1. Jesus had a habit of going to the temple early in the morning (vs. 2)
2. The scribes and the Pharisees were forming a habit of testing Jesus to accuse Him. (vs. 6)
3. Jesus was popular; all the people were coming to Him. (vs. 2)
4. The scribes and the Pharisees called Jesus “Teacher;” (vs. 4) the woman caught in adultery called Him “Lord.” (vs. 11)
5. Jesus stoops down twice to write on the ground (vs. 6, 8); no idea why, although it gave everyone time to wonder what He would say.
6. They only brought the woman caught in the very act of adultery, not the man, even though by Law (Lev. 20:10) both the man & woman were supposed to received the same penalty.
7. By the law of Moses the people were supposed to stone the woman to death. (vs. 5, Lev. 20:10, Duet. 22:22)
8. Jesus gives the one without sin permission to throw the first stone. (vs. 7)
9. People left one by one beginning with the older ones (vs. 9) demonstrating what it says in Romans 3:23 that “all sin and fall short of the glory of God. “
10. No one was able to condemn her and Jesus did not condemn her either (vs. 10-11). This demonstrates what he said in John 3:17 that he did not come to condemn the world but rather to save the world.
11. Jesus does tell her to sin no more (vs. 11). Interestingly his command does not come with a warning like it did in john 5:14 (sin no more so that nothing worse will happen to you.)
1. Jesus had a habit of getting up early and going to the temple to teach. The Pharisees had a habit of testing Jesus to accuse Him. What are my habits? Do my habits draw myself and others closer to God?
2. The scribes and the Pharisees knew the law & the Scriptures but chose the parts that suited their purposes and used it to condemn others while not looking to themselves. Do I rightly handle the word of truth? Do I know Scriptures well, to help people and build them up?
3. The Pharisees wanted to condemn both the woman and Jesus, but there is “Now no condemnation in Christ Jesus.” Do I condemn people in my heart or do I look at my own sin and realize we all fall short and must rely on the grace of Jesus?
4. Jesus tells the woman to sin no more. He tells us to sin no more. Jesus wants us to pursue righteousness. I need to ask the Lord to reveal sin in my life and then pray for true repentance and the power to live righteously by His grace.
Lord, I want habits in my life that draw people close to You. Thank you for Jesus example – how he got up early in the morning to go to the temple to teach. Help me to get up early in the morning to be with You so I am able to teach others throughout the day. And Lord, your word is supposed to bring life, not condemnation. When we point people to Scripture may it be with the desire to bring life, and truth and grace. And Lord, I know there are people I wrongly condemn in my heart, wrongly thinking that there sin is somehow worse than mine. Please forgive me. Make me into a grace-filled, humble person who sees people the way that Jesus does. And lastly Lord, help me to sin no more and pursue righteousness. Expose sin in my life and convict me. Then grant me the grace of a deep and true repentance and give me both the wisdom and the power to live more righteously.
Posted on Wed, February 24, 2016
by joel king