Today’s Reading: John 8
Key Verse: John 8:32
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Truth and Freedom – these words stand out in our reading. The accusers of the woman taken in adultery were faced with truth. The result was freedom, not only for the woman, but also for the men. She was free from death and was not condemned by Jesus. They were free to admit their sin and to be freed from the guilt of hypocrisy. Jesus was the only One who could have cast a stone. He is without sin, and He chose not to condemn her. What right does He have to change the Law of Moses? The scribes and Pharisees quoted Moses’ Law on the matter. Jesus has every right to change Moses’ Law, because, as He stated, “Before Abraham was, I AM.” Jesus, in Himself the “Truth,” was the very One who had told Moses from the burning bush that His name was “I AM.” No wonder the Jewish leaders, “took up stones to throw at Him.” He had given Moses the Laws, in order to show the impossibility of anyone living a holy life on their own. He is the One who provides forgiveness for our sins. The most often repeated verse in the Bible is, “His mercy endures forever.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, “I Am,” I throw myself on Your mercy. I pray with the publican in the Temple, “Lord be merciful to me a sinner.” Just as You said that this person went to his house justified, so am I justified before You, O Holy God. Thank You Lord that as I daily abide in your Word, truth makes me free. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Dr. Paul Maier, Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University, spent every day for a year with me on 100 Huntley Street as we explored the book of Acts. I wrote Paul when I was preparing the Leviticus portion of this devotional. He explained, “Most of these laws regarding ‘abominations’ are inoperative today, as they were in Jesus’ day 2000 years ago. Rabbinical Courts rarely, if ever, applied them.”