August 28, 2023 – Monday
John 8:37-38 NKJV
37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”
John 8:37-38 NIV
37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”
This is fascinating. Jesus is calling out those who do not believe Him among the Pharisees and declaring their father is Satan. Yes, they are Abraham’s descendants, but they have not chosen to follow the Father as Abraham did.
Earlier in this conversation with them, Jesus said to the Jews who believed Him, 31 If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
That didn’t go over very well with them, so they played their best card and 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” About this Guzik writes, This was a remarkable and unthinking statement. The Jewish people had been in bondage under Egypt and the Philistines; under Babylon, Persia, Syria, and Rome. “Was there not a Roman garrison looking down from the castle into the very Temple courts where this boastful falsehood was uttered?” (Maclaren) And then adds, Yet, many Jewish people of that time had a strong sense of their own independence. “Josephus writes of the followers of Judas in Galilee who led a famous revolt against the Romans: ‘They have an inviolable attachment to liberty, and they say that God is to be their only Ruler and Lord’ (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 18:1,6).” (Barclay) Then concludes with, “The power of self-deception in the unconverted man is infinite.” (Ryle)
But the Pharisees had had stepped into a trap of their own making. It was then that 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. Note: the sin in this passage is a verb tense representing a chronic, persistent action. The person in habitual sin is a slave of sin. This leads us to our verses for today, 37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”
We cannot free ourselves from sin. To obtain this freedom we need the Son of the Father, not some other sinner. They wanted to believe they were without sin as descendants of Abraham, but they had to know better. Their self-deception left them no choice but to reject what Jesus was teaching.
Bottom Line: We can deceive ourselves or we can accept the truth as taught by Jesus. We can let the Son free us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your Son who died on the cross to pay the price for our sins so that we could be freed by grace from punishment and granted freedom from the sin as well. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton