WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY
JOHN 8: 1-11
NOVEMBER 3, 2013
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
USA
November Bible Memory Verse:

Philippians 4:6-7
6 “Do not be anxious about
anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and...
7 And the peace of God, which
transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your
minds in Christ
Jesus.” Philip...
JOHN 8: 1-11
John 8:1-11 NKJV
1 But

Jesus went to the
Mount of Olives.

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2 Now

early in the
morning He came again
into the temple, and all
the people came to Him;
and He sat down and
taught them...
3 Then

the scribes and
Pharisees brought to Him
a woman caught in
adultery. And when they
had set her in the midst,
4 they

said to Him,
“Teacher, this woman was
caught in adultery, in the
very act.

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5 Now

Moses, in the law,
commanded us that such
should be stoned.
But what do You say?”
6 This

they said, testing
Him, that they might
have something of which to
accuse Him.
But Jesus stooped down
and wrote on...
as though He did not
hear.

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7 So

when they continued
asking Him, He raised
Himself up and said to
them, “He who is without
sin among you, let him
thr...
8 And

again
He stooped
down and
wrote on the
ground.

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9 Then

those who heard it,
being convicted by their
conscience, went out one
by one, beginning with
the oldest even to th...
in the midst.

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10 When

Jesus had raised
Himself up and saw no
one but the woman, He
said to her,
“Woman, where are those
accusers of you...
11 She

said,
“No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her,
“Neither do I condemn
you; go and sin no more.”
John 8:1-11 NKJV
The same Jesus Who said,
“Go and sin no more” is
the same Jesus Who
“remembers your sin no
more”…
IF
9 If

we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.
1 Jo...
Isaiah 1:18b NKJV
18b “Though your sins are
like scarlet, They shall be
as white as snow; (bleach)
Though they are red lik...
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Hebrews 8:12 NKJV
12 For

I will be merciful to
their unrighteousness,
and their sins and their
lawless deeds I will
remem...
Jeremiah 31:34 NKJV
For I will forgive their
iniquity, and their sin I
will remember no more.
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Psalm 103:12 NKJV
12 As far as the east is from
the west, (not north from
south)
So far has He removed
our transgressions ...
Micah 7:19b NKJV
19b You

will cast all our

sins
Into the depths of the
sea. (No fishing!)
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For those who are
forgiven, He remembers
their sins no more but not
so for those who have not
asked for His forgiveness.
Jeremiah 17:1 NKJV
1“The sin of Judah is
written with a pen of iron;
With the point of a
diamond it is engraved
On the tab...
Jesus chooses to forget the
sins of those who choose
Him and, in addition,
He chooses to remember
those precious souls
who...
Psalm 139:17-18a NKJV
17 How

precious also are
Your thoughts to me, O
God!
How great is the sum of
them!
18a If

I should count them,
they would be more in
number than the sand;
Psalm 139:17-18a NKJV
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
11 For I know the thoughts
that I think toward you,
says the LORD, thoughts of
peace and not of evil, ...
Psalm 40:5b NKJV
5b Your thoughts toward
us cannot be recounted to
You in order; If I would
declare and speak of them,
the...
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Isaiah 49:15b-16a NKJV
15b

16a

Yet I will not forget
you.
See, I have inscribed
you on the palms of
My hands;
This was My pen…

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3 Whenever

I am afraid,
I will trust in You. Ps 56:3

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The same Jesus Who said,
“Go and sin no more” is
the same Jesus Who
“remembers your sin no
more”…
HALELUJAH!
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John 7:50-53 NKJV
The night before this John
8:1 passage, there had
been a meeting of the
Sanhedrin because people
were divided in their
opi...
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John 7:50-53 NKJV
50 Nicodemus(he

who

came to Jesus by
night, being one of them)
said to them,
John 3:1-17

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John 7:50-53

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John 19:39-42

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51 “Does

our law judge a
man before it hears him
and knows what he is
doing?”
52 They

answered and said
to him, “Are you also from
Galilee? Search and look,
for no prophet has
arisen out of Galilee.”
53 And

everyone went to
his own house.
John 7:50-53 NKJV
Everyone had gone home
but not one had invited
Jesus to his house.

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John 8:1 NKJV
1 But

Jesus went to the
Mount of Olives.

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Jesus possibly went to
some booth pitched there
on the Mount of Olives
since it was
during the
feast of
tabernacles.
http:...
That Jesus, the Creator of
all things, had no place of
His own to stay strikingly
illustrates the humiliation
and condesce...
the form of a bondservant, and being made
in the likeness of men.
Being found in
appearance as a man, He
humbled Himself b...
point of death, even death
on a cross”
(Philippians 2:7-8).

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At His birth His mother
“wrapped Him in cloths,
and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no
room for them in the inn”
(...
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During His ministry He
said to a would-be
follower, “The foxes have
holes and the birds of the
air have nests, but the Son...
Jesus Christ, the King of
kings, was not given the
reception even the most
minor human dignitary
would have received
(John...
John 1:11 NKJV
11 He came to His own,
and His
own did
not
receive
Him.

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John 8:2 NKJV
2 Now early in the
morning He came again
into the temple, and all
the people came to Him;
and He sat down an...
Our text notes that,
simply and without
fanfare, early the next
morning He came again
into the
temple
to teach.
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No angelic herald
announced Jesus' arrival,
nor did He perform any
sensational miracles to
draw a crowd.
But such was the power of
His teaching that all the
people were coming to
Him.

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In His humility, the Lord
used no gimmicks to
market or promote
Himself, but offered His
teaching freely to all who
would ...
In typical rabbinical style,
He simply sat down
somewhere in the temple
complex and began to
teach the people.
*Throughout Jesus'
ministry He exhibited this
kind of humility.
*This is in stark contrast to
His second coming, which
wil...
When He returns, He will
come “with power and
great glory” “on the
clouds of heaven” and
“every eye will see Him”.
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“He will sit on His
glorious throne” and He
will rule the nations with
majesty and power!
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John 8:3-4 NKJV
3 Then

the scribes and
Pharisees brought to Him
a woman caught in
adultery. And when they
had set her in ...
4 they

said to Him,
“Teacher, this woman was
caught in adultery, in the
very act.
John 8:3-4 NKJV
*Suddenly, the Lord's
teaching was interrupted
by scribes and the
Pharisees.
*The scribes (lawyers)
were the experts in
in...
After God allowed
Babylon to destroy
Solomon’s Temple in 586
B.C., the central focus for
the Jew shifted from the
Temple (...
(Torah), since the Temple
no longer existed and
sacrifices were impossible.

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The Hebrews reasoned
that since their failure to
observe the Law of God
was what got them into
national disaster,
therefor...
observance of the Law.
And with this shift, the
people’s focus and
attention changed from
being upon the priest
(previousl...
(the one who best knows
God’s commands).
So, with this swing in
spotlight came the rise of
new “experts in the
Mosaic Law”...
Scribes:
*These were the lawyers
whose primary job was to
copy the Scriptures.
*Their focus became the
details or the lett...
Since the scribes were the
copyists, they also became
the interpreters of the
sacred writings because
their occupation gav...
They transitioned from
mere copyists to teachers
of the Scriptures and
somewhat took the place
of the priest as teacher of...
Their services, both
educational and judicial,
were rendered freely and
without compensation.
The scribes were usually,
but not always, Pharisees,
who along with the
Sadducees, Zealots, and
Essenes were one of the
fo...
Pharisees:
The Pharisees were noted
chiefly for their strict
adherence to the Mosaic
Law and their oral
traditions.
They were especially
known for insisting that
the law of God be
observed as the scribes
interpreted it.
Though few in number
(about 6,000 at the time of
Herod the Great
according to the firstcentury Jewish historian
Josephus),...
religious influence among
the Jewish people.

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With the exception of
Nicodemus, the Pharisees
are always hostile to Jesus
in John's gospel.
*The name, Pharisee,
implies “the separated
ones.”
*They lived in separate
communities, not
fellowshipping with
sinners.
Whenever the rabbis
taught something that
sounded good, or
profound, they kept it and
added it to what they
called “the tr...
Many Pharisees believed
that these traditions were
even as authoritative as
the Law.
One popular Pharisee
myth is that at the same
time God gave the Law to
Moses, He gave him
another law, an oral law,
that w...
from parent to child—and
that oral law is what the
Pharisees taught.
*Obviously that’s foolish,
but that’s how highly
Phar...
So the scribes’ emphasis
was on the written law
whereas the Pharisees’
focus was on the oral law
(tradition).
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Bringing with them a
woman caught in
adultery, the scribes and
Pharisees barged into the
crowd of people listening
to Jesu...
Addressing Him with
mock politeness as
“Teacher” (or “Rabbi”)
they exclaimed,
“This woman has been
caught in adultery, in ...
Why did they only bring
the woman if they were
caught in the act?
So there was an injustice
at the very onset, in their
ow...
John 8:5 NKJV
5 Now

Moses, in the law,
commanded us that such
should be stoned.
But what do You say?”
The last clause is
emphatic in the Greek,
and could be translated:
“What's your opinion on
this?”
Jesus Himself upheld the
Old Testament
condemnation of adultery
(Matthew 5:27; 19:18).
In fact, He made the
prohibition stronger,
condemning not only the
physical act, but also the
lustful attitude that
concei...
Matthew 5:27-28
27 “You

have heard that it
was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT
COMMIT ADULTERY’;
28 but

I say to you that
everyone who looks at a
woman with lust for her
has already committed
adultery with her in his
h...
If justice was all they
sought, why bring the
woman to Jesus at all?

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*Why not try her in their
own courts, where such
cases would normally be
heard?
*Jesus was not a judge
(Luke 12:13-14) nor...
Luke 12:13-14
13 Someone

in the crowd
said to Him, “Teacher, tell
my brother to divide
the family inheritance with
me.”
14 But

He said to
him, “Man, who
appointed Me a judge or
arbitrator over you?”
Luke 12:13-14
In Luke 12 he was
referring to His first
coming, however in
Matthew 25 He is talking
about His second coming
when He will ...
Matthew 25:31-46 NKJV
31 “When

the Son of Man
comes in His glory, and all
the holy angels with Him,
then He will sit on t...
32 All

the nations will be
gathered before Him, and
He will separate them one
from another, as a
shepherd divides his
she...
33 And

He will set the
sheep on His right hand,
but the goats on the left.

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41 “Then

He will say to
those on the left hand,
‘Depart from Me, you
cursed, into the
everlasting fire prepared
for the d...
42 for

I was hungry and
you gave Me no food; I
was thirsty and you gave
43 I was a
Me no drink;
stranger and you did not
...
sick and in prison and you
did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will
answer Him, saying,
‘Lord, when did we see
You hungr...
or in prison, and did not
minister to You?’
45 Then He will answer
them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I
say to you, inasmuch as
you...
not do it to Me.’
46 And these will go away
into everlasting
punishment, but the
righteous into eternal
life.”
Matthew 25:...
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There was no legal
difficulty that would
necessitate consulting a
rabbi in this adultery case;
it was an open-and-shut
cas...
They are right about the
Law of Moses; there is no
way of toning it down.
She should be stoned.
They are putting Him on
th...
*The scribes and Pharisees
did this to trap Him.
*They didn't really want
to stone the woman.
They wanted to stone
Him!
If He objected to stoning
her, He would be guilty of
opposing the Mosaic Law,
and thus discredit His
claim to be the Messi...
On the other hand, if He
agreed with her accusers
that she should be stoned,
His reputation for
compassion toward
sinners ...
Further, the Jewish
leaders could then report
Him to the Romans as
having instigated an
execution in defiance of
Roman aut...
The challenge brought by
the scribes and Pharisees
also raised a deeper
issue—namely, how
divine justice and mercy
are to ...
God is holy and His “Law
is holy, and the
commandment is holy
and righteous and good”.
But the Law knows
nothing of forgiv...
It declares, “The soul who
sins will die” because
“all who have sinned
under the Law will be
judged by the Law”
“for the L...
How then does God
forgive sinners without
violating His holy law?

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*The answer is, through
the Lord Jesus Christ!
*His sacrificial death fully
satisfied the demands of
God's justice; as Pau...
do, weak as it was
through the flesh, God
did: sending His own Son
in the likeness of sinful
flesh and as an offering
for ...
Those who put their faith
in Him are “justified as a
gift by His grace through
the redemption which is
in Christ Jesus; Wh...
blood through faith”,
because “He Himself bore
our sins in His body on
the cross, so that we
might die to sin and live
to ...
healed”.

1 Peter 2:24

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Because His sacrificial
death paid the penalty for
the sins of all who believe
in Him, God can “be just
and the Justifier ...
“mercy and truth have
met together (at the cross);
righteousness (justice)
and peace have kissed
each other” (Psalm 85:10)...
God poured out His
wrath against sin on Jesus
so He can pour out His
grace and mercy on those
who believe.
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Jesus was the lamb “slain
from the foundation of the
world” (Rev 13:8),
not only in the prophetic
sense, but also in the
s...
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All through redemptive
history, all who were
forgiven and given eternal
life had the sacrifice of the
Son of God applied t...
John 8:6 NKJV
6 This

they said, testing
Him, that they might
have something of which to
accuse Him.
But Jesus stooped down
and wrote on the ground
with His finger, as though
He did not hear.
John 8:6 NKJV
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*The dramatic scene in the
temple courtyard had
reached its climax.
*The woman, her sin
publicly exposed, was
humiliated, ...
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*The scribes and Pharisees
were jubilant, thinking
they had caught Jesus in
an impossible dilemma.
*The crowd was hushed,
...
*But He, for the moment,
surprisingly did nothing.
*Seemingly oblivious to
what was going on,
Jesus stoops down and
writes...
This is the only record
that we have of His
writing anything.

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He is the One about
Whom more books have
been written than about
any other person who has
ever lived; yet He never
wrote a...
temple floor, which the
wind or the feet of the
crowd erased.

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John 8:7 NKJV
7 So when they continued
asking Him, He raised
Himself up and said to
them, “He who is without
sin among you...
When they pressed Him
for an answer, Jesus
turned the conviction of
the prisoner upon the
prosecutors.
The scribes and Pharisees
were no doubt puzzled by
Jesus' silence.

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Perhaps they thought He
did not know how to
reply, so, thinking they
finally had impaled Him
on the horns of a
dilemma, th...
Always the master of the
moment, Jesus remained
silent, allowing them to
reveal unmistakably their
hatred and hypocrisy as...
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At last, He no doubt gave
His opponents
a piercing
glance,

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straightened up and said
to them, “He who is
without sin among you,
let him be the first to
throw a stone at her.”
The Lor...
It upheld the Law, since
He did not deny the
woman's guilt, and
broadened the Law's
power by exposing the
sins of the accu...
It also avoided the charge
of instigating an execution
in violation of Roman
authority, since the Lord
put the responsibil...
And it mercifully spared
the woman from being
stoned for her sin.
Jesus knew that according
to the Law, the witnesses
to a capital offense were
to be the first to throw
stones at the guilt...
Deuteronomy 13:9
9 But you shall surely kill
him; your hand shall be
first against him to put
him to death, and
afterwards...
Deuteronomy 17:7
7 The hand of the witnesses
shall be first against him to
put him to death, and
afterward the hand of all...
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The woman's accusers
were themselves guilty of
adultery (if not the
physical act, certainly the
lust of the heart
[Matthew...
Jesus' masterful answer
neither minimized the
woman's guilt, nor denied
the Law's sanctity.
But it cut the ground out
from under the scribes
and Pharisees by
revealing that they were
unfit to be her judges and
exec...
John 8:8 NKJV
8 And

again He stooped
down and wrote on the
ground.
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After making that
startling and unexpected
statement, He calmly
stooped down once more
and wrote on the ground,
and said n...
Arthur Pink suggests that
Christ wrote on the
ground with His finger
twice to remind them of
the two tablets of the Law,
w...
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Because the text does not
say what He wrote, some
speculate that the Lord
was acting out Jer 17:13:
“Those who depart from...
forsaken the Lord, the
fountain of living waters”
(NKJV).

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Now, who had forsaken
the Lord? This woman?
Yes, she had.
The religious rulers?
Yes, they had too.
Their names shall be
wr...
Jesus may have been
writing in the dust the
sins of the very men who
were accusing the woman.

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The normal Greek word
for to write is graphein;
but here the word used is
katagraphein, which can
mean to write down
a rec...
One of the meanings of
kata is against.
So in Job 13:26 Job says:
"Thou writest
(katagraphein) bitter
things against me."
Jesus may have been
linking their names with
sins of their past.
Perhaps He wrote the
name of a woman living
in Rome.
One old pious Pharisee
had had an affair in Rome
when he was a young
fellow.
His wife didn't know
about it; no one in
Jeru...
but our Lord knew that
old rascal.
*As He just wrote the
name of the woman, the
old Pharisee came over
and saw it -- and
s...
that he had another
appointment.

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Perhaps one of the scribes
made regular trips to
Ephesus, a great sinning
place, to a certain address
over there which Jes...
The scribe looked at it and
said, "Oh, my gracious!"
He left hurriedly.

http://www.examiningcalvinism.com/files/Gospels/P...
Another scribe may have
left a girl in Galilee who
was pregnant.
He didn't marry her, and
he didn't think anyone
knew.
Our Lord wrote the name
of the girl and the scribe's
name with it.

http://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/pics/content_img.2...
"Thou hast set our
iniquities before thee, our
secret sins in the light of
thy countenance"
(Psalm 90:8).
Secret sin on ea...
Better our sin
should shame us than
damn us, and be set in
order before us for our
conviction than for our
condemnation.
What Jesus wrote is
obviously not essential to
the story, however, since it
was not recorded; all of
these suggestions are...
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Perhaps His writing on
the ground frightened
them, as the
hand-writing
on the wall
frightened
Belshazzar.
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*They concluded He was
writing bitter things
against them, writing
their doom.
*Happy they who have no
reason to be afraid...
John 8:9 NKJV
9 Then

those who heard it,
being convicted by their
conscience, went out one
by one, beginning with
the old...
Conscience is God's
deputy in the soul, and
one word from Him will
set it to work as in
Hebrews 4:12:
Hebrews 4:12 KJV
12 For

the word of God is
quick, and powerful, and
sharper than any two
edged sword, piercing
even to th...
asunder of soul and spirit,
and of the joints and
marrow, and is a discerner
of the thoughts and
intents of the heart.
Heb...
It is folly for those that are
under convictions to
contrive how to shift off
their convictions, and to
get rid of them.
The scribes and Pharisees
had the wound opened,
and now they should have
been desirous to have it
searched, and then it mi...
dreaded and declined.
It is folly for those that are
under convictions to get
away from Jesus Christ, as
these here did, f...
and speak peace to us.

http://www.thechoicedrivenlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Jesus-Came-To-Speak-To-Us.jpg
Those that are convicted
by their consciences will
be condemned by their
Judge, if they be not
justified by their
Redeemer...
To whom will they go?

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Jesus gives the
requirements for being a
judge, which is something
for all of us to hear.
We have the right to be
the judge of others
provided we meet the
requirement.
That requirement is
sinlessness.
That takes me out of the
stone-throwing business.

http://travelingundergrace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/iStock_000005...
And Jesus was left alone,
and the woman standing
in the midst.
John 8:9 NKJV
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So there was not a person
left there who could
throw a stone at her
except One.
Only Jesus could have
thrown the stone at ...
All the others had slinked
away.
What hypocrites they
were!
John 8:10-11 NKJV
10 When

Jesus had raised
Himself up and saw no
one but the woman, He
said to her,
“Woman, where are those
accusers of you...
11 She

said,
“No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her,
“Neither do I condemn
you; go and sin no more.”
John 8:10-11 NKJV
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For the first time,
Someone addressed the
woman.
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She did not seek to make
her escape, though she had
opportunity for it; but her
prosecutors had appealed
unto Jesus, and t...
Note; Those whose cause
is brought before our
Lord Jesus will never have
occasion to remove it into
any other court, for H...
http://christtransformation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/finding-jesus-through-faith.jpg
The woman, it is likely,
stood trembling at the bar,
as one doubtful of the
issue.

http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/LRlbXS3oUUg/0.j...
Christ was without sin,
and might cast the first
stone;

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but though none more
severe than He against
sin, for He is infinitely just
and holy, none more
compassionate than He to
si...
and this poor sinner finds
Him so, now that she
stands upon her
deliverance.
First;
The prosecutors are called:
Where are those thine
accusers?
Hath no man condemned
thee?
Not but that Christ knew
where they were; but He
asked, that He might
shame them, who
declined His judgment,
and encourage...
The Apostle Paul's
challenge is like this;
Who shall lay any thing to
the charge of God's elect?
Where are those their
acc...
The accuser of the
brethren shall be cast out,
and all indictments legally
and regularly quashed.
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Secondly;
They do not appear when
the question is asked:
Hath no man condemned
thee?
She said, No man, Lord.
She speaks respectfully to
Christ, calls Him Lord, but is
silent concerning her
prosecutors, says nothing in
answer to tha...
She does not triumph in
their retreat nor insult
over them as witnesses
against themselves, not
against her.
If we hope to be forgiven
by our Judge, we must
forgive our accusers; and
if their accusations, how
invidious so ever, wer...
consciences, we may
easily forgive them this
wrong.
But she answered the
question which concerned
herself, Has no man
cond...
True penitents find it
enough to give an account
of themselves to God, and
will not undertake to give
an account of other
...
So here's a woman caught
in the act of a capital sin
according to the Mosaic
Law, but Jesus is saying to
her,
"I don't con...
Because He didn't come to
condemn, He came to
save. And there He
demonstrated His
glorious ministry: seeking
and saving th...
She didn't need to be
condemned, she needed
to be saved.
We don't need to be
condemned, we need to
be saved!
And Jesus did not
condemn the sinner.
To this woman He said,
"Neither do I condemn
you. Just go and sin no
more."
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KmFCd3westY/Tqd8mvBoQAI/AAAAAAAAAq8/-VHOD_kD89g/s1600/no-condemnation-1.jpg
This woman was guilty of
sin, and according to the
Law of Moses an
adulteress was to be put
to death.
Is Jesus reversing t...
He is placing His Cross
between that woman and
her sin.
This One Who is the Son
of the virgin, Who
Himself was under a
clo...
going to the Cross to pay
the penalty for even the
sin of this woman.
He did not come into the
world to condemn the
world.
He did not come to judge
this woman.
He came into the world
the first time to be a
Savior!
This account paints a
marvelous picture of the
Lord Jesus Christ, Whose
gracious humility, infinite
wisdom, convicting spe...
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  1. 1. WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY JOHN 8: 1-11 NOVEMBER 3, 2013 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA
  2. 2. November Bible Memory Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  3. 3. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
  4. 4. JOHN 8: 1-11
  5. 5. John 8:1-11 NKJV 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. http://shalomisraeltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Mount-of-Olives.jpg
  6. 6. 2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.
  7. 7. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst,
  8. 8. 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. http://lailannhaynes.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/jesus-teaching.jpg?w=487
  9. 9. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”
  10. 10. 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger,
  11. 11. as though He did not hear. http://www.thebodyofmessiah.com/thesanctified/images/writingontheground2.jpg
  12. 12. 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
  13. 13. 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. http://thumbs.imagekind.com/2674160_650/Jesus-Writing-in-the-Sand.jpg?v=1258835040
  14. 14. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing
  15. 15. in the midst. http://i1.cpcache.com/product/161287186/go_and_sin_no_more_tile_coaster.jpg?height=460&width=460&qv=90
  16. 16. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
  17. 17. 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:1-11 NKJV
  18. 18. The same Jesus Who said, “Go and sin no more” is the same Jesus Who “remembers your sin no more”… IF
  19. 19. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NKJV
  20. 20. Isaiah 1:18b NKJV 18b “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; (bleach) Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.”
  21. 21. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/Ink_Bottle_and_Pen_by_Pablo_Perez.png
  22. 22. Hebrews 8:12 NKJV 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
  23. 23. Jeremiah 31:34 NKJV For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
  24. 24. http://cdn.theresurgence.com/files/2013/10/11/SinsNoMore_ResurgenceTemplate2.jpg
  25. 25. Psalm 103:12 NKJV 12 As far as the east is from the west, (not north from south) So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
  26. 26. Micah 7:19b NKJV 19b You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea. (No fishing!)
  27. 27. http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4733450272376951&pid=1.7
  28. 28. For those who are forgiven, He remembers their sins no more but not so for those who have not asked for His forgiveness.
  29. 29. Jeremiah 17:1 NKJV 1“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; With the point of a diamond it is engraved On the tablet of their heart,
  30. 30. Jesus chooses to forget the sins of those who choose Him and, in addition, He chooses to remember those precious souls whom the Father has given Him.
  31. 31. Psalm 139:17-18a NKJV 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
  32. 32. 18a If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; Psalm 139:17-18a NKJV
  33. 33. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
  34. 34. Psalm 40:5b NKJV 5b Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
  35. 35. http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/x/phone-number-palm-12218626.jpg
  36. 36. Isaiah 49:15b-16a NKJV 15b 16a Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
  37. 37. This was My pen… http://mysteryoftheinquity.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/nail-crucifixion.jpg?w=950
  38. 38. http://edblonski.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/nail-pierced-hand.jpg
  39. 39. http://christfromtheheart.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/isiash-49-16.jpg
  40. 40. http://impressyourkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/easter-rooster9.jpg
  41. 41. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aZvPRRneMfQ/Tf9rlWi1P9I/AAAAAAAABOM/v7l40ezU2OY/s1600/nail+scarred+hand.jpg
  42. 42. 3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Ps 56:3 http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_YBI7xygDb40/SPm-q8IMnZI/AAAAAAAAAKU/6ahLeuTwnm4/s320/31.jpg
  43. 43. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PtVasHC0ScA/THHK1vRg4lI/AAAAAAAABZQ/XHzaMsiZH9M/s1600/god%27s+hand.jpg
  44. 44. http://sunilscove.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/gods-hands-holding-child.jpg
  45. 45. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4763115617256610&pid=1.7
  46. 46. http://8kidsandabusiness.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/god-holds-us-in-the-palm-of-his-hand.jpg
  47. 47. http://thereforegodexists.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/world-in-his-hands.jpg
  48. 48. The same Jesus Who said, “Go and sin no more” is the same Jesus Who “remembers your sin no more”… HALELUJAH! What a Savior!
  49. 49. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Copyright © Moody Press and John MacArthur, Jr., 1983-2007.
  50. 50. *J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible *Barclay's Daily Study Bible (NT) *The New American Commentary [Nashville: Broadman & Holman].
  51. 51. Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.
  52. 52. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Copyright © 1992 by Chariot Victor Publishing, an imprint of Cook Communication Ministries.
  53. 53. John 7:50-53 NKJV
  54. 54. The night before this John 8:1 passage, there had been a meeting of the Sanhedrin because people were divided in their opinion as to whether or not Jesus was the Messiah.
  55. 55. http://tvaraj2inspirations.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/sanhedrin-021.jpg
  56. 56. John 7:50-53 NKJV 50 Nicodemus(he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them,
  57. 57. John 3:1-17 http://jewishstudies.eteacherbiblical.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Jesus-and-Nicodemus3.png
  58. 58. John 7:50-53 http://shallroar.com/021-1.jpg
  59. 59. John 19:39-42 http://truthmattersblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/joseph-of-arimathea-nicodemus.jpg
  60. 60. 51 “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?”
  61. 61. 52 They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.”
  62. 62. 53 And everyone went to his own house. John 7:50-53 NKJV
  63. 63. Everyone had gone home but not one had invited Jesus to his house. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Wmt2mnw9Otg/TmRioATmAwI/AAAAAAAADcA/cE6Die5CbV0/s1600/jesus-wherever.jpg
  64. 64. John 8:1 NKJV 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. http://worthyofagape.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/jesus-alone-on-mountain.jpg
  65. 65. Jesus possibly went to some booth pitched there on the Mount of Olives since it was during the feast of tabernacles. http://timesofrefreshingontheoldpaths.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/feast-of-tabernacles.jpg
  66. 66. That Jesus, the Creator of all things, had no place of His own to stay strikingly illustrates the humiliation and condescension of the Incarnation—when He “emptied Himself, taking
  67. 67. the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the
  68. 68. point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7-8). http://ourghanablog.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/jesus-on-the-cross-for-us.jpg
  69. 69. At His birth His mother “wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7, Revelation 3:20).
  70. 70. http://halsteenson.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/jesus_knocking1.jpg
  71. 71. http://anabsolutefortoday.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/jesus-knocking-10.jpg
  72. 72. During His ministry He said to a would-be follower, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matt 8:20).
  73. 73. Jesus Christ, the King of kings, was not given the reception even the most minor human dignitary would have received (John 1:11).
  74. 74. John 1:11 NKJV 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. http://kingdomnewtestament.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/joseph-baby-jesus-mary-in-a-manger.png
  75. 75. John 8:2 NKJV 2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.
  76. 76. Our text notes that, simply and without fanfare, early the next morning He came again into the temple to teach. http://pauladavispeace.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/jesus-teaching-in-temple.jpg
  77. 77. No angelic herald announced Jesus' arrival, nor did He perform any sensational miracles to draw a crowd.
  78. 78. But such was the power of His teaching that all the people were coming to Him. http://www.sgledhill.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/jesus-teaching.jpg
  79. 79. In His humility, the Lord used no gimmicks to market or promote Himself, but offered His teaching freely to all who would listen.
  80. 80. In typical rabbinical style, He simply sat down somewhere in the temple complex and began to teach the people.
  81. 81. *Throughout Jesus' ministry He exhibited this kind of humility. *This is in stark contrast to His second coming, which will be marked by His exaltation and glory.
  82. 82. When He returns, He will come “with power and great glory” “on the clouds of heaven” and “every eye will see Him”.
  83. 83. http://www.ingodsimage.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/second-coming.jpg
  84. 84. “He will sit on His glorious throne” and He will rule the nations with majesty and power!
  85. 85. http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o291/romanticjewly/JesusAtHisThrone.jpg
  86. 86. John 8:3-4 NKJV 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst,
  87. 87. 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. John 8:3-4 NKJV
  88. 88. *Suddenly, the Lord's teaching was interrupted by scribes and the Pharisees. *The scribes (lawyers) were the experts in interpreting the Law.
  89. 89. After God allowed Babylon to destroy Solomon’s Temple in 586 B.C., the central focus for the Jew shifted from the Temple (sacrifice) to obedience to God’s Law
  90. 90. (Torah), since the Temple no longer existed and sacrifices were impossible. https://plus6.safe-order.net/magellannarfe//Jerusalem/JerusDestr01.jpg
  91. 91. The Hebrews reasoned that since their failure to observe the Law of God was what got them into national disaster, therefore, its remedy would be careful
  92. 92. observance of the Law. And with this shift, the people’s focus and attention changed from being upon the priest (previously performing sacrifices), to the scribe
  93. 93. (the one who best knows God’s commands). So, with this swing in spotlight came the rise of new “experts in the Mosaic Law”.
  94. 94. Scribes: *These were the lawyers whose primary job was to copy the Scriptures. *Their focus became the details or the letter of the law.
  95. 95. Since the scribes were the copyists, they also became the interpreters of the sacred writings because their occupation gave them unusual familiarity with the OT.
  96. 96. They transitioned from mere copyists to teachers of the Scriptures and somewhat took the place of the priest as teacher of the Law.
  97. 97. Their services, both educational and judicial, were rendered freely and without compensation.
  98. 98. The scribes were usually, but not always, Pharisees, who along with the Sadducees, Zealots, and Essenes were one of the four major religious sects in first-century Judaism.
  99. 99. Pharisees: The Pharisees were noted chiefly for their strict adherence to the Mosaic Law and their oral traditions.
  100. 100. They were especially known for insisting that the law of God be observed as the scribes interpreted it.
  101. 101. Though few in number (about 6,000 at the time of Herod the Great according to the firstcentury Jewish historian Josephus), the Pharisees were the dominant
  102. 102. religious influence among the Jewish people. http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.5057711678360133&w=249&h=178&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7
  103. 103. With the exception of Nicodemus, the Pharisees are always hostile to Jesus in John's gospel.
  104. 104. *The name, Pharisee, implies “the separated ones.” *They lived in separate communities, not fellowshipping with sinners.
  105. 105. Whenever the rabbis taught something that sounded good, or profound, they kept it and added it to what they called “the tradition of the elders.”
  106. 106. Many Pharisees believed that these traditions were even as authoritative as the Law.
  107. 107. One popular Pharisee myth is that at the same time God gave the Law to Moses, He gave him another law, an oral law, that wasn’t to be written down, but passed along
  108. 108. from parent to child—and that oral law is what the Pharisees taught. *Obviously that’s foolish, but that’s how highly Pharisees respected their tradition.
  109. 109. So the scribes’ emphasis was on the written law whereas the Pharisees’ focus was on the oral law (tradition).
  110. 110. http://www.mossenjoan.com/any/31any/31any_fariseu.jpg
  111. 111. Bringing with them a woman caught in adultery, the scribes and Pharisees barged into the crowd of people listening to Jesus and set her in the center of the court.
  112. 112. Addressing Him with mock politeness as “Teacher” (or “Rabbi”) they exclaimed, “This woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.”
  113. 113. Why did they only bring the woman if they were caught in the act? So there was an injustice at the very onset, in their own judgments.
  114. 114. John 8:5 NKJV 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”
  115. 115. The last clause is emphatic in the Greek, and could be translated: “What's your opinion on this?”
  116. 116. Jesus Himself upheld the Old Testament condemnation of adultery (Matthew 5:27; 19:18).
  117. 117. In fact, He made the prohibition stronger, condemning not only the physical act, but also the lustful attitude that conceives it (Matt 5:28).
  118. 118. Matthew 5:27-28 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’;
  119. 119. 28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28
  120. 120. If justice was all they sought, why bring the woman to Jesus at all? http://luisgranados.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Cast-first-stone.jpg
  121. 121. *Why not try her in their own courts, where such cases would normally be heard? *Jesus was not a judge (Luke 12:13-14) nor a member of the Sanhedrin.
  122. 122. Luke 12:13-14 13 Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”
  123. 123. 14 But He said to him, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” Luke 12:13-14
  124. 124. In Luke 12 he was referring to His first coming, however in Matthew 25 He is talking about His second coming when He will be the Judge!
  125. 125. Matthew 25:31-46 NKJV 31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
  126. 126. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
  127. 127. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. http://markconner.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ecc070b88330177444f3010970d-320wi
  128. 128. 41 “Then He will say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
  129. 129. 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave 43 I was a Me no drink; stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me,
  130. 130. sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick
  131. 131. or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did
  132. 132. not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:31-46 NKJV
  133. 133. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_TkKZZyzUvio/SFYLuIMdJfI/AAAAAAAAAHE/oDVGFU1eep0/s400/Judgment3.gif
  134. 134. There was no legal difficulty that would necessitate consulting a rabbi in this adultery case; it was an open-and-shut case.
  135. 135. They are right about the Law of Moses; there is no way of toning it down. She should be stoned. They are putting Him on the horns of a dilemma. Will He contradict Moses?
  136. 136. *The scribes and Pharisees did this to trap Him. *They didn't really want to stone the woman. They wanted to stone Him!
  137. 137. If He objected to stoning her, He would be guilty of opposing the Mosaic Law, and thus discredit His claim to be the Messiah.
  138. 138. On the other hand, if He agreed with her accusers that she should be stoned, His reputation for compassion toward sinners would be destroyed.
  139. 139. Further, the Jewish leaders could then report Him to the Romans as having instigated an execution in defiance of Roman authority (John 18:31).
  140. 140. The challenge brought by the scribes and Pharisees also raised a deeper issue—namely, how divine justice and mercy are to be harmonized.
  141. 141. God is holy and His “Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good”. But the Law knows nothing of forgiveness.
  142. 142. It declares, “The soul who sins will die” because “all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law” “for the Law brings about wrath”.
  143. 143. How then does God forgive sinners without violating His holy law? http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qIHIueZonvI/TzP2PSYcWJI/AAAAAAAAE14/QdHx8oMcR5Q/s1600/Jesus+on+the+cross+for+us.jpg
  144. 144. *The answer is, through the Lord Jesus Christ! *His sacrificial death fully satisfied the demands of God's justice; as Paul wrote to the Romans: “For what the Law could not
  145. 145. do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3).
  146. 146. Those who put their faith in Him are “justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; Whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His
  147. 147. blood through faith”, because “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were
  148. 148. healed”. 1 Peter 2:24 http://christcenteredmall.com/stores/art/greene/previews/the-crucifixion.jpg
  149. 149. http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/m503/DCRamsey/Religious%20Messages%20and%20Bible%20Verses/bth_GodsJusticeAndMercyMetAtTheCross.jpeg
  150. 150. Because His sacrificial death paid the penalty for the sins of all who believe in Him, God can “be just and the Justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom 3:26); in Him
  151. 151. “mercy and truth have met together (at the cross); righteousness (justice) and peace have kissed each other” (Psalm 85:10).
  152. 152. God poured out His wrath against sin on Jesus so He can pour out His grace and mercy on those who believe. http://wallpaper4god.com/wallpapers/grace-mercy-peace_5663_1024x768.jpg
  153. 153. Jesus was the lamb “slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev 13:8), not only in the prophetic sense, but also in the sense of application.
  154. 154. http://www.lolsaints.com/sites/lolsaints.com/files/imagecache/main-saint-image/saint-story-images/mary-had-little-lamb-jesus.jpg
  155. 155. https://wordonfire.org/getmedia/44bee6db-cdb4-4f01-b446-51f1a346828d/000000goodfriday2.aspx
  156. 156. http://christtransformation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/finding-jesus-through-faith.jpg
  157. 157. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xIV6fnk6-pE/ToR4M1_Zv1I/AAAAAAAAAGE/3ffrGCu5rZY/s1600/Redeemed+Jesus+Passover+Lamb.png
  158. 158. All through redemptive history, all who were forgiven and given eternal life had the sacrifice of the Son of God applied to their sins.
  159. 159. John 8:6 NKJV 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.
  160. 160. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. John 8:6 NKJV
  161. 161. http://thumbs.imagekind.com/2674160_650/Jesus-Writing-in-the-Sand.jpg?v=1258835040
  162. 162. *The dramatic scene in the temple courtyard had reached its climax. *The woman, her sin publicly exposed, was humiliated, terrified, and about to be stoned.
  163. 163. http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/LRlbXS3oUUg/0.jpg
  164. 164. *The scribes and Pharisees were jubilant, thinking they had caught Jesus in an impossible dilemma. *The crowd was hushed, watching intently to see how Jesus would react.
  165. 165. *But He, for the moment, surprisingly did nothing. *Seemingly oblivious to what was going on, Jesus stoops down and writes as though He doesn't even hear them.
  166. 166. This is the only record that we have of His writing anything. http://poetrybydeborahann.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/jesus-writing-in-the-sand-2-free-photo.jpg
  167. 167. He is the One about Whom more books have been written than about any other person who has ever lived; yet He never wrote anything except this in the sands of the
  168. 168. temple floor, which the wind or the feet of the crowd erased. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a4clFNkeZG8/ThoWtHkxSoI/AAAAAAAABaA/HG_c34OcjEs/s1600/Jesus_Drawing_Cast_First_Stone_.jpg
  169. 169. John 8:7 NKJV 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
  170. 170. When they pressed Him for an answer, Jesus turned the conviction of the prisoner upon the prosecutors.
  171. 171. The scribes and Pharisees were no doubt puzzled by Jesus' silence. http://www.catholica.com.au/gc0/ie3/images/JesusWritesInSand_210x251.jpg
  172. 172. Perhaps they thought He did not know how to reply, so, thinking they finally had impaled Him on the horns of a dilemma, the scribes and Pharisees persisted.
  173. 173. Always the master of the moment, Jesus remained silent, allowing them to reveal unmistakably their hatred and hypocrisy as they insistently pressed their attack.
  174. 174. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KERKtG91MEE/UHLxCMi0CiI/AAAAAAAACac/Xw9V7YMPk6w/s1600/cast+the+first+stone.jpg
  175. 175. At last, He no doubt gave His opponents a piercing glance, http://andybraner.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed0df52883301156fd9d696970b-320wi
  176. 176. straightened up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” The Lord's reply was simple, yet profound.
  177. 177. It upheld the Law, since He did not deny the woman's guilt, and broadened the Law's power by exposing the sins of the accusers.
  178. 178. It also avoided the charge of instigating an execution in violation of Roman authority, since the Lord put the responsibility back on the accusers.
  179. 179. And it mercifully spared the woman from being stoned for her sin.
  180. 180. Jesus knew that according to the Law, the witnesses to a capital offense were to be the first to throw stones at the guilty person (Deuteronomy 13:9; 17:7).
  181. 181. Deuteronomy 13:9 9 But you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
  182. 182. Deuteronomy 17:7 7 The hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.
  183. 183. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9j0Oo06lxwI/TaIIRroCreI/AAAAAAAAHKg/JfcSXLXhJgQ/s1600/adultery.jpg
  184. 184. The woman's accusers were themselves guilty of adultery (if not the physical act, certainly the lust of the heart [Matthew 5:28]).
  185. 185. Jesus' masterful answer neither minimized the woman's guilt, nor denied the Law's sanctity.
  186. 186. But it cut the ground out from under the scribes and Pharisees by revealing that they were unfit to be her judges and executioners.
  187. 187. John 8:8 NKJV 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
  188. 188. http://tamilianponnu.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/cast-first-stone_barned0152r1.jpg?w=450
  189. 189. After making that startling and unexpected statement, He calmly stooped down once more and wrote on the ground, and said nothing.
  190. 190. Arthur Pink suggests that Christ wrote on the ground with His finger twice to remind them of the two tablets of the Law, written with the finger of God.
  191. 191. http://i.ytimg.com/vi/wQUVi6Qt4cI/0.jpg
  192. 192. Because the text does not say what He wrote, some speculate that the Lord was acting out Jer 17:13: “Those who depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have
  193. 193. forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters” (NKJV). http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4760521468479132&pid=1.7
  194. 194. Now, who had forsaken the Lord? This woman? Yes, she had. The religious rulers? Yes, they had too. Their names shall be written in the earth.
  195. 195. Jesus may have been writing in the dust the sins of the very men who were accusing the woman. http://boldlyproclaimingchrist.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/writingindirt.jpg
  196. 196. The normal Greek word for to write is graphein; but here the word used is katagraphein, which can mean to write down a record against someone.
  197. 197. One of the meanings of kata is against. So in Job 13:26 Job says: "Thou writest (katagraphein) bitter things against me."
  198. 198. Jesus may have been linking their names with sins of their past. Perhaps He wrote the name of a woman living in Rome.
  199. 199. One old pious Pharisee had had an affair in Rome when he was a young fellow. His wife didn't know about it; no one in Jerusalem knew about it;
  200. 200. but our Lord knew that old rascal. *As He just wrote the name of the woman, the old Pharisee came over and saw it -- and suddenly remembered
  201. 201. that he had another appointment. http://thechurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Pharisee.jpg
  202. 202. Perhaps one of the scribes made regular trips to Ephesus, a great sinning place, to a certain address over there which Jesus wrote in the sand.
  203. 203. The scribe looked at it and said, "Oh, my gracious!" He left hurriedly. http://www.examiningcalvinism.com/files/Gospels/Pharisees.jpg
  204. 204. Another scribe may have left a girl in Galilee who was pregnant. He didn't marry her, and he didn't think anyone knew.
  205. 205. Our Lord wrote the name of the girl and the scribe's name with it. http://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/pics/content_img.2260.img.jpg
  206. 206. "Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance" (Psalm 90:8). Secret sin on earth is open scandal in Heaven.
  207. 207. Better our sin should shame us than damn us, and be set in order before us for our conviction than for our condemnation.
  208. 208. What Jesus wrote is obviously not essential to the story, however, since it was not recorded; all of these suggestions are only speculation – we simply do not know.
  209. 209. http://s3.goodsalt.com/gallery/abwas0002.jpg
  210. 210. Perhaps His writing on the ground frightened them, as the hand-writing on the wall frightened Belshazzar. http://whatshotn.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/the-handwriting-on-the-wall.jpg
  211. 211. http://mychinaconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/see-the-handwriting-on-the-wall-Rembrandt-Belshazar2.jpg
  212. 212. http://janbtucker.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/mene-mene.jpg
  213. 213. http://wallpaperscristaos.com.br/christianwallpapers/wpcontent/uploads/2013/04/facebook-cover-mene-mene-tekel-parsin-fingerskingdom-divided-christian-wallpaperhd_850x315.png
  214. 214. http://mamasemptynest.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/scale1.jpg
  215. 215. http://hookedonthebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/DanielHandwritingWall1a.jpg
  216. 216. *They concluded He was writing bitter things against them, writing their doom. *Happy they who have no reason to be afraid of Christ's writing!
  217. 217. John 8:9 NKJV 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last.
  218. 218. Conscience is God's deputy in the soul, and one word from Him will set it to work as in Hebrews 4:12:
  219. 219. Hebrews 4:12 KJV 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing
  220. 220. asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 KJV
  221. 221. It is folly for those that are under convictions to contrive how to shift off their convictions, and to get rid of them.
  222. 222. The scribes and Pharisees had the wound opened, and now they should have been desirous to have it searched, and then it might have been healed, but this was the thing they
  223. 223. dreaded and declined. It is folly for those that are under convictions to get away from Jesus Christ, as these here did, for He is the only One that can heal the wounds of conscience,
  224. 224. and speak peace to us. http://www.thechoicedrivenlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Jesus-Came-To-Speak-To-Us.jpg
  225. 225. Those that are convicted by their consciences will be condemned by their Judge, if they be not justified by their Redeemer; and will they then go from Him?
  226. 226. To whom will they go? http://media-cache-cd0.pinimg.com/736x/be/2b/cb/be2bcb48f6a0dfeecb125202710cc753.jpg
  227. 227. Jesus gives the requirements for being a judge, which is something for all of us to hear.
  228. 228. We have the right to be the judge of others provided we meet the requirement. That requirement is sinlessness.
  229. 229. That takes me out of the stone-throwing business. http://travelingundergrace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/iStock_000005140987XSmall1.jpg
  230. 230. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. John 8:9 NKJV
  231. 231. http://i1.cpcache.com/product/161287186/go_and_sin_no_more_tile_coaster.jpg?height=460&width=460&qv=90
  232. 232. So there was not a person left there who could throw a stone at her except One. Only Jesus could have thrown the stone at her.
  233. 233. All the others had slinked away. What hypocrites they were!
  234. 234. John 8:10-11 NKJV
  235. 235. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
  236. 236. 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11 NKJV
  237. 237. http://hamfast.bryce-alive.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/WhereAreYourAccusers_1080-203x203.jpg
  238. 238. For the first time, Someone addressed the woman.
  239. 239. http://freshalmighty.com/product_images/b/707/your-faith-has-healed-you-go-and-sin-no-more-632.jpg
  240. 240. She did not seek to make her escape, though she had opportunity for it; but her prosecutors had appealed unto Jesus, and to Him she would go, on Him she would wait for her doom.
  241. 241. Note; Those whose cause is brought before our Lord Jesus will never have occasion to remove it into any other court, for He is the refuge of penitents.
  242. 242. http://christtransformation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/finding-jesus-through-faith.jpg
  243. 243. The woman, it is likely, stood trembling at the bar, as one doubtful of the issue. http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/LRlbXS3oUUg/0.jpg
  244. 244. Christ was without sin, and might cast the first stone; http://gallery.photo.net/photo/11694730-md.jpg
  245. 245. but though none more severe than He against sin, for He is infinitely just and holy, none more compassionate than He to sinners, for He is infinitely gracious and merciful,
  246. 246. and this poor sinner finds Him so, now that she stands upon her deliverance.
  247. 247. First; The prosecutors are called: Where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?
  248. 248. Not but that Christ knew where they were; but He asked, that He might shame them, who declined His judgment, and encourage her who resolved to abide by it.
  249. 249. The Apostle Paul's challenge is like this; Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? Where are those their accusers?
  250. 250. The accuser of the brethren shall be cast out, and all indictments legally and regularly quashed.
  251. 251. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cQSYwt4OEZg/TrpMhjZLR3I/AAAAAAAAE0w/4fwq5Oa_tEA/s1600/satan-accuser-rev-12_10.jpg
  252. 252. Secondly; They do not appear when the question is asked: Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord.
  253. 253. She speaks respectfully to Christ, calls Him Lord, but is silent concerning her prosecutors, says nothing in answer to that question which concerned them, Where are those thine accusers?
  254. 254. She does not triumph in their retreat nor insult over them as witnesses against themselves, not against her.
  255. 255. If we hope to be forgiven by our Judge, we must forgive our accusers; and if their accusations, how invidious so ever, were the happy occasion of awakening our
  256. 256. consciences, we may easily forgive them this wrong. But she answered the question which concerned herself, Has no man condemned thee?
  257. 257. True penitents find it enough to give an account of themselves to God, and will not undertake to give an account of other people.
  258. 258. So here's a woman caught in the act of a capital sin according to the Mosaic Law, but Jesus is saying to her, "I don't condemn you."
  259. 259. Because He didn't come to condemn, He came to save. And there He demonstrated His glorious ministry: seeking and saving that which was lost.
  260. 260. She didn't need to be condemned, she needed to be saved. We don't need to be condemned, we need to be saved!
  261. 261. And Jesus did not condemn the sinner. To this woman He said, "Neither do I condemn you. Just go and sin no more."
  262. 262. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KmFCd3westY/Tqd8mvBoQAI/AAAAAAAAAq8/-VHOD_kD89g/s1600/no-condemnation-1.jpg
  263. 263. This woman was guilty of sin, and according to the Law of Moses an adulteress was to be put to death. Is Jesus reversing the Mosaic system? No.
  264. 264. He is placing His Cross between that woman and her sin. This One Who is the Son of the virgin, Who Himself was under a cloud all of His life, is
  265. 265. going to the Cross to pay the penalty for even the sin of this woman. He did not come into the world to condemn the world.
  266. 266. He did not come to judge this woman. He came into the world the first time to be a Savior!
  267. 267. This account paints a marvelous picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose gracious humility, infinite wisdom, convicting speech, and tender forgiveness are its central themes.
  268. 268. http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/306/c/d/go_and_sin_no_more__by_abcjen-d320glo.jpg
  269. 269. http://www.whatwomenshouldknow.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Go-and-Sin-No-More.jpg
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