280 results for author: Mark Hathaway


Who are You? (Part 1)

Instead of providing a few verses to establish context, I want to look at just one verse. Not only that, but let’s look at just the first part of the verse. Then they said to Him, “Who are You?”  John 8:25 (NKJV) Those who know me, are very possibly tired of hearing me pound on the notion of keeping Bible passages in context, and yet what I’m about to ask you to do will make it seem I am abandoning the concept altogether. That being said, please resist the temptation to crack open your Bible to gain context for the verse fragment I’ve listed above. Don’t read the whole verse. Don’t read the verses above it nor the verses below it. ...

Tabernacle for the Sun

Last time I answered the first of two questions I was asked about Psalm nineteen. This time we will look at the second question. Let’s look at Psalm 19:1-6 to get us started. Psalm 19:1-6     1      The heavens declare the glory of God;     And the firmament shows His handiwork.     2      Day unto day utters speech,     And night unto night reveals knowledge.     3      There is no speech nor language     Where their voice is not heard.     4      Their line has gone out through all the earth,     And their words to the end of the world.       In them He has set a tabernacle for ...

Psalm 19

We’ve been studying in John chapter eight for some fourteen weeks. I was recently challenged to answer two questions in the nineteenth Psalm. I thought it would be worth the diversion to consider this beautiful Psalm from King David. Although a worthy exercise, I will resist the temptation to provide an expositional study, and instead focus on answering the questions as they were presented. Unfortunately, we will only be able to answer one of those questions this time. Let’s consider the first four verses. Psalm 19:1-4 says,     “1      The heavens declare the glory of God;     And the firmament shows His handiwork.     ...

Face to Face with God

If you’ve been studying along with me in the book of John you’ll know that although we aren’t moving very fast, we aren’t necessarily going verse by verse either. It would be easy to breeze past verse twenty because it seems unimportant. But let’s take a look at it so you can see what I mean. John 8:20 says, “These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.” (NKJV) This verse seems pretty straight forward. Nothing theologically earth shaking here. As a matter of fact, we could do without the details in this verse altogether right? No big deal to ...

Where is your Father?

As we’ve been working our way through John chapter eight, we’ve noticed a sharp contrast between the Pharisees and Jesus. They were constantly attempting to condemn Him, He was constantly trying to save them. They were motivated by jealousy and hatred, He was motivated by Obedience and love. The Pharisees were accustomed to being the ones in control of every encounter. They considered themselves a cut above everyone else. Not so when they engaged in conversation with Jesus. In verse nineteen Jesus utters the word “Father”. Let’s look at verses 18 & 19 together. For the purposes of this study, verse eighteen simply demonstrates a ...

Judge?

Before all this started, if you would have told me I would write twelve devotional posts about John chapter eight, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. It has been quite an enriching experience for me. I can only hope that you have benefitted from them as well. It is not my goal to teach you something. I have a singular goal in mind every time I write. I wish to ignite in you a desire, that will develop into a passion for studying the Word of God. I want you to experience the joy of discovering God’s truth during your own personal study of His Holy book. We are going to look at verse fifteen today, but as always, we want to look at a few ...

Wouldn’t You Like to Know?

In working our way through John chapter eight, we’ve come to verse fourteen. You may want to read the whole chapter to put the passage we are going to look at into perspective. Let’s take a look at verses twelve through fourteen together to remind ourselves of the immediate context. John 8:12-14 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” 13 The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.” 14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I ...

Powerful Yet Threatening

I admire people who consistently read the Bible from cover to cover in a year. It requires great discipline, and the rewards of regularly being exposed to the word of God are incalculable. I know several people who engage in the practice year after year. Not one of them however, makes their devotional reading of the Holy Bible their only encounter with the scriptures. If your only exposure to the word of God is devotional, then you are being cheated. Learn to dig for the Gold in the Bible. In other words, learn to study the Bible. Let’s practice together. The first step to going deeper is to slow down and observe the text. Think about it - mull ...

Have the Light

I’ve been enjoying my time in John chapter eight. We’ve worked our way through the first eleven verses. We’ve covered the encounter in the temple between Jesus, an accusing group of scribes and Pharisees, and a woman caught in adultery. We ended last time with Jesus offering forgiveness to the woman. Let’s see what we can discover together as we pickup with John 8:12. 12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (NKJV) The word “then” not only indicates the next occurrence in the sequence of events, but when  combined with ...

A Satellite Perspective

Interestingly, when I started my study in John chapter eight I was not intending to start at the top of the chapter and work my way through. I decided I wanted to study John 8:32. Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV) But because I endeavor to keep passages I’ve selected in context, I kept backing up verses. I wanted to be careful to not pull verse thirtytwo out of its literary context, because then I’d risk misunderstanding the verse. So as it turned out I backed up all the way to the top of the chapter, which actually must include the last verse of John chapter seven. Ok, so now I’m ...