Understanding the Scriptures
|Whence I came (v. 14)||Where I came from|
|Whither (vv. 14, 21–22)||Where|
|Treasury (v. 20)||Place where offerings are deposited|
|Abraham’s seed (vv. 33, 37)||Abraham’s descendants|
|Born of fornication (v. 41)||Children born out of wedlock|
John 8:11—Did Jesus Forgive the Adulterous Woman?
President Spencer W. Kimball taught: “His command to her was, ‘Go, and sin no more.’ He was directing the sinful woman to go her way, abandon her evil life, commit no more sin, transform her life” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball , 89).
It is encouraging to note that the Joseph Smith Translation tells us, “And the woman glorified God from that hour, and believed on his name” (JST, John 8:11).
John 8:58—“Before Abraham Was, I Am”
“I Am” is the name of the God who revealed to Moses that he was called to be a prophet (see Exodus 3:14). In saying that, the Lord proclaimed that He (Jehovah) was the God of the Old Testament and the promised Messiah. The Jews considered such a declaration as blasphemy and “took they up stones to cast at him” (John 8:59).
Studying the Scriptures
Do three of the following activities (A–D) as you study John 8.
Is Life Fair?
Read John 8:1–11 and list what seems unfair to you about this story. Make another list of what seems fair to you. Write your feelings about how Jesus Christ has power to make things “fair” in your life.
Hold Up the Light
Think about what happens when you hold up a burning candle in a dark room. What happens when you cup the flame with your hand? Mark and cross–reference John 8:12 with 3 Nephi 18:24. Explain what the light is and how you can “hold it up.”
Jesus made two very important statements about freedom and bondage in John 8:32–34. Sometimes others want us to believe that the opposite of what Jesus said is true. We only have to look around, however, to see the truth of what He taught. We especially know it is true if we have lived His teachings (see John 7:17).
Write a Story
As you read John 8:48–59, look for who the Jewish leaders accused Jesus of being and who Jesus testified that He was. President Thomas S. Monson, then Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said to “be loyal to the royal within you” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1991, 65; or Ensign, May 1991, 48). Think about who you really are and write a brief paragraph about how knowing who He really was gave Jesus courage to face severe persecution.