Today’s readings are very rich. But there is much error and false teaching along with bad events discussed. We have to wait until John 8 to get to the really good news, I will post this one first then go back and capture some of the highlights in the other 3 chapters.
Jesus words to this sinner are so welcome, yet how easy it is to miss the point he makes.
John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Joh 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Joh 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Joh 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
They certainly got his message, as John Gill writes: John 8:59
Then they took up stones to cast at him,…. Supposing that he had spoken blasphemy; for they well understood that he, by so saying, made himself to be the eternal God, the unchangeable Jehovah. Should it be asked how they came by their stones in the temple? it may be replied, the temple was still building, Joh 2:20, and stones, or pieces of stones, might lie about, with which they furnished themselves, in order to have destroyed Christ: and this they attempted, though it was on the sabbath day, as appears from Joh 9:1; and with them, סקילה בשבת, “stoning on the sabbath day” (d) was allowed in some cases.