Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Go, and Sin No More



Let us imagine a crowd of people in the town square.  They are listening attentively to a man who is sitting on the ground with them.   He is referred to as "Master". 

Suddenly there is a disturbance outside of this intimate circle.  Attention is now turned toward a woman being dragged by a gang of men, and thrown down in front of Him.

Their charge is adultery.  The punishment is death by stoning.

These men determine her fate in the name of the Holy Law.  They want to challenge the young Master about this law because they know the patience He has for sinful men and women.

What would He say of this woman?
 
The accusers and the accused stand waiting for His reply.
He traces words in the ground, writing with His finger, ignoring them.

They continue to harass Him. He straightens up and allows His authority to fly back at them.  Go ahead and execute her.  If none of you has ever sinned, then be the first to pick up a stone...

Again He bends down and writes in the ground.
Soon the older men begin to leave; the remaining follow.

When the Master rises from the ground, only the adulteress is before Him.  What does He say to her? "You prostitute! You are condemned to death eternally! Now get out of my sight, you disgust me!"

Is that what He tells her?
 
John 8:3-11
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto Him, "Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?"
6 This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up himself, and said unto them, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
8 And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, "Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?"
11 She said, "No man, Lord."
And Jesus said unto her,
"Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."






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