Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
They replied to Him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be set free'?"
"You brothers, descendants of Abraham's family and those of you who respect God very much, this message of salvation was intended for us.
Neither are all [Jewish] people children [of God], [simply] because they are Abraham's descendants. But [Gen. 21:12 says], "It is through Isaac that you [i.e., Abraham] will have descendants."
They said this to test Him, in order to have a charge to bring against Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote [something] on the ground [i.e., in the dirt] with His finger.
So, for this reason the Jews began persecuting Jesus, because He did these [kinds of] things on the Sabbath day.
Then after these things happened, Jesus traveled in Galilee [only], for He did not want to move around in Judea because the Jews [there] were trying to kill Him.
Then the Jews again picked up stones [intending] to stone Him.
So, from that day onward, the Jewish authorities began plotting [how] to kill Jesus.
The person who belongs to God listens to the message from God. The reason you will not listen to it is because you do not belong to God."