The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. – John 8:3-6 ESV
Jesus seeks a personal relationship with us. He WALKS with us, HE WANTS INTIMACY; ‘into- me- see’, see into me! He knows us, our thoughts, our past, our future, our fears, our doubts- Jesus knows our hearts; I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. (John 10:14, see Jeremiah 1:5) These men, who hated Jesus, and hated sinners, and loved themselves and their RELIGIOUS position in society- thought they would trap our Jesus by using His compassion and wisdom against Him. “The Law says we must stone her to death- What do you say?” And what did Jesus do, He wrote something on the ground-twice. And the event dissipated. It went from a MOB RULE, to each person walking away in shame and self-embarrassment. We are not privy to what He wrote, but we are privy to the impact of what He wrote. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before Him. (v9)
Leader, the Bible is a ‘need to know’ book. God put in the Bible, what we need to know- but there is much that is not stated in the Bible- some of which we can learn from other sources- like historical books like Josephus, and from other non-cannon writings like the Apocrypha. However, somethings we might never know, or only know when we are in the presence of Jesus. What if what Jesus did at the well, was similar to what happened at Pentecost? Acts 2: When the day of Pentecost came, the believers were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a mighty rushing wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. And when this sound rang out, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking his own language. How about: Jesus wrote in the sand the sins of those present? What if each person saw their own sin, saw their own failings, saw their own UGLINESS, written out by Jesus- one by one they all ‘slumped’ away! He who is without SIN, CAST THE FIRST STONE!
Conduit, our sin is between us and God. Jesus paid the price for all sin, for whoever seeks forgiveness from the Son of God will find it: see Numbers 32:23. We cannot hide from our sin, it will find us, and God knows everything we have EVER DONE, and HE KNOWS, everything you have yet to do! He knows your date of birth and he knows the date of your conversion! Our sin is between us and God. WE need to let others sin be between them and God. Let God be the judge, let God, through the Holy Spirit Convict, Condemn or Clear. We are told not to judge; we are to have discernment. In other words; we differentiate between right and wrong- by God’s standards- BUT we don’t decide who is God’s child, and who is just a creature of God- that’s God’s right and God’s job. Each person’s sin is between them and God, for we all have a personal savior. HOWEVER, when we attempt to make what God says is sin- ok, we have now crossed into ‘abomination’ territory. Just like we have no right to judge who is God’s and who is not, we also have no right to take what the Bible says is SIN and make it normal and ok. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We are called to forgive, lest ye be forgiven. If we don’t forgive others, and quit judging WHO IS Gods and who is not- God might some day look at us and say: I never knew you, begone you worker of inequity. What does Jesus say about this? Read Matthew 18:21-35 – Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor.