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Monday, January 14, 2013

Sin No More

A Woman Caught in Adultery


John 8:1-11

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?”

6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Him.

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.”


Deuteronomy 17:6
 
“On the testimony of two or three witnesses a man shall be put to death, but no one shall be put to death on the testimony of only one witness. The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people. You must purge the evil from among you.”
The Jewish method of stoning was as follows:
The offender, half naked, the hands tied behind the back, was placed on a scaffold, ten or twelve feet high; the witnesses, who stood with her, pushed her off with great force: if she was killed by the fall there was nothing farther done, but if she was not, one of the witnesses took up a very large stone, and dashed it upon her breast, which generally was the finishing stroke.
Those are truly blessed, whom Christ does not condemn.
We read in, Psalm 4:8;
“Blessed is the man whose sin Jehovah will never count against him.”
Why can the Most Holy God never count our sins against us?
We find the answer in 2 Corinthians 5:19;
"For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people's sins against them."
Now,Christ’s favor to us in the forgiveness of our past sins should prevail with us,
“Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Amen.

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