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October 3 - Morning

"My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
 I and the Father are one.”

Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, 

“I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”

“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you,
a mere man, claim to be God.”

- John 10:29-33

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The "Almost" Stoning of Jesus on the Temple Mount    

In today’s passage, Jesus is on the Temple Mount in the cold month of December for the eight day Feast of Dedication which celebrates the Macabees regaining control of the Temple Mount and rededicating the Temple in 164 BC.

Any stoning that took place legally was proceeded by a judicial investigation and a death sentence from a court of law. The Jews' response to Jesus’ words in this passage is to pick up
stones to stone him, which came from a knee-jerk reaction to his statement: “I and the Father are one.” It should be noted that riots and lynching where common among the Jews who lived with tense emotions and the fragile political situation in a Roman oppressed first century Jerusalem.

To the Jewish ear Jesus’ statements “My Father” and “I and the Father are one” are statements that speak against the Great Shema (“Hear”) from Deuteronomy 6:4 states the basic doctrinal point::

            “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

To claim deity along with God was a blasphemous break in monotheism among a people who
lacked a full understanding of the Trinity. In Jesus’ statement, “I and the Father are one,” the
word “One” is neuter which indicates “one thing” and not “one person.” Since the Jews picked up stones to stone Jesus clearly indicates that they understood Jesus to be uniting himself with
God as deity, instead of associating his nature with mankind.

Instead of running in fear of a public stoning, Jesus presses the issue by presenting evidence
that He and the Fatherare the same divine essence, citing the miraculous feats (“good works”)
he had produced, that no mortal man is incapable of producing. This presentation of evidence by
Jesus forces the crowd of Jewish leaders to clearly state their charge against Jesus:
“You, a mere man, claim to be God!”

Correct! And, now the Jews are trapped by the evidence and by their words. The evidence
indicates that Jesus’ works (“miracles”) are the work of God. Then, the Jews indicate they
understand Jesus’ “claim to be God.” So, since Jesus claims to be God and he is doing the
work of God the only question that remains unanswered is: What are the Jews going to do
with this factual information?

The Jews are now in a position where they will have to either accept Jesus’ statement, which
they admitted is supported by evidence, or they will have to reject the Truth that they now
understand and accept a lie.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“If you believe those four words, ‘In the beginning God,’ you have no problem
believing all the Bible.”
– Raymond Barber






Something to Ponder??
The shortest verse in the Greek Bible is
1 Thessalonians 5:16: "pantote chairete"
(14 letters, 'ch' is one
letter in Greek) - 
“Be joyful always."
John 11:35, “Jesus wept,”
has 16 letters in the Greek.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

'arek 'appayim (Hb) - Slow to Anger (Eng) - The Hebrew phrase arek 'appayim is literally "longness of nose," but is translated as "slow to anger" or "patient."

Ancient Hebrew used images to communicate concepts. For example, the phrase "he became angry" is from the Hebrew "wayyichar 'appo" which literally means "his nose became hot." This Hebrew phrase is used around 80 times to communicate "he became angry" to identify either the anger of men or God.

In Jonah 4:2 and Exodus 34:6 God is erek 'appayim, or "longness of nose" which translates into English as "God is slow to anger."

  A coin from 1000 AD was found in Tiberias beside the Sea of Galilee with the image of Jesus on the obverse and on the reverse the words in Greek "Jesus the Messiah King of Kings." The coin was found in 2004 and was minted in celebration of the First Millennium of the birth of Jesus. (more here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
In my attempt to speak and act righteously, do I sometimes neglect love?
God is both righteous and love so for me to be Christlike I cannot neglect either of them.
Today I will speak and act righteously before God with love towards others.
  "Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf."
Proverbs 11:28
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Herodian Ashlar in Temple Mount retaining wall from 19 BC-70 AD Wilson's Arch
A cut stone from around 19 BC in the Western Wall of the Temple Mount. These stones are called Herodian Ashlar's. They have a two inch margin cut around the face with a smoothed boss. Notice the bird sitting in the weeds growing from the 1/2-1 inch inset ledge used as the set back distance for each course to stabalize the wall. (click on image for larger size) Wilson's Arch located on the Western Wall of the Temple Mount retaining wall. This arch is still visible today.
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