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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

October 6 - Evening

"Thomas said to him, 'Lord, we don’t know where
you are going, so how can we know the way?' ”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and
the life. No one comes to the Father except
through me.
 If you really knew me, you would
know my Father as well. From now on,
you do know him and have seen him.' "
- John 14:5-7

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Please, Give Me Those Directions to Your Father's House One More Time    

According to Psalm 119:30 “the way” was obedience to the laws of God:

                “I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.” – Psalm 119:30

After the close of the Old Testament the Jews continued to consider the Law as “the way”
as seen in the intertestament book of Tobit (written around 150 BC):

“I, Tobit, have walked all the days of my life in the ways of truth and justice, and I performed many charitable deeds for my brethren and my nation, who came with me to Nineveh into the land of the Assyrians.” – Tobit 1:3

The Qumran community considered themselves to be “the Way” to the extent that those
outside were not in “the Way.” And, like Jews before them, the Qumran community understood
that a very strict legal observance of the Law guaranteed that they were followers of “the Way.”

The Roman world of 30 AD was, like our society today, under heavy influence of multitudes of philosophies, world views and religions in a pluralistic culture where many claimed to have access to “a way” that would bring peace, purpose, fulfillment, prosperity, pleasure, joy or all of the above!

In 30 AD, at the Last Supper, Jesus spoke with his disciples concerning the future and tells
them he is going to his Father’s house. When he gets there Jesus promises that he will
prepare a place for these disciples. Then he tells them:

            “You know the way to the place where I am going.” – John 14:4

Thomas, one of the disciples, has been trying to understand Jesus' dialogue in the Upper Room
and feels he has been tracking with Jesus’ words up to this point. But, when Jesus says,
“You know the way to the place where I am going,” Thomas realizes he is now completely
confused because he was still trying to figure out where Jesus was going. And, if Thomas
doesn’t know the where, how can Jesus say Thomas knows the way. So, as any sincere,
serious disciple would, Thomas stops the dialogue and says:

            “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Thomas speaks for the whole group when he uses the word “we” instead of saying, “I don’t even
know where you are going.” Before he interupted Jesus, Thomas could have looked around to
see if maybe Peter or John where understanding Jesus’ words. As we know, simple eye contact
by Thomas with John along with an expression that says, “Do you get this stuff?”, could have
caused John to give a simple nod, accompanied with a look of confidence, to reply back to Thomas, “Yea, I’ll explain it to you later. Just keep listening and taking notes.”

Surely the Gospels portray the disciples talking among themselves after class time with Jesus to compare notes, interpretations and insights. So, Thomas must have looked around the room and received no confirming nods of confidence from the other students, so he took the initiative to interrupt Jesus. Thomas says, “None of us understand where you are going, so we have no idea how to get there. Could you explain this again?”

To this Jesus answers:

            “I am the way.”

It is not obedience to the law. It is not a religious sect living out in the wilderness community of Qumran. It is not any of the limitless philosophies and worldviews. It is Jesus. The person Jesus is the way. Notice how this simple statement elevates itself above all the other options. Jesus makes an exclusive statement, “I am the way.” He does not say, “I am a way.” There are no other options available to gain access to the Father, which is where Jesus is going. Jesus is going to the Father God in heaven and the disciples are going to follow him.

Then Jesus says, “If you really know me, you would know my Father.”

The verb “to know” is a covenant phrase in the language of Middle Eastern culture that carries the sense of “acknowledge.” Also, the word “if” communicates a conditional clause in the Greek that is the first class condition, (there are four; see details here) which means the condition is assumed by the speaker to be true. The first class condition is the condition of reality. Jesus is saying, "Thomas, if you guys knew me, and you do know me, you would know the way!" This is clarified by Jesus' next words:

            “From now on, you do know him (the Father God) and have seen him.”

The personal acknowledgement of knowing who Jesus is provides that person “the Way” to God. Jesus is the only way. And, to know Jesus is to know the Way.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Whom should we love, if not Him who loved us, and
gave himself for us?"
– Augustus Toplady








Something to Ponder??
"Sin wouldn't be so attractive
if the wages were paid immediately."
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Leon (Gr) -  Lion (Eng) - the Greek word leon is actually where we get our English word "lion."
The Greek language uses leon as far back as 700 BC in the days of Homer. The Septuagint
(LXX, the Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures) uses leon 150 times. All 9 times that
the Greek New Testament uses leon it is a reference back to the Old Testament.
For example, when Paul refers to being delivered from the lion's mouth in 2 Timothy 4:17
he is most likely using imagery taken from Daniel's experience in the lion's den in Daniel 6:22.


In Luke 3:1-3 these men are mentioned by Luke:

- Tiberius Caesar
- Pontius Pilate
- Herod Antipas
- Herod Philip
- Lysanias of Abilene
- Annas
- Caiaphas
- John the Baptist

Josephus also mentions all of these same men in his writing of Jewish history in his work entitled "Jewish Antiquities" written 70-90 AD.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I really understand that Jesus is the Way?
Am I trusting in my behavior, my rituals, my goodness or
even my obedience to some Law or system of rules? I will focus on Jesus. I will know Jesus, acknowledge Jesus and trust Jesus as the way to life and the way to eternal peace with God.
  "If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!"
Proverbs 11:31
Bible Reading Program Details
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) John 21 John 3
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Physical strength People accepting Christ and receiving the New Birth Poor Poland - the Catholic church is unpopular and evangelicals are few and recovering from division
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Steps leading to location of the Golden Calf in Dan



Jericho's Walls and Retaining Walls

Steps leading to the temple that held the Golden Calf at Dan.
(click on image for larger size)
Jericho's retaining walls that supported the mud brick wall that fell. (click on image for larger size)
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