John 8:41-45
John 8:41 (KJB)
Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
Jesus once again states that they do the deeds of their father and up to this point Jesus has not identified who their father was. They had surmised that Jesus was speaking about Abraham and here they elevated themselves to saying that they have only one Father and that is God. They claimed that they were legitimate children of God by stating that they were not born of fornication. By making that reference, they may have been implying that Jesus was born of fornication or that they were the true children of God because they had the law given to them in the past. Genealogies were big to the Jews and they probably also implied that they could check their lineage and prove that they were legitimate descendants of Abraham. They are relying on the relationship that God had with Israel under people like David, Solomon, Moses and believed that since they received the law, that made them the legitimate children of God.
John 8:42 (KJB)
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Here Jesus gives them a reality because normally within a family there is love. If they were truly the children of God, then they would not seek to kill Him, instead they would love Him. Jesus then goes on to restate the fact that He came from God and did not come on His own. It was God the Father who sent Him into the world. If they were truly Godís children, then they would have been very cognizant of this fact and would have welcomed Him and loved Him.
John 8:43 (KJB)
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Understand - Know, have insight, or perceive
Hear - Hear with understanding
Jesus asks a simple question and then proceeds to answer it. He asks them why do they not understand the things which He is saying? Then He gives the answer. It is because they cannot hear Him, not physical hearing, but spiritual hearing. They are unsaved and do not have the ability to understand spiritual things. (1 Cor 2:14 KJV) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. They had thought that their education level would give them all the insight they had needed and no one could teach them a thing and this is the problem with those who serve the education god. Too many think they have superlative knowledge and that everyone else is beneath them. These Jews could hear the words being spoken but because of the fact they were unsaved could not understand the meanings.
John 8:44 (KJB)
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Here Jesus identifies who their father really is and it is Satan. Up to this point the Jews had been smug in believing that their father was Abraham and God but Jesus now tells them straight out that their father is the Devil. They thought that they were in the Kingdom of God and that they were serving God but Jesus quickly puts that deception to rest. The Jews desire to kill Jesus and Satan was a murderer from the beginning so the Jews are in keeping with methods of Satan. Satan would love to kill Jesus and now he has a group who is willing to do his work. The Pharisees have not been abiding in the truth as they have embellished their own traditions as it pleased them. Since Satan did not abide in the truth, these Pharisees are not abiding in the truth. So here we have agreement with Satan in two areas, murder and lust. Then the third area which the Jews had agreement with Satan was in the area of lies. They had made lies about Jesus for the purpose of trying to trap Him to get Him executed. So on three fronts the leaders of Israel had agreed with Satan, they are lies, murder, and lust. This is why Jesus could say they were of their father the devil because there is no place in the Kingdom of God for these types of activities. (Rev 22:15 KJV) For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Money was an idol to these leaders as they craved to live life in luxury.
John 8:45 (KJB)
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Jesus tells them that He tells them the truth and they believe it not and that is because they are of the kingdom of Satan and do not have the spiritual ability to believe Jesus because they are unregenerate and reprobate. They wanted a Messiah who would conform to their image and not one who was more concerned with spiritual things. They wanted someone to physically throw off the yoke of Rome, yet they claimed they were not in bondage to anyone. If they could find such a person who could remove Rome, then their positions in Israel would be much higher and lucrative, they knew it and that is why they did not want Jesus because He did not concern Himself with political ambitions. Jesus spoke much of love but the Jews wanted position and authority and accompanying wealth.