In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did
what was right in his own eyes.
THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH:
1. Truth RESTRICTS.
2. Truth OFFENDS.
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my
teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and
the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s
descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that
we shall be set free?” 34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who
sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family,
but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be
free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are
looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word.
38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are
doing what you have heard from your father.” 39 “Abraham is our father,”
they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you
would do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill
me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.
20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for
light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own
sight. 22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at
mixing drinks, 23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the
24 Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down
in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like
dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty and spurned
the word of the Holy One of Israel. 25 Therefore the LORD’s anger burns
against his people; his hand is raised and he strikes them down. The
mountains shake, and the dead bodies are like refuse in the streets. Yet
for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.