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Contrasts and Conflicts

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Instead of passing judgment on the woman, Jesus passed judgment on the judges! No doubt He was indignant at the way they treated the woman. He was also concerned that such hypocrites should condemn another person and not judge themselves. We do not know what He wrote on the dirt floor of the temple. Was He simply reminding them that the Ten Commandments had been originally written “by the finger of God” (Ex. 31:18), and that He is God? Or was He perhaps reminding them of the warning in Jeremiah 17:13? It was required by Jewish Law that the accusers cast the first stones (Deut. 17:7). Jesus was not asking that sinless men judge the woman, for He was the only sinless Person present. If our judges today had to be perfect, judicial benches would be empty. He was referring to the particular sin of the woman, a sin that can be committed in the heart as well as with the body (Matt. 5:27–30). Convicted by their own consciences, the accusers quietly left the scene,…

Feast of Dedication

Feast of DedicationJohn 10:22 Excerpt Another joyous festival that lasted for eight days was the Feast of the Dedication of the Temple (1 Macc 4:52–592 Macc 10:6–8), familiar to modern readers as Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights. The specific dedication that prompted the feast occurred in 164 bc, when Judas Maccabeus reconsecrated the temple in Jerusalem after it had been defiled by Antiochus IV Epiphanes. The celebrations commenced on the 25th day of the ninth month (Kislev) and were marked at night by blazing lights and lanterns. The stories of brave opposition by the Maccabees to the crushing forces of paganism were recounted, and the feast was one of praise to God for his marvelous deliverance of the Jews during the Maccabean period. More Elwell, Walter A., and Philip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible dictionary 2001 : 483. Print. Tyndale Reference Library.

Willful Presentation of the Body

Willful Presentation of the BodyExcerpt “No longer subject to the law” (6:14) means believers are not alone and faced with the insurmountable mountain of keeping God’s law. Paul puts it another way in 8:15. There is no fear of condemnation. Being “subject to the law” in this sense is to be liable to God’s retribution in a final sense of eternal wrath. More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

What Happened “before the World Was”

What Happened “before the World Was”Excerpt ‎As we have seen, the glory of God is the sum total of all that He is, the expression of His character. It is the manifestation of all that He is in Himself, His marvelous attributes. We have a difficult time grasping the concept of God’s glory because there is nothing like it on earth. While it is true that "The heavens are telling of the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1), it is also true that sin has put God’s creation into bondage and robbed God of glory (Romans 8:18-25).Psalm 19 makes special mention of the sun as an illustration of God’s glory, and perhaps that is the closest we can come to finding a picture. Just as the rays of the sun cannot be separated from the sun itself, so Jesus Christ cannot be separated from God, because He is God. ‎The amazing thing is this: Those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior possess this glory now (John 17:22) and will see God’s glory and share it in heaven one day (John 17:24). … More Wiersb…