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Jesus Forgives a Woman Taken in Adultery

John 8:1-11

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Parables of the Kingdom (Matthew 13:31-50)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3:17

Opening Prayer

Jesus' Epiphany - Themes From Past Lessons
    How did Jesus reveal Himself to His hometown at the beginning of His ministry?
      Luke 4:16-21
    How did His friends and neighbors respond to His Epiphany that day?
      Luke 4:28-29

    How did Jesus reveal Himself to Peter, James and John before they were committed to Him?
      Luke 5:4-7
    How did these fishers respond to His Epiphany that day?
      Luke 5:8-11

    How did Jesus reveal Himself to the masses?
      Luke 4:31-35, 40-41
    How did the masses respond to His Epiphany?
      Luke 4:36-37, 42-43

    How did John the Baptist make one last effort to reveal Jesus before he was killed?
      Luke 7:18-19, 22
    How did those who heard this Epiphany respond to it?
      Luke 7:29-30

    How did Jesus reveal that He came to save sinners?
      Luke 5:27-29
    How did the leaders of the Jews respond to this Epiphany?
      Luke 5:30-32

    How did Jesus reveal that the Jewish traditions were not in line with God's intent?
      Luke 6:1-2, 5, 9-10
    How did the experts in Jewish tradition respond to this Epiphany?
      Luke 6:2, 7, 11

Two Years Later (John 6-7)
    How did people respond as Jesus made even deeper revelations later in His ministry?
      John 6:60, 66
    If disciples were leaving Him at this time, how had His relationship with Jewish leaders grown?
      John 7:1
    Did this keep Jesus from going to Jerusalem to celebrate the major Jewish feasts?
      John 7:2-3, 6, 8-10, 14
    Were the Jewish leaders able to catch Jesus at this time?
      John 7:30

Jesus Still Being Revealed (John 7)
    Did this have any affect on the regular Jews who had not yet seen Him?
      John 7:11-13
    How did they respond when they finally saw His Epiphany?
      John 7:15, 25-26, 40-43
    How did the Jewish leaders respond when they heard that the masses were attracted to Him?
      John 7:32
    What happened when the guards saw Jesus revealing Himself to the people in the temple?
      John 7:45-46

The Experts (John 7:47-52)
    Did the Jewish leaders take this as a sign that Jesus might really be the Messiah?
      John 7:47-49
    What was the result of this attitude?
      Matthew 23:13
    What happened when one of the leaders suggested that they open the door enough to listen?
      John 7:50-52

Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:53-8:2)
    At what point during the 7-day Feast of Tabernacles did all of this take place?
      John 7:37a
    Where would people stay while they visited Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles?
      Leviticus 23:34, 42-43
    Did everyone go home now that the Feast was over?
      John 7:53-8:1

    What do I mean by saying that even Jesus went home?
      Luke 21:37-38
    What did He do there?
      Luke 22:39-41
    Did Jesus go to the temple early in the morning as usual, even though the Feast was over?
      John 8:2

Setting a Trap (John 8:3-6a)
    Where in the temple did Jesus usually teach?
      John 8:20a
    Who was especially ready for Jesus to show up in this prominent place?
      John 8:3-5
    It was common to take difficult questions to a rabbi for decisions. Was this the Jews' intent?
      John 8:6a

Adultery (Exodus 20:14)
    What was the penalty for an adulterous affair?
      Leviticus 20:10
    What type of adultery was involved if only the woman was accused & the penalty was stoning?
      Deuteronomy 22:13-14, 20-21
    How serious of a sin is adultery in God's eyes?
      Exodus 20:14
    Why is adultery so serious?
      1 Corinthians 6:18-20

    Does God forbid just the act itself?
      Exodus 20:17a
    How does Jesus explain this?
      Matthew 5:27-28
    Isn't this stretching the definition?
      Matthew 15:19-20
    What can happen if we allow ourselves to be tempted by coveting or lusting?
      James 1:13-15

    How can we resist temptation?
      Matthew 26:41
    What prayer did David write when Nathan reprimanded him for adultery with Bathsheba?
      Psalm 51:10-12

The Trap
    What problem did the Pharisees know Jesus would have with upholding this Law of God?
      John 18:31
    How would Jesus be seen as contradicting Himself if He were to uphold God's Law?
      Matthew 9:12-13
    But didn't Jesus come to abolish the old law?
      Matthew 5:17-20

Jesus' Answer (John 8:6b-7)
    How did Jesus make sure everyone understood what the Pharisees were trying to do?
      John 8:6b
    Although we don't know what He wrote, how could this point to the unchanging Law of God?
      Exodus 31:18
    Why would some scholars say Jesus was writing the names of the accusers in the dust?
      Jeremiah 17:13
    How did Jesus finally respond?
      John 8:7
    How would this response have been accepted by the Jewish leaders?
      Deuteronomy 17:7

Who Will Throw the First Stone? (John 8:8-11)
    Did Jesus look into the accusers' eyes to see who would claim to be without sin?
      John 8:8
    How do we see that Jesus was letting them condemn themselves?
      John 8:9
    Besides seeing their own guilt, what else may have stopped someone from taking the first stone?
      Deut 19:18-19
    After all had left, did Jesus tell the woman that everything was alright?
      John 8:10-11
    How could Jesus have just let the woman go without condemning her for this great sin?
      John 3:17

Closing Prayer

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