The passage of scripture that we'll be looking at today is part of a longer dialogue that Jesus is having with a crowd of people. At the beginning of this dialogue, we are told that Jesus' audience is mostly sympathetic to his cause. In fact, we are told that they were "Jews who had believed in him" (John 8:31). However, by the time this encounter has finished, the same people "who had believed in him" now want to stone him to death (John 8:58). The reason the people want to stone him is this: Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58). What was so offensive about this statement? Why did it result in a murderous anger on behalf of the crowds? This is what we'll be talking about in this, the fourth Bible Study in a Bible Study series on the I AM sayings of John's Gospel. John 8:51-57 51 Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’ 55 though you do not know him. But I know him; if I would say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad.” 57 Then the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.