).
Burt Coffman quotes
another possible implication of these verses from Hendriksen:
old dispensation with its special privileges for
John 8:37 "
I know that you are Abraham's descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My
word has no place in you. 38
"I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen
with your father." 39 They
answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to
them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of
Abraham. 40 "But now you
seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God.
Abraham did not do this. 41
"You do the deeds of your father." Then they said to Him, "We
were not born of fornication; we have one Father -- God."
Jesus did not deny they
were physical descendants of Abraham, but He was pointing out that they needed
to be like Abraham. Abraham was a friend of God (Jas. 2:23) and would never try
to kill a messenger from God, but these Jews were willing to do it. According
to Paul, Jesus was the singular seed in which all the promises of Abraham would
be realized (Gal. 3:16).
So, in order to become a
spiritual seed of Abraham, a person has to be found in Christ, which only
happens by obeying the gospel plan of salvation. After a person believes (Jn.
3:16), repents (Lk. 13:3), and confesses Jesus as Lord (
In verse 38, Jesus
compared the origin of their thoughts to His. He said His words and thoughts came
from the Father in heaven, but their words and thoughts came from the devil. He
does not say the devil specifically here, but this is what He is referring to
as we will see in verse 44.
In response to this, they
immediately claim that Abraham is their father. Again, it is true that they were
physical descendants of him, but they were nothing like him because the works
he did came from an obedient faith (Heb. 11:8-10). These Jews were willing to
kill the messenger of God. Jesus is trying to teach them that being a physical descendent
is not enough because a person has to be part of the spiritual seed. Romans 8
and 9 explain the difference between a physical and spiritual descendant of
Abraham, and these two chapters teach that a person must be a spiritual descendent
of Abraham to be pleasing to God.
After Jesus accused them
of doing the deed of their father the devil, they responded by saying that
their true father is the Father in heaven, and they were not born of
fornication. What did they mean by not being born of fornication? J.W. McGarvey
that he spoke of spiritual parentage, and recognizing the fact that he had
shattered their claim of spiritual derivation from Abraham, they fell back upon
the citadel of Jewish confidence and pride -- spiritually they were begotten of
God; they were not begotten of an idolatrous but of a godly stock. Fornication is here used as the common symbol
for idolatry -- Exo. 34:15,16; Hos. 1:2; 2:4 (McGarvey and Pendleton).
They wanted the record to
be straight that they were pure descendants of Abraham and the Father in heaven
was their spiritual Father. Also, their bloodline had not been corrupted with
those outside the children of
John 8:42 Jesus
said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded
forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 "Why do you not understand
My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 "You are of your father
the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from
the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no
truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for
he is a liar and the father of it. 45
"But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 "Which of you convicts Me
of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 "He who is of God hears
God's words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God."
Jesus was a master
teacher and debater. Since they claimed the heavenly Father as being their
father, Jesus tells them they should love Him because He came from the Father
by the direction of the Father. These verses teach that it takes more than just
believing in Jesus because a person must have love because mere belief will not
motivate someone to do the right thing. They must be motivated by love, which
is why Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments (Jn. 14:15).”
In verse 43, Jesus asked
a question and then answered it Himself. He wants to know why they cannot
understand His speech. He has been teaching them clearly about whom He is and
about their spiritual condition. Since their minds are on carnal things and
they are blinded because of their pride and arrogance, they cannot listen as
they should. Then Jesus strikes a hard blow when He tells them that their father
is the devil. The devil was a murder from the beginning of human history, and
he is the father of lies. Satan told two lies to Eve, which led to the death of
Adam and Eve. He lied about what God said and the reason He did not want them
to eat from that tree (Gen. 3:4-5). The devil was the father of these Jews, and
they were his disciples. Since the devil cannot stand the truth, they could not
stand it either, which is why they would not believe Jesus even though His message
was from God the Father.
Jesus challenged them to
offer proof that He had sin in His life. If they could have done this, they
would have something to work with and a reason not to believe in Him, but they
could not produce any evidence that would convict Jesus of sin. So, they should
have believed Him, but they did not.
In verse 47, Jesus told
them that they are not of God because they refuse to hear God’s Word. There are
many religious institutions in the world today who fall into this category because
they claim to be followers of God and even claim that Jesus is the Son of God,
but they refuse to hear God’s Word when it comes to issues that teach against
their false doctrine. Remember, Jesus said that we must abide in His doctrine
to be set free. So, when religious groups do things their way and stray away
from God’s truth, they make themselves slaves of sin and they make the devil
their father. Those are strong words, but just as it was true for these Jews of
Jesus’ day, it is true for those who do not abide in the doctrine of Christ (2
John 8:48 Then
the Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a
Samaritan and have a demon?" 49
Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you
dishonor Me. 50 "And I
do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges.
The Jews despised the
Samaritans more than they did the Gentiles, and they accused Jesus of being one
and having a demon. This was their way of saying, “We are not sons of the devil
you are.” Jesus told them He did not have a demon and that He was only honoring
His Father in heaven, but they were dishonoring Him. This truth could be proven
by looking at Jesus’ life and how the words He said were always true. Jesus
only came to this earth to glorify God and not Himself. He did not allow their
comment to enrage Him, and He pointed out that God is the one who sees and
"Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see
death." 52 Then the Jews
said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the
prophets; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste
death.' 53 "Are You
greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Whom
do You make Yourself out to be?"
They cannot get their
minds off the physical because they think Jesus is talking about physical death
when He is talking about spiritual death. Those who faithfully follow the Word
of God will never have to face spiritual separation from God, which means they
will not have to go to the horrible place called hell. Instead, Jesus will give
them eternal life in heaven where their will be no more death or pain (Rev.
Since these Jews were
thinking physically, they were convinced that Jesus had a demon in Him because
not even Abraham or any of the prophets before Him were able to remain alive.
So, if these prophets could not physically live forever who were faithful
servants of God, how could Jesus offer such a claim? This is why they preceded
to ask Him if He was greater than Abraham and all the other prophets that are
dead and gone. Even though Jesus proved to them over and over that He is the
Son of God, they still asked, “Whom do You make Yourself out to be?”
John 8:54 Jesus
answered, "If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who
honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.
55 "Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I
say, 'I do not know Him,' I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and
keep His word. 56 "Your
father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad."
Jesus is trying to get
through their thick skulls that He did not come to the earth to honor Himself,
He came to honor the Father and the Father honors Him (Mt.3:16-17; Jn. 12:27-28).
Once again, Jesus claimed He is the Son of God, and He tells them they do not
know the Father, but He does. If Jesus said otherwise, He would be a liar like
them. Notice, He calls them liars. What does it mean to know God? John teaches
us that we know God if we keep His commandments, otherwise we are liars (1 Jn.
2:3-4). If these Jews would have studied the Scriptures and opened their hearts
to what it said, they would have realized that Jesus was greater than Abraham.
In verse 56, we learn
that Abraham rejoiced because He was able to see through the prophetic promise
that all nations would be blessed through His seed, which would happen through
Jesus (Gal. 3:8, 16-18).
John 8:57 Then
the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen
Abraham?" 58 Jesus said
to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I
AM." 59 Then they took
up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple,
going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
These Jews knew that
Jesus was not old enough to have seen Abraham, but they did not understand His
nature. He was the “I AM”, which means that He has always existed and was alive
before Abraham was born (Jn. 1:1-2). We can Jesus at work in the Old Testament
time as well. When we examine the Old Testament and what it has to say about
the Angel of the Lord or Angel of God, we will discover that the Angel of the
Lord has characteristics of Deity. The best person of the Godhead that fits the
Angel of the Lord or Angel of God is Jesus.
Just as Jesus was claiming to be the “I AM,”
this is the same thing we see the Angel of the Lord saying from the burning
bush that Moses was talking to (Ex. 3:2-6). Also we learn that the same
statement made in Exodus 3:6 was made by the Angel of the Lord to Jacob (Compare
Gen. 28:13-14 to 31:11-13). The Angel of the Lord had three encounters with
Abraham, but the most revealing was when Abraham took his son to sacrifice him
at the request of God (Gen. 22). Even though Genesis 22:1-2 tells us that God
requested that Abraham do this, notice what the following verses reveal:
Genesis 22:11 “But the Angel of the LORD called to
him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here
I am." 12 And He said,
"Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know
that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from
It was the Angel of the
Lord that made this request, which was God. Notice what else He said:
Genesis 22:15 Then
the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: "By Myself I
have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not
withheld your son, your only son -- 17 "blessing I will bless
you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the
heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants
shall possess the gate of their enemies.
18 "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be
blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
Here we see the Angel of
the Lord swearing by Himself because he had no one higher to swear by.
Hebrews 6:13 For when
God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He
swore by Himself, 14 saying,
"Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply
These facts make a strong case that the Angel of the Lord is Deity, and He said the reason Abraham was receiving this blessing was because he obeyed His voice. Again, only Deity could make such a promise and as I stated earlier, Jesus is the best choice of being the Angel of the Lord. So, this teaches us that Jesus did see Abraham, and He even spoke with him.
When Jesus claimed to be the “I AM”, these Jews had no problem understanding that He was claiming to be the Son of God, which is why they picked up stones to kill him. Since it was not His time to die, He slipped through their midst as He left the temple, which may of have been a miraculous escape, but we are not told either way.
Out of the seven “I am” statements most people list in the book of John, verse 58 is not included because Jesus simply says “I AM.” However, this is a significant statement because it proves His Deity and self-existence. In this chapter alone, Jesus has claimed His Deity as being the Son of God around a dozen times. Even though these Jews wanted Him dead and were not listening, Jesus never backed down from the truth. We must learn from His example and never compromise God’s truth just because people do not like it.