Day 5: John 8:31-59
Stories: Before Abraham Was, I Am
1) Jesus’ words to them, that they are the children of their father the devil, seems extremely harsh.
2) Why would they accuse Jesus of being demon-possessed? Why a Samaritan?
3) “I Am” is the very distinct name for God that all these Pharisees understood very well. They knew by Jesus saying this He was claiming to be God and it enraged them enough to immediately pick up stones to kill Him, proving what He had just accused them of. “I Am” is the name of God that means He always was, is and always will be.
Paradoxes: Why do the Pharisees say first they are Abraham’s children and then almost immediately say their only father is God Himself?