John Lesson 12 Day 2 ~ John 8:1-11
3- Love in action
Compassionate—The woman wasn’t without sin, but the Pharisees were using her to entrap Jesus. Obviously, if they caught her in the act of adultery, a man was involved. Where was he now? One scholar suggests the possibility that this incident was part of an evil plan. Perhaps the woman was a prostitute and the man, a Pharisee, was now one of her accusers.
Discerning—Even in his human form, Jesus could read minds and hearts. He knew what the Pharisees were up to. He could have pointed out the guilty man. Maybe he was the first one to let his stone drop to the ground.
Forgiving—Jesus demonstrated forgiveness.
Merciful—Jesus didn’t approve of her sin or condemn her. He spared her life.
Shrewd—Jesus outwitted the Pharisees. He demonstrated the instruction he gave to his disciples—”Look, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16 NLT
Jesus didn’t focus on the woman’s sin. He focused on the religious leaders’ depravity. This wasn’t about the woman at all. It was about entrapping Jesus.
4- Gently and humbly help them get back on the right path.
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. (NLT)
I find several points in this passage convicting. I can’t think of anyone I’ve helped back on the right path. When I notice or find out about sin in someone’s life, I don’t mention it. It feels too awkward. I don’t know what to say.
When friends confess sin to me, I just listen. In shock, usually. Sometimes I might start avoiding them, I’m sad to say. But I do keep their secrets. And years later, it still feels like a burden. I’m not sure that’s what the verse means by “share each other’s burdens.”
Random thought—Is gossip the modern church’s method for stoning people?
5- Lessons from this story
Love and restore sinners instead of throwing rocks at them.
Be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.
The foolishness of God is wiser than the best wisdom of man (1 Corinthians 1:25).
The statement made by this woman’s accusers in John 8:4 that she was taken in the very act of adultery makes it clear that the man who was involved in this could also have been apprehended. He was not brought before Jesus for judgment, because the scribes and Pharisees were not seeking justice. They were trying to trap Jesus in front of the multitude. A woman would evoke more sympathy from the crowd than a man would and therefore would suit their purposes better. Andrew Wommack
Jesus said, “I did not come to call the [self-proclaimed] righteous [who see no need to repent], but sinners to repentance [to change their old way of thinking, to turn from sin and to seek God and His righteousness].” Luke 5:32 AMP
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