The Bad Woman Who Was Committing Adultery

I love this story found in John 8. It is about a woman who was doing something very bad, and some arrogant men found out about what she was doing, and wanted her stoned to death. These men thought they were good people. Notice how they treated the woman though. They had no compassion on her. What is even worse is that they didn’t even see any of their own sins until Jesus pointed out that they were sinners. Contrast the way these men treated the woman with how Jesus treated her. The Bible says that there are two Commandments that are the foundation for all the other Commandments. The first one is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. The second one is to love your neighbor as yourself. The men in this story were not obeying these commandments. They obviously did not love this woman, nor did they respect her dignity. Listen to Jesus’ words at the end of this story. He told her 1. He did not condemn her, and 2. That she was not to sin anymore. She was to repent. God had mercy on her. The men did not receive God’s mercy. Here is the record of this event:

And early in the morning he returned to the temple, and all the people came to him; and he sat down, and taught them.

And the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman who was committing adultery; and when they had set her in the middle,

They said unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what do you say?

They said this, tempting him, that they might be able to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he did not hear them.

So when they continued asking him, he got up, and said to them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest, even to the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

When Jesus got up, and saw none but the woman, he said to her, Woman, where are those who were accusing you? has no man condemned you?

She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more.

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So, with that in mind, which one do you relate to? The men who brought the woman to Jesus? The woman who was committing adultery?

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