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*Dear Bethany family, tonight (6/1) due to Vacation Bible School needing to use our Ezra Chapel, we will be having our Wednesday Walk into the Word in the Youth Home Room (4th room to the left upon entering through the English Congregation doors - after you pass the restrooms, it is the first room to your left and across from the Choir Room). See you at 7:15pm! We hope to finish by 8:30pm or before that time. If able, hope to see you to walk together into the Word, and then walk out into our world!
Wednesday Walk into the Word
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN 요한복음 (part 9):
I Am the Light of the World 나는 세상의 빛이니 (7:53-8:59)
LIGHT TO AN ADULTRESS (7:53-8:11)
(Question #1) After the Pharisees mocked Nicodemus' suggestion to at least give Jesus a fair hearing before judging Him (7:45-52), they now continue this pattern of quick and merciless judgment on a woman. What kind of woman do the scribes and Pharisees bring before Jesus and all the people listening to Him in the temple (verse 1-4)?
[*REFLECT #1a] It is not easy to catch someone "in the act of adultery." Did someone happen to come across catching her, or was it prearranged? Also, where was the man equally caught in the act?
[*REFLECT #1b] What was their motive in bringing this woman (verse 5-6)?
[*REFLECT #1c] Both Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22-24 gave the punishment of death for adultery as well as sexual immorality before marriage. What was God's motive in giving this severe punishment? Was it for earthly judges to spy more to catch people in the act, or was it to strike the fear of God and uphold the purity of God on those secretly sinning?
[*REFLECT #1d] How did Jesus reply, and what was He doing bent down on the ground (verse 6-8)?
[*REFLECT #1e] When the accusers heard Jesus' reply, what did they do one by one, and beginning with who (verse 9)? What does this tell you about their own hearts before God?
[*REFLECT #1f] How have we passed judgment before giving mercy? How are we throwing stones at what we ourselves are also guilty of? What should this produce within us first in order to extend grace to others?
(Question #2) When everyone left and only the woman stood before Him, what did Jesus say to her (verse 10-11)? Although Jesus qualified as a sinless person to condemn her, why didn't He?
[*REFLECT #2a] Read Romans 8:1-2. Does anyone condemn you? How can you live in the freedom of Christ now?
LIGHT TO TESTIFY AND TO JUDGE (8:12-30)
(Question #3) Jesus' opponents (the Pharisees) claim that no one can bear witness about himself/herself because that would make the testimony false. Two or more third party/witnesses, apart from the primary individual, must testify for that testimony to be valid. Yet, why can Jesus bear witness about Himself and still call His testimony true (verse 12-20)?
(Question #4) After the cross and out of the tomb, Jesus is going away, back to the Father. What will happen if Jesus' opponents keep up their disbelief of who Jesus is (verse 21-24)? How is Jesus not going away, but drawing near to you with stronger faith?
(Question #5) These stubborn opponents still cannot connect the dots between Jesus and the Father. When will they know that Jesus is who the Father God truly sent, in whom He is well pleased (verse 25-30)? When do we know Jesus most deeply?
LIGHT THAT BRINGS FREEDOM (8:31-38)
(Question #6) By constantly abiding in Jesus' word, what will they know that will set them free (verse 31-32)?
(Question #7) How are these Jews still enslaved (verse 33-38)? How do we treat Jesus like our slave instead of God's Son?
LIGHT TO OBEY THE FATHER'S DESIRES (8:39-47)
(Question #8) If Abraham was their forefather, and God their heavenly Father, what would they be doing (verse 39-42)?
(Question #9) Why could they not understand what Jesus was saying (verse 43-47)? At times, why do we not understand?
LIGHT BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH (8:48-59)
(Question #10) While Jesus honors the Father, what does the Father seek to do (verse 48-50)? How is this a model for unity?
(Question #11) How did Jesus prove that Abraham never tasted death? (verse 51-59)? Who ensures you will never taste it too?