Early Morning Students Who is this? No one ever spoke like this man!
Religious Leaders Who does He think He is?We will examine Him and His claims.
An Adulterous Woman She was caught in the act of adultery. What should we do?
Time OUTDid anyone elsesee that margin note? What do thosebrackets mean?
Does this story belong here?• Textual criticism and evaluation – It is not in the oldest MSS – It is full of variants – It is placed differently in gospel texts – It follows a pattern established in John – It follows a pattern of Jesus
Tricky Arguments This is what the Law says. She is guilty. This is another trap!
Gracious Response• He writes on the ground• He confronts the leaders regarding their sin• He writes on the ground• He confronts the woman regarding her sin
Does this story belong here?• The dangers of this story – How will justice and mercy be harmonized? – Won’t this kind of “blanket forgiveness” lead to looseness? – Are we supposed to judge sin or not?
What does this story teach us?• Call people to repentance with the same kindness, forbearance and patience that God shows (Rom 2:4)• Examine your own life for facades of righteousness (Rom 2:21, 22)• Enjoy the “condemnation-free” life by not sinning more (Rom 8:1, 6:1-2)