Throwing Stones

John 8:1-11

Have you ever read John 8:1-11? This is the passage where a woman that was caught in the very act of adultery was brought to Jesus for judgment by the scribes and the Pharisees. One of the first things that is interesting about this passage, is that the man who was committing adultery with the woman to be judged never appears in the story. So, how is it that she was singled out alone as if adultery is a one person act? This alone shows how people on the earth unfairly pick and choose what is right based on their own perceptions, experiences, and belief systems.

As this passage continues, you find that the scribes and the Pharisees state the law to Jesus (as if He doesn’t already know it). John 8:5 AMP says, “Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women [to death]. So what do You say [to do with her–what is Your sentence]?” They ask Jesus what He believes her sentence should be in an effort to trap, tempt, and test Him … hoping they would have something to accuse Him of.

And of course, in all His wisdom, Jesus responds in John 8:7 AMP with, “He who is without [any] sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” And as they heard His reply (which is not what they expected), one by one, they all began to leave until Jesus was left alone with the woman. And finally, in John 8:10-11 AMP, Jesus says this, “‘Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?’ She answered, ‘No one, Lord!’ And Jesus said, ‘I do not condemn you either. Go. From now on sin no more.’]”

WOW! Look at how Jesus responded. The woman went from sin and a death sentence to forgiveness and life. We all could learn a lot from this passage. It is easy to find ourselves in the trap of judging others for their sins without considering our own. Instead of Jesus passing a sentence on the woman, He passed a sentence on her accusers. He did not fall into their trap saying, “Don’t execute her!” or “She shall surely die!” He simply demanded that justice be fair among everyone.

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