Taken in Adultery
7:53 - 8:11
and nature of this account seems consistent with a made up
situation. It was a trap designed to pit him against the law of
Moses and the Roman government. The Jewish leaders saw it as a
binary choice. No matter which side he took he would lose favor with
From This Encounter:
only her was faulty according to the law. Where was the
man. There was no mention of the one who caught her. The
one who caught her was to throw the first stone.
avoided the trap of her accusers by saying nothing but instead writing
in the sand. It is the only time in the scriptures that it is
recorded that he wrote and we don't know what it was that he
wrote. It is possible and seems probable that he was writing the
sins of the accusers.
that they began to leave starting with the eldest. The older
ones were more likely to recognize their own failings.
wrote with his finger on stone and gave us the law. Jesus wrote
with his finger in the sand.
laws are permanent. Man's sins can be forgiven, wiped away
as though they never were. It is our choice.
that Jesus didn't overlook her sins. He told her in John
8:11 "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no
leads to repentance.
Christ offers forgiveness he calls for repentance.
Wisdom of Christ. No one traps Jesus. He knows your
heart and intentions. You can't fake righteousness to Jesus.
should fear legalism. These lawyers used the law to feel
superior to other people. It make them proud. Legalism
means you can earn favor with God by good works. It leads to
pride and that makes you critical and condemning. Pride is a
sin and pride is just as carnal as sexual sin.
loves sinners. This story shows an authentic picture of