"I Do Not Condemn You..."
“I Do Not Condemn You…”
Jesus has had a woman thrown at His feet…likely literally.
The religious rulers are seeking to setup Jesus.
We have seen what they have done.
We have seen His initial response…He stooped and wrote in the sand.
Pay close attention to the rest of the story.
Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them.
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court,
they *said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.
“Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?”
They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.
But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.
Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
Jesus told the religious rulers that the one without sin should throw the first stone.
They were dumbfounded.
They were silenced.
Jesus returned to a stooping position, writing on the ground.
The rulers began to depart…one by one…beginning with the older ones.
Beginning with the wiser/experienced ones.
Jesus then straightened up.
He then looked at the woman and asked where the accusers were.
Was there anyone to accuse her?
She replied “no one”.
I do not condemn you.
Sin no more.
Jesus did not deny the Law.
The religious rulers were correct in the Law and its interpretation and application.
They were misusing the Law to their agenda.
Jesus did not condone sin.
He told the woman to sin no more.
What do we see here?
May we live likewise…