I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.
After these things Jesus was walking in Galilee, for He was unwilling to walk in Judea because the Jews were seeking to kill Him.
For the heart of this people has become dull, With their ears they scarcely hear, And they have closed their eyes, Otherwise they would see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, And understand with their heart and return, And I would heal them.’
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.
For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?
“ Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? Why do you seek to kill Me?”
So some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Is this not the man whom they are seeking to kill?
They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.
They answered Him, “ We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”
They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus *said to them, “ If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham.
Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.
But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.
Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.
The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him.
So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.
For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again,
“Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent.
nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “ through Isaac your descendants will be named.”
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.