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John 10:31-42

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Once Again The Jews Attempt to Stone Jesus

John 10:31-42

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Lesson Number 50

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord Jesus believed in the inerrancy of Scripture.
  2. The Lord Jesus used common sense and avoided danger.

Practical Application

  1. There’s more than one Biblical answer you can give the religious critic.

Questions

  1. How does the Lord defuse the crowd in this situation?
  2. Which verse in this section shows that the Lord Jesus believed in the inerrancy of Scripture?
  3. Is the Bible historically and scientifically accurate?
  4. Did the Lord Jesus throw common sense to the wind when the Jews sought to kill Him?

Answers

  1. He uses a fine point, a technicality of the law to defuse the crowd by quoting Psalm 82:6 (John 10:34-36). In context, human judges are referred to and called gods. If human judges are called gods, then certainly to refer to Himself as the Son of God was not blasphemy.
  2. John 10:35. Our Lord’s high view of Scripture included the doctrine of the inerrancy.
  3. While the purpose of the Bible is not to teach history or science, it will not be in error in these fields.
  4. No, He escaped and went away from danger. He knew that this was not His time for the cross.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Are you fully persuaded that the Bible is not in error? This is a very important doctrine. Because the Bible is the word of God, it does not lie. There are no errors in the Bible because it was inspired by the Holy Spirit.
  2. The answer that Jesus gave in John 10:34-36 defused a volatile situation. Sometimes an unexpected answer to critics can change the tenor of a situation. Review some of the suggestions in the Practical Application of this lesson. Be careful, however, that you have a right attitude.

Challenge

  1. At some time in your life you may find that the Lord has allowed you to be in a dangerous situation for His sake – in fact He may even call you to be a martyr for the sake of the gospel! But a point drawn from this passage is that you shouldn’t try to get yourself killed! We should use our common sense and avoid danger when we can.

Key Verses

  • “The scripture cannot be broken.” John 10:35
  • “Believe the works (if not Me), that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” John 10:38

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