- Why would a plain answer to the Jews’ question of verse 24 have been useless?
What indications of the nature of Jesus’ person were already being given?
See verses 25, 32, 37, 38. Why were the Jews incapable of seeing this?
Do your works corroborate your words?
- In the statements of verses 27, 28 how is the sheep’s relation to the shepherds described, and how the shepherd’s relation to the sheep?
On what grounds given in verses 28, 29 can you be sure that you will never perish?
- In what terms does Jesus describe his relationship with God, and what evidence does he give in support of His claim?
How far are the words of the Jews at the end of verse 33 correct?
What ought they to have done?
- Verse 30. The word ‘one’ is neuter in the Greek: ‘a unity’, not ‘one person’.
- Verses 34-36. See Ps. 82:6. Even the judges of Israel, acting as God’s representatives, were called ‘gods’. The Jews should have seen that Jesus was far superior to them. This comparison with the men of the Old Testament is sufficient argument to refute the charge of blasphemy. Jesus does not imply that he is merely a man like them.