Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. … You do the deeds of your father.” John 8:39b, 41
The phrase “chip of the same block” dates back at least to a 1621 sermon: “Am not I a child of the same Adam . . . a chip of the same block, with him?” (English bishop Robert Sanderson’s Sermons) Later, it became “chip off the old block,” referring to a parent (the block) and a child (the chip). We all know what it means: Children are often much like their parents.
Jesus affirmed this point when talking with religious leaders who were proud of their Abrahamic lineage but were also seeking to kill Him. Because of that disconnect, Jesus said they were not children of Abraham but were children of the devil (John 8:34-47). Jesus said He did what He learned…
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