Asked By: Jason Harris Date: created: Oct 01 2023

What is the meaning of John 8 7

Answered By: Devin Garcia Date: created: Oct 01 2023

Bible Version Book ESV And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” NIV When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ NASB When they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ CSB When they persisted in questioning him, he stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.” NLT They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, ‘All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!’ KJV So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

  • Context Summary John 7:53—8:11 is one of the most famous stories of the New Testament.
  • However, scholars do not believe it was originally found in this particular place in Scripture.
  • The flow of the gospel of John seems interrupted by the story.
  • Also, in ancient manuscripts, these verses are located in various places.

This leads to the consensus that it is a true story, but not part of John’s original narrative of the Festival of Booths in chapters 7 and 8. Jesus’ response to a trap sprung by the Pharisees is masterful. Though He alone has the moral authority to execute the woman for her sin, Jesus instead chooses forgiveness.

  • This highlights a major concept of Christian ethics: just because one has the power to do something does not mean it’s the best option.
  • Expand Chapter Summary John chapter 8 includes the story of the adulterous woman, a well-known but controversial passage.
  • Most scholars believe this story is authentic, but not originally found in this exact spot in Scripture.

This chapter continues Jesus’ preaching during the Feast of Booths, where He once again comes into conflict with local religious leaders. Here, Christ will make His second ”I AM” statement, using the analogy of light, which is a common theme in Hebrew theology. is a ministry of

What is the lesson of John 8 7?

Published 4:34 am Saturday, November 28, 2020 By Mike Caton John 8:7, When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” The religious leaders continue to question Jesus.

In my mind, they keep on hammering the question, What do you say we do with this adulterous woman? Do we stone her? What do you say? Maybe they were throwing out more challenges and taunts, answer us, prophet! What does your father have to say, you Son of God! Mobs have a tendency to get louder and more aggressive.

Maybe there was some pushing and shoving. There is no other way to describe this, except as an ugly scene. Get the latest headlines sent to you And when Jesus does speak, it is not the answer they are expecting. Jesus says whoever is perfect, whoever has no sin, let him be the first one to throw a stone.

Hmm, that is enough to make anyone scratch their head and slow down. We all will admit that we are not perfect, but we will too often be quick to add we are not as bad as whoever. But that really doesn’t get to the heart of what Jesus is saying, he says let the perfect one, the one with no sin, cast the first stone.

No one is bold enough to step up. Because the truth is, we are all sinners. And we all, for the most part, recognize that fact. The real trouble comes when we begin to rationalize that, to try to justify ourselves. And we are masters at this, we can come up with every reason in the book as to why we are not so bad, or that we are not as bad as someone else.

But that is not what Jesus says to these men or to us today. Jesus wants us to realize that we are all sinners. We all sin in different ways, we all choose which of God’s commands to heed and which ones to ignore. But the end result is still the same; guilty, sinner, condemned. James 2:10 tells us, For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking it all.

We all stumble, probably at more than just one point, therefore we are guilty of breaking it all. And that means there are no big sin or little sin, there are just sins, and we are all guilty. But the good news is, Jesus came to earth to offer us forgiveness! We don’t have to stay a guilty, condemned sinner.

Once we come to Jesus, commit ourselves to him, and submit to his plans for our lives, those sins are washed away. But think about it, would a forgiven sinner throw the first stone? Would he want to? Or would he want to share the good news about grace and forgiveness? Something to think about, there.

Father, help me offer grace instead of throwing rocks. In Jesus’ name, amen. Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works part time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email [email protected],

Why did Jesus ask Martha to remove the stone?

We must take away the stones that prevent our resurrection Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” – John 11:39. On Easter Sunday mornings, we often hear the words, Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” (Mark 16:2-3).

  1. This scripture relates to Jesus’ Resurrection and it was the angels, of course, who removed the stones so He could ascend to Heaven.
  2. But another resurrection took place several days earlier and Jesus used it to teach us a lesson by what he said and how He went about making it happen.
  3. This time, it was Lazarus, whom Jesus loved, who had died and was entombed before Christ arrived.

The question, “Who will roll the stone away?” arose and Jesus told some bystanders at Lazarus’ tomb, “Take away the stone.” Why take away the stone? Christ knew they could then see and smell Lazarus’ body and know he had died. Secondly, He knew it would be clear to all that it was not a ghost coming forth.

Finally, the ones removing the stone would be His eyewitnesses. Martha, sister of Lazarus, who, along with their sister Mary, had sent a message to Jesus telling Him that Lazarus was sick, objected to opening the tomb, saying, “But, Lord, he’s been there for four days.” (John 11:39). It takes four days for the body to decompose and begin to experience cardinal humors or the decay of the four chief bodily fluids – blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile – all believed to be critical to life.

(That was why Jesus rose in three days; it kept His body from such earthly corruption.) John 11:35 tells us, “Jesus wept.” Those who love their friends share in both their joys and their sorrows. Some scholars think Jesus wept because bringing Lazarus back meant returning him into a sinful world.

  1. Lazarus was in a better place and, also, Christ knew, with His own death imminent, that He knew He would see Lazarus soon.
  2. John 11: 41 says, “Jesus looked up.” He lifted His eyes to Heaven and said, “Father, thank you that you have heard me.” Jesus wanted there to be no confusion about where His power came from.

The resurrection of Lazarus holds a profound lesson for us. Maybe we’ve been buried behind stones of prejudices; stones of judgmental thinking or behavior; stones of fixed or wrong opinions; or stones of unbelief. As we become spiritually calcified, we prevent our spiritual growth, keeping God’s Word from entering our hearts.

Once these “stones” are taken away, God’s Word can do its work. It can say what has to be said in order to raise our souls from our spiritual graves. If we are ever to see God’s glory, we must take away the stones blocking our resurrection. Only Christ can call us from our spiritual graves and give us new life.

We can then better hear His Words leveling the hills and mole hills of our lives. We can better hear His words as they make rivers flow in our dry and desert spiritual places. The Rev. Dr.R. Joaquin Willis is pastor of the Church of the Open Door UCC in Miami’s Liberty City community.

Asked By: Aidan Powell Date: created: Jul 06 2023

What does God say about judging others

Answered By: Herbert James Date: created: Jul 09 2023

Matthew 7 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs.

If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.9 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.13 “Enter through the narrow gate.

For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.16 By their fruit you will recognize them.

Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.21 “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you.

Away from me, you evildoers!’ 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Asked By: Isaiah Turner Date: created: May 01 2023

What language did Jesus speak

Answered By: Daniel Howard Date: created: May 03 2023

Jesus Was Likely Multilingual – Most religious scholars and historians agree with Pope Francis that the historical Jesus principally spoke a Galilean dialect of Aramaic. Through trade, invasions and conquest, the Aramaic language had spread far afield by the 7th century B.C.

and would become the lingua franca in much of the Middle East. In the first century A.D., it would have been the most commonly used language among ordinary Jewish people, as opposed to the religious elite, and the most likely to have been used among Jesus and his disciples in their daily lives. But Netanyahu was technically correct as well.

Hebrew, which is from the same linguistic family as Aramaic, was also in common use in Jesus’ day. Similar to Latin today, Hebrew was the chosen language for religious scholars and the holy scriptures, including the Bible (although some of the Old Testament was written in Aramaic).

What does Jesus say about casting the first stone?

The Meaning of ‘He That Is Without Sin Let Him Cast the First Stone’ By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University) ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone’, as the (slightly ungrammatically reworded) sentiment has it, or ‘Let him without sin cast the first stone’.

This quotation can be traced back to Jesus, and to a specific incident described in the, but what is the context of them, and what did Jesus mean? The relevant chapter of the Gospel of John is chapter 8. It begins with Jesus going to the mount of Olives and then, early in the morning, returning to the temple in Jerusalem.

His followers arrived and sat down, and he began to impart his teachings to them. The scribes and Pharisees – who taught and upheld established Mosaic law from the Old Testament and viewed Jesus as a dangerous radical – brought unto him a woman ‘taken in adultery’ (that is, she’d been caught in the act of being unfaithful to her husband).

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These men threw her into the middle of the group and accused her of being caught in the act of committing adultery. These scribes and Pharisees upholding Old Testament law challenged Jesus: ‘Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?’ John tells us that, in putting this question to Jesus, the Pharisees were tempting him, so that they would be able to accuse him.

If Jesus agreed with them that she should be stoned, that would make him a hypocrite, since one of this key messages was to counsel mercy and forgiveness. God would judge us for our sins. But if Jesus replied that the woman should not be stoned to death for her ‘crime’, then his claim that he had come to ‘fulfil’ the law of the Old Testament rather than to overturn it would look pretty spurious.

  1. In Matthew 5:17, for example, Jesus states: ‘Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.’ By ‘law’ here he refers to Mosaic law.
  2. If he failed to follow the Mosaic law which demanded that the woman be put to death for adultery, he would be contradicting his own claims.

So, what did Jesus do? He appeared to be in an impossible situation, faced with these two choices. But he chose to do something else. According to John, he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he hadn’t even heard them. They continued to ask him what should be done with the woman.

Note that, in the King James version, he says ‘let him first cast a stone’, rather than ‘let him cast the first stone’, which is how the quotation tends to be mis quoted in common everyday speech.By saying ‘let him first cast a stone’, where ‘him’ refers to a man among the Pharisees who is ‘without sin’, Jesus followed the law: does indeed state, ‘If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.’And states: ‘And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.’

But where was the guilty man? The woman cannot have sinned by herself. Adultery, like tango, requires two. So he was gently pointing out that the scribes and Pharisees themselves had failed to follow the law as closely as they should have: they had brought the woman but not the man guilty of adultery, even though they had apparently caught both in the act, and were required by law to bring both before the law to answer for their crimes.

And by telling them that they must find someone without sin among them to commence the sentence against the adulterous woman, Jesus put them in an impossible position. They knew that none could be found who was entirely spotless or free from the stain of sin. But what did Jesus write upon the ground? This is one of the great mysteries in the Gospels.

Was he harking back to the Old Testament and the tablets on which the Mosaic law was inscribed, on the tablets Moses brought down from Mount Sinai? Or was he writing down the names of some of the ringleaders among the Pharisees, and writing their sins alongside their names, to illustrate his point that none of them was likely to be ‘without sin’? Yet another theory suggests that the woman may have been naked, since she had been caught in flagrante delicto, and so Jesus may have been averting his eyes from her nakedness.

  • But then, why write in the dirt on the floor? This explanation seems the least convincing, although if Jesus was actually writing something noteworthy on the ground, it seems odd that John doesn’t tell us what he was writing.
  • All we can do is speculate based on what the text does – or doesn’t – say.
  • But the moral message of ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her’ is clear, and Jesus had neatly exposed the hypocrisy of the Pharisees.

: The Meaning of ‘He That Is Without Sin Let Him Cast the First Stone’

Who was speaking in Luke 1 45?

“Blessed Is She Who Believed” (Luke 1:45 sermon) A few months ago, our ladies ministry had a neat fellowship, in which they painted little decorative signs for their homes, with a portion of scripture on each one. The ladies painted some good verses: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me;” “Be still and know that I am God;” and so on.

  • It was a fun fellowship for them, and they came away with some good scriptures for their homes out of it.
  • The other day while I was reading Luke 1, I came across a little part of a verse that I thought would be good on one of those signs.
  • It’s from when Mary had gone to visit Elizabeth, who gives Mary a blessing, as the mother of the Messiah, and she said to her in :45, “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” I thought, “Blessed is she who believed “, that would be good on one of those signs! But more importantly than just making a good verse for a sign, it’s a great verse for us all to apply to our lives today! Certainly it’s a fit scripture for Mothers Day: “Blessed is she who believed” — but the application is only for women, but for ALL of us: “Blessed is she who believed “, or we could also say “Blessed is HE who believed “, or “Blessed are ALL who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to them by the Lord.” Let’s look together for a few minutes at the example of faith that God gave us through Mary, and a couple of ways that we can apply her example in our lives today.I.

Keep a Biblical Balance Regarding the Person of Mary. I think we need this point of introduction first, because people often go to one extreme or another regarding Mary: they tend to either idolize her, or ignore her — and both of those two attitudes miss the mark.A.

  1. Some people tend to idolize Mary — and I use that word almost literally.
  2. They have made an idol out of her.
  3. John Calvin famously said that the human heart is an idol factory, and he was spot on when he said that.
  4. We’re always looking for someone or some-thing to replace God with, and make an idol out of.

I mentioned last Sunday how John Newton said that he had for a time basically made an idol out of his wife — expecting her to be to him what only God should be. And sadly we tend to do that: we tend to elevate even good people and good things, beyond the place God designed for them to have.

  1. Some people, like Newton, may do that with their spouse; some people do it with pastors and other religious leaders — put them up on a pedestal when they are just men like everyone else — and many people have done that same thing with Mary the mother of Jesus as well.
  2. For years, different religious groups have elevated Mary to a place which has crossed the line to worship.

I have heard some defend their actions and say, no, we don’t “worship” Mary we only “revere” her — but the fruit of their actions often reveals otherwise. When Cheryl & I were on a mission trip to Europe, we were in a cathedral which had a great painting of heaven, featuring God the Father, the Lord Jesus — and the Virgin Mary.

Folks, the Father, the Son, and the Virgin Mary are NOT the Holy Trinity! They are giving her a place that should only be given the one of the members of the Triune Godhead: — When you elevate Mary to a place that should only to be given to God, that is worship. — When you address a prayer to Mary instead of to God, that is worship.

— When you call Mary the “co-redemptrix” of salvation — “co-redeemer,” as many adherents call her — that is worship, and that is going too far. See, as Christians we are to be people who are governed by the word of God. When you attribute to Mary qualities, and render to Mary practices, which go beyond what the scriptures teach, then you have gone too far.

  1. Sinlessness in scripture is only attributed to Jesus, not to Mary or anyone else.
  2. Prayer in scripture is directed to only God; not to Mary or anyone else.
  3. Salvation in scripture is attributed to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit — to our Triune God ALONE, not to Mary or any other human agent.

We should never attribute to Mary any qualities, or direct to Mary any practices, that are beyond scripture, and which belong to God alone. When the Apostle John was tempted to fall at the feet of the angel who had brought him the Revelation, the angel said: “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God.” (22:8-9) If Mary were able to address these religious groups who are giving her worship today, I know that she would say the same thing to them as that angel did: “Do not do that worship God.” B.

  1. On the other hand, there are those who have seen how many have “idolized” Mary, and so they have gone the totally opposite direction, and basically ignore her.
  2. Or keep her in a little “box” that they only open at Christmas time.
  3. When’s the last time you heard Mary the mother of Jesus mentioned in a service that wasn’t at Christmas time?!) There is also a popular school of thinking today that says that we need to stop making heroes of other people in the Bible; that Jesus is the only hero of Scripture.

They say we shouldn’t have sermons like “three lessons that we can learn from David’s courage against Goliath,” as if David were the hero; that Jesus is the hero of the Bible. Now, I agree: Jesus IS the focus of scripture — and I get that; I do believe that Jesus is the Ultimate Hero of the Bible, and that all scripture ultimately points to Him.

  1. But I also think we would be making a big mistake to say that there are not things we can learn from other characters in the Bible as well.
  2. Hebrews 13:7 says: “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, IMITATE THEIR FAITH.” So the Bible commands us here, that we CAN and SHOULD imitate the faith of those who have gone before us — that includes Joseph in Genesis, and David in I Samuel, and, yes, Mary in the Book of Luke.

We should’t put her on a pedestal as an idol — but there ARE things we can learn from her faith. So we need to keep a Biblical balance regarding Mary today. Don’t put her up on a pedestal as an idol; and don’t lock her in a box and ignore her either. Rather, keep the Biblical balance and “imitate her faith.” The scripture tells us here: “Blessed is she who believed.” Hebrews says we should imitate her faith.

So, in light of that, how can we learn from Mary’s faith, and apply it to our lives today? II. Imitate Her Faith in Your Circumstances What WERE the circumstances in Mary’s life, in which she believed God? Well, they were some of the most bizarre, and extraordinary, circumstances in all history. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, and told her that she was going to bear a child, who would be the promised Messiah, “the Son of the Most High, whose kingdom would be forever.” Her first response was that she didn’t know how this could happen, since she was a virgin, but when Gabriel explained that the Holy Spirit would overshadow her, and that she would carry the Son of God, she said in :38, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” She accepted God’s word, she believed it, and she entrusted herself to God in her situation.

Mary had faith in what God told her would take place. She trusted God with her circumstances. She believed that “there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” Mary is a good example to us today in that regard. Like Hebrews says, we need to “imitate her faith” — and believe that what God has said to US about OUR circumstances too, will also be fulfilled.

  1. This has such good application for us today, in this COVID-19 crisis.
  2. As I mentioned in my newsletter article earlier this week, there is a lot of uncertainty in our society still, isn’t there — which is why many folks have not come back to services at church yet — and I totally understand that.
  3. Let me make it clear, again: I do not disparage anyone for continuing to stay home to watch our services on Live Stream.

There is a lot of uncertainty out there: how long will this last? Are people still contagious? Will there be a “second wave,” or a “third wave” or whatever. Like Mary questioned Gabriel about how she could have a child, we have a lot of questions today about our circumstances today too.

But ultimately, even with her questions, Mary believed God, and we should imitate her faith. Even though we have some questions; even though there are some things we don’t know or understand, we have the bottom line assurance that what God has spoken to us about our circumstances, WILL take place. We should trust Him, and submit our lives to Him.

And know His will is going to be done. “Blessed are those who believe” God in the midst of their circumstances. As God’s people, we should not be crippled by paralyzing fear regarding our circumstances. I am reading David McCullough’s biography of John Adams, considered one of THE great Presidential biographies.

In it he relates about John Adams’ wife, Abigail, who was a remarkable woman on her own account in many ways, but she continually worried about her husband. She wrote in her letters about how her mind was constantly paralyzed with fear regarding John as he traveled between Boston and Philadelphia, or on the ship between the United States and France, which he had to do several times.

Abigail was a Christian, and she should have known better, and trusted her husband, and her situation to God. And that’s true for us and OUR circumstances today too. We shouldn’t be consumed with fear about ourselves or our loved ones, and what is going on today.

  • God says: “Blessed are those who believe ” what God has told us about the circumstances WE are in today.
  • So what has God said to us about our circumstances? — We know He said in Romans 8:28 says that He is causing all things to work together for good for us.
  • We know Philippians 4:19 says that He will provide all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ.
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— We know that Romans 8:18 says “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is to be revealed to us.” — We know that Romans 8 goes on to say that NOTHING shall separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord! And on and on.

If you are troubled by a situation you find yourself in, then you need to: 1) find out what specific things God has to say in His word about your situation, and then 2) like Mary you need to just BELIEVE that what God said, He is going to DO! Just like Mary: “Believe that there will be a fulfillment of what has been spoken to you by the Lord.” If you have been troubled about some particular area of your life, then be faithful in your normal daily Bible reading every day.

As you do this, almost certainly, God will make some verse, or some part of a verse, just “jump off the page” at you. When that happens, understand: this is God is speaking to you through that word! So when you get that word, then BELIEVE what God has said to you.

  1. Like Mary, “believe that there will be a fulfillment of what the Lord has spoken to you.” Now, again, this presupposes that you ARE spending time every day in God’s word; that you are giving Him an opportunity to speak to you every day as you read.
  2. And it also presupposes that you are not just “rushing through” your reading, but that you are carefully watching and listening for what God is saying to you through your reading – you are hunting for His word like you would be hunting for gold! If you will give His word that kind of attention, God will speak to you.

And when He does, you write that down and you STAND on it, and believe it. DO NOT get caught up in fear in this crisis. Take hold of this word today: “Blessed is she who believes;” — “blessed is HE who believes;” “blessed are ALL of us who will believe” in the promises of God during this crisis, who will stand on His word and trust in Him through this.

Believe that there will be a fulfillment of what He’s promised you in this time. III. Imitate Her Faith for Your Salvation The greatest blessing of faith, is the blessing of salvation, which comes to the one who believes what God says He will do for them in Christ. This was at the heart of Mary’s faith: — In :47 she called the Lord, “God my SAVIOR.” She knew that she, as well as others, needed God’s salvation, and that God was accomplishing this salvation through this Child who was being born through her.

— In :50 she recognized that she (as well as all of us) needed God’s mercy – because we’ve not been who we should have been. — Luke 2:21 tells us that after Jesus was born, Mary brought Him to the Temple, and she gave Him the name “Jesus,” which means “YHWH is salvation.” She knew what He came for: to be the Messiah; the Son of God; to save His people from their sins” as Gabriel told Joseph in Matthew 1.

  1. Mary had faith in God’s word for salvation through Jesus.
  2. She believed what God told her about this child, and Elizabeth could say to her: “blessed is she who believed” — because Mary’s belief in what God was going to do through Jesus, led to her salvation.
  3. And that is exactly how ANY of us are saved: through believing what God tells us in His word, that He for us through Jesus: — The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved, through faith.” — Romans 10 says “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and BELIEVE in your heart God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” — John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever BELIEVES in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” When we BELIEVE what God for us, in sending Jesus to die on the cross to pay for our sins, the Bible says we are SAVED by that faith.

It was personal for Mary: she knew she was a sinner who needed God’s mercy; she KNEW this Child had come to save us from our sins; and she personally believed it, and so Elizabeth could say to her: “Blessed is she who believed”! Mary was saved by her faith in Jesus.

And the same thing can be true for YOU too! If you realize that you are a sinner and need God’s mercy; if you BELIEVE that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, and commit your life to Him as your Lord & God; then those same words can be said to YOU: “Blessed are you who believe that there will be a fulfillment of what has been spoken to you by the Lord.” Put your faith & trust & confidence in this same Jesus that Mary did, for your salvation.

Do you have that belief, that confidence in God, like Mary did, for you salvation? SO many people have doubts. If you do, just put your trust in Jesus for your salvation. NOT how many times you go to church or how good you are, or how good you are going to be.

  • Put your trust in HIM; in what HE did on the cross for you.
  • Realize that He did what He did, for people just like YOU! And “nail down” your salvation.
  • BELIEVE that what God did through Jesus, He did for YOU! Years ago, John Newton, who wrote the beloved hymn, “Amazing Grace,” was writing to a Miss Mary Barham, a young lady who has having doubts about her salvation.

He wrote to her: “You say, ‘It never came with power and life to my soul, that he died for me.’ If you mean, you never had any extraordinary sudden manifestation, something like a vision or a voice from heaven, confirming it to you, I can say the same.

But I know he died for sinners; I know I am a sinner: I know He invites them that are ready to perish; I am such a one; I know, upon his own invitation, I have committed myself to him; and I know by the effects, that He has been with me hitherto, otherwise I should have been an apostate long ago: and therefore I know that He died for me.” (John Newton to Miss Mary Barham, Letters of John Newton, Josiah Bull, ed., pp.221-222) Basically what John Newton was telling that Miss Mary, that he just believed what God said in His word about his salvation: — God’s word said we’re all sinners.

He says, I believe that. I am a sinner. — God’s word says Jesus died for sinners. He says, I believe that. — God’s word says He invites people to come to Him; he says, I came to Him! And in that confidence, he says I know I am His, and that He died for ME.

Some of us may need to “nail down” our salvation in that same way today. If you do not know if you have ever been saved, or if you have been having doubts about it; do what John Newton did; do what he encouraged Mary Barham to do: think about what God says about salvation, and YOU believe it, and apply it to YOUR own life.

Say: — God, Your word says I am sinner. I believe that. — God, You said Jesus died for sinners. I believe that, and that means Jesus died for ME. — God, You said whoever would come to You, You would receive into Your kingdom. God I COME TO YOU RIGHT NOW. Receive me, forgive me, save me; help me to follow You from this day forward.

Asked By: Alan Miller Date: created: Dec 13 2023

What does John 8 teaches us

Answered By: Donald Williams Date: created: Dec 14 2023

John 8 Lesson

  • Jesus showed mercy and compassion.
  • So should we!
  • One of the most powerful examples of the mercy and compassion of Jesus comes in the story of the adulterous woman that not only committed adultery but was caught in the very act!
  • As you read her story below, pay attention to how everyone treated this woman, and then notice how Jesus treated her:
  1. The scribes and Pharisees were calling for blood!
  2. Jesus showed her mercy and, Then He encouraged her to sin no more.

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” –,

Jesus did not distance Himself from the world, or from those that are trapped in sin. Instead, He showed them compassion, talked to them, and encouraged them to sin no more.

  1. The world would do well to follow the example of Jesus and look for opportunities to show,
  3. The woman that had been caught in the act of adultery had no shortage of people judging her.
  4. In fact, they were ready to stone her to death when Jesus stepped in and said:

“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” –,

Nobody threw a stone because nobody was without sin. Jesus asked the woman:

“Where are they? Did no one condemn you?” –,

She said:

“No one, Lord.” –,

Of course, Jesus already knew what her answer would be. He was positioning Himself to be able to show her mercy in a way that she would never forget. Jesus said to the woman:

“I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” –,

Can you imagine this sequence of events from the point of view of the woman? As you think about things from her perspective, consider these four points:

  1. The Bible says that the woman was not only caught in adultery but she was also caught in the act itself,
  2. Adultery under the Old Law was a sin punishable by death by stoning,
  3. As she prepares herself for a certain painful death, somebody steps in to help her,
  4. She rightly refers to Jesus as, “Lord,” and then He tells her that she is not condemned!

The compassion and that Jesus demonstrated were life-changing for this woman! Not only was she saved from a violent death, but she was also told that there is still time to get her soul right with God. This must have given her at a time when she most needed it.

  • Jesus will do the same thing for us if we let Him.
  • All of us know how good it feels to be forgiven when we have done something wrong.
  • The bigger the sin, the more relief we feel when that sin is forgiven.

The story of the adulterous woman shows us the incredible forgiveness and compassion that Jesus has. As His disciples, we are to learn from His example and show the people in our lives the type of forgiveness and compassion that we hope Jesus will show us.

“If you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” -,

  1. As we read the remainder of John’s Gospel, the Pharisees will continue to challenge Jesus and seek to harm Him.
  2. Pay attention to the way that Jesus does not let their behavior affect what He says or does.
  3. That is one of the most important things that we can learn from the perfect example of Jesus!
  4. When others are judgmental, we are to be compassionate.
  5. When the world is hateful, we are to show our love.
  6. We will end today’s study with the following scripture:

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in,” –,

Asked By: Aaron Flores Date: created: Oct 29 2023

What Jesus said about throwing stones

Answered By: Ryan Thompson Date: created: Nov 01 2023

Jesus told the accusers that whoever was without sin could be the first to throw a stone at her. They all left. And without condemnation, Jesus told the woman to leave her life of sin (John 8:2-11).

What does it mean to cast the first stone?

Cast the first stone in American English to be the first to condemn or blame a wrongdoer; be hasty in one’s judgment.

Asked By: Jack Williams Date: created: Aug 17 2023

What is the main point of John Chapter 7

Answered By: Simon Jackson Date: created: Aug 17 2023

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John 7
← chapter 6 chapter 8 →
John 16:14-22 on the recto side of Papyrus 5, written about AD 250.
Book Gospel of John
Category Gospel
Christian Bible part New Testament
Order in the Christian part 4

John 7 is the seventh chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible, It recounts Jesus’ visit to Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles, the possibility of his arrest and debate as to whether he is the Messiah, The author of the book containing this chapter is anonymous, but early Christian tradition uniformly affirmed that John composed this Gospel,

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Alfred Plummer, in the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, describes this chapter as “very important for the estimate of the fourth Gospel. In it the scene of the Messianic crisis shifts from Galilee to Jerusalem; and, as we should naturally expect, the crisis itself becomes hotter. The divisions, the doubts, the hopes, the jealousies, and the casuistry of the Jews are vividly portrayed.” John 7:1 to 8:59 is sometimes referred to as the “Tabernacles Discourse”.

Raymond E. Brown describes the Tabernacles Discourse as “a polemic collection of what Jesus said in replies to attacks by the Jewish authorities on his claims”. : 315

Asked By: Caleb Barnes Date: created: Feb 23 2024

What is the main point of John Chapter 8

Answered By: Donald Perez Date: created: Feb 25 2024

So Long, Farewell –

Jesus explains again that soon he’s going to be gone. Non-believers will look for him, but they won’t find him. Instead, they’ll die weighted down by their own sin. Yikes.The people worry that Jesus is talking about committing suicide. Jesus repeats again that he is from heaven and will be returning there, while those who refuse to believe in him will die in sin. Whoa, we get it. The wages of sin is death. Ease up a little.The people are confused and ask Jesus who he is. Seriously guys?This makes Jesus wonder why he even tries talking to these people—they clearly don’t seem to get it. He explains, yet again, that when he’s gone, they’ll realize who he is. Don’t hold your breath, Jesus. Lots of people start to jump on the believers’ bandwagon after they hear this comment.Jesus tells the Jewish people who believe in him that if they continue following him, they are his disciples and will be set free by the truth of God. So they’re in.The people counter that they are not slaves and so they can’t be set free. Guys, ever heard of a metaphor ?Jesus explains that anyone who sins is a slave to sin. A slave doesn’t have his or her own room in the big house, but the master’s son has a room there. If the master’s son frees these slaves, they will always be free. Behold, the awesome power of metaphor.

What is the prayer for John 8 7?

John 8:7 When we find it easy to identify the sin of others, God wants us to be reminded of how important it is for us to take a rigorously honest inventory of our own faithfulness. He wants us to deal with our own sin before we evaluate anyone else. Forgive me, Father God, for my sins.

  1. Forgive me, especially Father, for the sin of a critical and judgmental spirit.
  2. Deliver me from such hurtful and evil habits, forgive me of my sins, and please bless me with faithfulness.
  3. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
  4. The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware.
  5. You can email questions or comments to,

: John 8:7

Why did Jesus call Martha twice?

In Luke 10:38–42, Martha is called twice by Jesus. Martha gets upset with Mary because she is sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to him instead of helping her fix food for the people. Jesus calls Martha’s name twice to give her an elevation that Mary had in ministering to him.

Asked By: Nicholas Ramirez Date: created: Sep 04 2023

Was Jesus in love with Martha

Answered By: Kevin Long Date: created: Sep 06 2023

Jesus stops in Bethany where his friends Martha and Mary and their brother, Lazarus, live. John’s Gospel tells us that Jesus ‘loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus’ (John 11:5). One commentator indicates that Mary and Martha may have been the most important and prominent women in Jesus’s life after his own mother.

Asked By: Jesus Anderson Date: created: Dec 27 2023

Did Jesus scold Martha

Answered By: Dennis Cooper Date: created: Dec 27 2023

Worship in All Things – We are admonished in Scripture to do all things to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17). Is Christ less present in my life while I’m making the bed than when I’m reading the Bible? No. The life of the Christian should be characterized by worship in all things, not just obviously religious activity.

In Luke 10, Jesus doesn’t scold Martha for working around the house; that’s not the issue. The one necessary thing was attention and devotion to him. Mary could’ve been letting her mind wander while Jesus was speaking to her, just as Martha could’ve continued cooking and cleaning and setting a nice table as an honorable offering to Jesus.

But Martha expresses consternation with Mary, and that’s when Jesus rebukes her. Sitting at his feet isn’t holier than cooking in the kitchen. Jesus tells Martha not to worry about Mary, but to follow him while she cooks and cleans.

What does the Bible say about tattoos?

The Context – What about the context of this prohibition? How does that help us? Here, we can speak with greater certainty. Let’s keep in mind the first half of the verse, “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead.” This prohibition against body-cutting and the prohibition in the latter half of the verse should be read as a unit.

What is cutting all about? In his Leviticus commentary, Old Testament scholar, John Kleinig, notes, “The practice of self-mutilation was common in mourning rites” (Jer.16:6; 41:5; 47:5; 48:37).” Some ancient people expressed their grief outwardly, in shaving their heads or beards, wearing sackcloth, and gashing their bodies.

Here, the Lord of Israel is saying to his people, “When you mourn, you shall not make gashes on your body like the peoples around you.” The preceding verse appears to speak to this same kind of mourning situation, “You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard” (Lev.19:27).

  • Hair was often cut during periods of mourning.
  • Deuteronomy 14:1 also addresses this, “You are the sons of the Lord your God.
  • You shall not cut yourselves or make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead” (cf.
  • Jer.16:6).
  • The context, therefore, is about pagan bodily practices that most likely were thought to bond the living with the dead.

If indeed “tattoo” is the right translation of the Hebrew word we discussed above, then the tattooing in question was a mourning ritual. To all such cutting and marring and disfigurement of the body, God said No.

What’s the difference between Judgement and judging?

Is judgment spelled with an e ? – Well, the short answer is that judgment is the prevailing (“dominant”) spelling. Judgment is a noun that has several meanings, including “the act or instance of judging,” and “the ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action.” For example: My uncle was a man of good judgment and many of us sought his advice.

  1. Judgment also has legal definitions and refers to ” a judicial decision given by a judge or court ” or ” the obligation, especially a debt, arising from a judicial decision.” A judge awards a judgment to a creditor that needs to collect money from a debtor.
  2. A court can also give a judgment in favor or against a defendant, for example.

The word judgment was first recorded in English around 1250–1300. It stems from the Old French word jugement, which is based on jugier (“to judge”) and -ment, which is a suffix of nouns denoting an action or resulting state ( refreshment ), a product ( fragment ), or means ( ornament ).

Why is it a sin to judge others?

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?” – Matthew 7:1-4 In Matthew 7:1–4, Jesus exposes our desire to condemn others without examining our own hearts before the Lord.

When we look for flaws in others without bothering to search for our own wrongdoings, we are exhibiting pride. Jesus warns us against such hypocrisy. We are being measured, not by others, but by God. When we judge one another, this builds anger and unfaithful desires in our hearts, which affect us spiritually and can be detrimental to our relationships.

Instead, we must live by faith and begin to live in Christ instead of in judgment. When we get ourselves right with the Lord, we are better able to help our brothers and sisters in Christ–not in judgment, but in love.

Asked By: Ashton Evans Date: created: Nov 27 2023

What does it mean to cast the first stone

Answered By: Cameron Ward Date: created: Nov 29 2023

Cast the first stone in American English to be the first to condemn or blame a wrongdoer; be hasty in one’s judgment.

What does let me cast the first stone mean?

Examples of Cast the First Stone – The below dialogue shows two friends using the idiom. They are discussing how the man cheated on his girlfriend. Giuseppe: I made a horrible mistake when I cheated on my girlfriend. May: Yeah, you did. You’re a terrible human being. Giuseppe: Hey! Whatever happened to the concept of let he who is without sin cast the first stone ? May: In this respect, I am without sin. In the below dialogue, a father and his daughter use the expression in a conversation about their pet dog. Rafal: Bad dog! You brought mud in and tracked it all over the carpet. Vesna: Calm down, Dad. I’ll clean up the mud. Rafal: This is unacceptable! Vesna: Dad, do you remember that time when you didn’t realize you stepped in a puddle of mud? You brought mud in, and it stained the carpet so badly that we had to buy a new one? Rafal: Yes, I think I see where you are going with this.

Asked By: Oswald Gonzalez Date: created: Nov 30 2023

What is cast the first stone in the Bible

Answered By: Reginald Washington Date: created: Dec 02 2023

Jesus faced a mob that was eager to execute a woman caught in adultery. He put a stop to it with a simple challenge: anyone who has no sin in their life should step forward and throw the first stone. That sentence is often cited as a reminder to avoid judging others when there are faults in your own life that need to be addressed.

Asked By: Carter Young Date: created: Jun 19 2023

What does Jesus mean when he said the stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all

Answered By: Oliver Kelly Date: created: Jun 22 2023

by Steve Lawrence – I was speaking the other day with a woman whose husband, she informed me, had just been told he was no longer required next year in his role as a Religious Education Coordinator at his Catholic secondary school. He was naturally quite upset about it, especially as the school had been vague with its reasons as to their decision.

Having experienced being shunted aside on a few occasions myself over the years, and then later seeing how God had been preparing something better, I felt well-placed to boldly encourage her, “I’m sure good things will come from it, even if these are not obvious at the moment.” When I was a teenager growing up in Brisbane, Australia, in the 1980s, my parents went through a very difficult period of conflict, spanning six years from when I was twelve to when they separated at the very time I finished high school, before moving to Melbourne.

I was, understandably, rather afraid of getting married after that, having seen the problems of their marriage which caused me and my brothers many difficulties and left us wounded and somewhat traumatized. I did marry, however, and have received a great deal of healing from the constant gentle love of my beautiful wife, Annie, the prayers and support of my friends and community of believers, as well as frequent access to the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist.

Over time we have found ourselves helping other married couples and engaging in a very fruitful ministry to engaged and married couples and families. Our marriage is a miracle! When I was working in a secondary school as Director of Faith and Mission, the Principal had a saying, “Wounded people wound people,” or “Damaged people damage people,” pronouncing it as a warning.

Whilst it is certainly true that people do tend to perpetuate their difficult experiences, unless resolved, I find that it is a limited and rather depressing truth. I prefer to add my own saying, “Healed people heal people.” This is certainly my experience, and it is consistent with the testimony of the Gospel.

When Jesus rose from the dead, as we see from the various Resurrection accounts, he goes to great effort to have the disciples look at and touch the wounds in his body which took place as a result of the crucifixion. This was not simply to show that he was really risen in the body, important as this is, but to highlight that being risen – and being healed – does not mean being “fixed up” as if what caused the wounds didn’t happen.

No, the wounds remain and, even when healed, they become glorified wounds. Jesus’ glorified wounds will be with Him for all eternity, as we are told from a vision of heaven that he is “the Lamb looking as though he had been slain” (Rev 5:6), and so too ours! Our wounds, when healed, don’t disappear, but they do become access points for God to enter into our life in new and wonderful ways.

Even more so they become sources of grace for others. Our healed wounds become part of our missionary credentials to be offered for others. The trials we have to endure are means by which God equips us with gifts that we cannot otherwise receive. So, when I consider my own marriage to Annie, now 27 years on, our six children, and the terrific fruitfulness of our life and mission within the Emmanuel Community in Australia, as well as my work with Catholic leaders, I can say with absolute certainly, that God allowed the disaster of my parents’ separation, not because it was a good thing in itself (it was terrible and God’s heart broke as a result of it!), but because He knew He would bring a greater thing from it.

It was in the midst of those dark years that faith was planted in my heart, that the practice of prayer was cultivated, and that a desire to trust in God grew. I knew that marriage was not possible by human strength alone, and so it was the grace of God that I learned to seek.

There is no security in anything else but abandonment to God, no matter what storm is swirling about. So, when we hear in today’s Gospel the expression “The stone that the builder’s rejected has become the cornerstone,” and that it was Jesus Himself who was rejected and set aside – and thus gave us the grace of the death and resurrection – we too can realize that in the struggles and mysteries of our life, God is doing something new and something great.

Jesus, I trust in you!