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10/2 John 7-9

There is so much going on in these 3 chapters.  I think I will focus in on chapter 8.  The story of the woman caught in adultery proves that Jesus came as he said, to seek and save the lost and not to condemn.

1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

I think anyone less than the Son of God would not be able to answer their questions in such a way as to force them to admit their own sin publicly.  But in one short sentence, just 19 words, he stopped them cold.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

It seems that the older they were the quicker they realized what sinners they were.  Which makes sense, it takes someone with years of knowledge and experience to realize how far we fall short of God.  I wonder if the younger ones, who were probably all gung-ho to stone this woman, were stunned as they looked around and saw the men they looked up to, turn and walk away with their heads held low.  Then to top it off, the Son of God refused to condemn her.  He only gave her the instruction that we each should follow today.

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