“Sinners in the Hands of A Loving God”
John 8:1-11 The title for this message makes a backhanded allusion to the great preacher Jonathan Edwards who preached in Northampton, Mass. On July 8, 1741 a specific message titled, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”
We look today at a well-known passage of Scripture but a peculiar one as well. Your Bible, depending on which translation you use, will most likely have a note somewhere that states that verses 7:53-8:11 are not contained in the oldest manuscripts. __________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Concerning today’s text here are some notes from scholarly discussion and debate:
Considered inspired revelation. __________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________
Though not in the earliest manuscripts (Greek) as the text was translated to Latin it began appearing from about AD 350 on. _________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________
So the note is provided in our modern translations so that we will know that there has been dispute over this text because those who attack Scripture, in part or whole, will try to use an example such as this to detract from the claims of the Church that the Bible is God’s revealed Holy Word.
We go forward with our study therefore, with complete confidence that this encounter really happened and we know what Jesus said, and did concerning this woman. I want to consider a few questions to get to the heart of this text so I will use a question and proposed answer model for analysis.
Why did scholars eventually settle on this position at the end of chapter 7, first of chapter 8 as the right spot for this text? Answer: ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Leviticus 23:36, “For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly and you shall do no customary work on it.”
We know that the Jews were attempting to catch Jesus in some way that would allow them to charge Him and kill Him. What about this scene would fits their need? Answer: ___________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Why did Jesus write in the dirt and what did He write? This question has been asked for centuries by the church and no one knows for sure. Possible Answer: _____________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Jeremiah 17:13, “O Lord, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. Those who depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water.”
Now we turn to the woman, just as Jesus did. She is caught in her sin, just as we are yet she is shown grace and mercy, just as we are. ________________________________________________ “Go and sin no more.” We are in the hands of a loving God.
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