This week’s readings: John 7–10
Don’t forget to record your impressions and read the ideas outlined in the new Come, Follow Me manuals on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
This week’s scriptural insight comes from Verse by Verse, The New Testament: Volume 1 by Andrew C. Skinner and D. Kelly Ogden.
Moses, in the Law, stipulated that those guilty of adultery be stoned to death—“the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death” (Leviticus 20:10; see also Deuteronomy 22:22). It was not the Roman law but the Jewish law that invoked the death penalty for such a grievous sin, though the death penalty had not been applied for centuries—because some leaders, even in the religious establishment, were likely guilty of committing adultery.
These ideas and topics are compiled from Come, Follow Me and have been adapted for specific situations. Check out the manuals online for more ideas, or come up with your own as you study!
The story of the woman taken in adultery can be a powerful study topic. While not everyone makes the same kind of mistake or commits the same sin as this woman, the way that the Savior responded to her is a great example of how we can react to the mistakes that children, spouses, friends, or others in our lives make—and the same way we can trust that the Savior will react to our own mistakes. As you study together as a couple this week, you might consider talking about how you can both do a better job of forgiving and loving the way Christ does, particularly in your own family.
In this week’s readings, you may choose to spend a study session on the story of the blind man. Though the Savior’s disciples assumed that the man’s trial was the result of sin, Christ clarifies that our challenges are not always a consequence of sin. You might consider a trial that you have had or are currently going through and look for ways that the Lord is helping you through it. Is there a trial that you assumed was punishment for a sin? You might find your perspective changing as you ponder this story.
For families with young children:
A parable found in this week’s readings that might especially resonate with younger children is the parable of the good shepherd. You could act out the story using toy animals, look at pictures of sheep, or find another interactive way to share the parable. Then you could talk together as a family about how, just like the sheep in the story, each of us is important to the Good Shepherd, who can guide and protect us.
For families with teens:
As you study this week’s chapters as a family, you might consider focusing on looking for the different ways that Christ declared his mission and role (for a suggested list of scriptures, check out Come, Follow Me) and discussing why those roles are important to us. You might even give family members an opportunity to share their testimonies about the Savior.
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