89 People start to stone Jesus for blasphemy.

Psalm 82:6; John 10:22–42

The Temple was built by Herod, not Solomon, so why would one area be called Solomon’s Porch (John 10:22)?

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After three years of ministry, Jesus’ identity claim was relatively well known, especially among Jewish leaders. So why did some of them ask him to say he was the Messiah (John 10:24)?

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If Jesus knew the Jewish leaders’ motive in asking, why did Jesus give a self-incriminating answer (John 10:24–30)?

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If the Jewish leaders had the opportunity but had refused to believe, how did saying so accomplish anything (John 10:25–30)?

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What did Jesus mean when he said, “You don’t believe me because you are not my sheep” (John 10:25–30)? Didn’t they have a choice? Why or why not?

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What was their intent when the Jews picked up stones (John 10:31)?

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Instead of seeking an escape, Jesus confronts the Jews with a question (John 10:32). Why?

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If the Jews planned to stone Jesus, why did they later tell Pilate that they didn’t have the authority to kill Jesus (John 10:33)?

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What argument did Jesus use to prove he was not guilty of blasphemy (John 10:34–38)?

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How effective were the miracles in proving that Jesus was the Son of God (John 10:34–39)

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How effective were the miracles in proving that Jesus is the Son of God (John 10:34–39)

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Where did Jesus go when he left the Temple (John 10:40)?

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At the time of Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, in the winter, Jesus was in the Temple, walking in the area called Solomon’s Porch.

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John 10:22–23 At the time of Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, in the winter, Jesus was in the Temple, walking in the area called Solomon’s Porch.
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John 10:22–23 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

Some of the Jewish leaders gathered around him and said, “How long are you going to keep us wondering? If you really are the Messiah, then say so.”

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John 10:24 Some of the Jewish leaders gathered around him and said, “How long are you going to keep us wondering? If you really are the Messiah, then say so.”
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John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

“I have already told you,” Jesus said, “but you did not believe me. The miracles I do in my Father’s name prove who I am, but you do not believe, because you are not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them everlasting life, so they will never die. No thief can take them from me, because my Father has placed them in my care. He is more powerful than anyone else, so no one can snatch them from his protection. My Father and I are one.”

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John 10:25–30 “I have already told you,” Jesus said, “but you did not believe me. The miracles I do in my Father’s name prove who I am, but you do not believe, because you are not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them everlasting life, so they will never die. No thief can take them from me, because my Father has placed them in my care. He is more powerful than anyone else, so no one can snatch them from his protection. My Father and I are one.”
King James

John 10:25–30 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

The Jews picked up stones to throw at him.

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John 10:31 The Jews picked up stones to throw at him.
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John 10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

Jesus said, “Under the authority of my Father, I have done many good works. For which of those do you want to stone me?”

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John 10:32 Jesus said, “Under the authority of my Father, I have done many good works. For which of those do you want to stone me?”
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John 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

They said, “We are not stoning you for any good work, but for blasphemy, because you are just a man but claim to be God.”

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John 10:33 They said, “We are not stoning you for any good work, but for blasphemy, because you are just a man but claim to be God.”
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John 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

“Don’t your own scriptures say, You are gods? We know the scripture is as true now as it was then. If God called those people gods, why do you call it blasphemy when the one whom the Father has anointed and sent into the world says, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then don’t believe me. But if I am, and you cannot believe me, then believe the miracles and know that the Father is in me and I am in him.”

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Psalm 82:6 “You are gods,” I say, “children of the Most High.”
John 10:34–38 “Don’t your own scriptures say, You are gods? We know the scripture is as true now as it was then. If God called those people gods, why do you call it blasphemy when the one whom the Father has anointed and sent into the world says, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then don’t believe me. But if I am, and you cannot believe me, then believe the miracles and know that the Father is in me and I am in him.”
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Psalm 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
John 10:34–38 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

Once again, they tried to seize him, but he escaped from their grasp. He went beyond the Jordan River and stayed near the place where John had first baptized.

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John 10:39–40 Once again, they tried to seize him, but he escaped from their grasp. He went beyond the Jordan River and stayed near the place where John had first baptized.
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John 10:39–40 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.

People came to him, saying, “John did not do any miracles, but everything John said about this man is true.” Many from that area believed Jesus was the Messiah.

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John 10:41–42 People came to him, saying, “John did not do any miracles, but everything John said about this man is true.” Many from that area believed Jesus was the Messiah.
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John 10:41–42 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. And many believed on him there.