Samaritan

"You are a Samaritan"

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JOHN 8 COMMENTARY
John 8:31-36 The Truth Will Set You Free
John 8:37-47 Father Abraham

John 8:48-55 Samaritan

John 8:56-59 Before Abraham Was, I AM
JOHN 8:48  48 Then the Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”

How do the Jews respond to Jesus?
They suggest, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” in John 8:48, and then turn it into a declaration in John 8:52 (below): "Now we know that You have a demon!"

Why do they call Jesus a "Samaritan" in John 8:48?
Samaritans were half-breeds born outside the Jewish race. It was a racist insult (see Samaria and 2 Kings 17).

JOHN 8:49-51  49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”

What is the most serious sin the Jews committed against Jesus above?
Blasphemously telling the Holy God that He has a "demon" (John 8:48).

What could Jesus have done instead of responding to them?
Strike them dead on the spot as Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead for their arguably far lesser sins of lying about money to God.

When did Jesus strike the blasphemous unbelieving Jews dead and cast them into hell?
After He leveraged their hatred of Him to die on the cross to pay the death penalty due for the sins of those who believe in Him.

What did Jesus mean by "death" (John 8:51)?
The everlasting spiritual death in the fire of hell.

JOHN 8:52-55  52 Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’ 53 Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God. 55 Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I will be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.

Why do the Jews bring up "Abraham" (John 8:52)?
Abraham, whom God used to found the Hebrew nation, was their most revered Patriach. They think Jesus is talking about physical death and are saying that even Abraham, as well as all of "the prophets" (John 8:53) are dead, and asking Jesus if He is "greater than our father Abraham, who is dead?" (John 8:53).

How does Jesus respond?
Instead of comparing Himself to a mere creature, He references His co-Creator, whom they claim to know but do not: "It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God. Yet you have not known Him" (John 8:54-55).

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