John 08:01-11

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY … March 8, John 8.

John 08:01-11

2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.”

Some thoughts to contemplate about the scripture.

  1. Their motives were not theological or sincere; they really did not care about the sin or the woman – this was a trap, a conspiracy. Their intent was to discredit Jesus and gain political power for their side. All too often when moral issues are discussed it is not because people want to discover more of the truth as others see it but to grind their political axe.
  2. Consider the possibility that you could put any sexually-oriented sin condemned in the Law in place of the crime of which she is accused. Does this scripture apply then to more than adultery?
  3. Jesus ignores their rant as they try to such Him into the fruitless debate. Might be a good idea to emulate him.
  4. Jesus points out that the one who has no sin, or perhaps “who has not committed adultery” themselves, should condemn her by throwing the first stone. Romans 2:1 is an echo of this. They slowly disappear, one by one, as they become aware of their hypocrisy.
  5. Thus, at the end, it is the woman alone with Jesus and Jesus clearly confronts her sin and tells her to sin no more. If we allow Jesus to be Jesus and allow Jesus (and the Holy Spirit) to define sin and convict people of sin we would be more biblical and probably live in a better and less sinful world. We mean well but often get in the way when God is working surgically on a person’s conscience.
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