John 7:53–8:11 (ESV)
The Woman Caught in Adultery
8 53 [[They
went each to his own house, 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery,
and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 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. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more
he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 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. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one
condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]
This is a very well known story that is found
in only one of the four Gospels, John. Without John’s account, it would be virtually unheard. Now, we believe that it is not part of the original Gospel text of John. Scholars believe that it is based on a true story, but that this
story is not part of the Bible.
A woman was caught in the act of adultery and the scribes and the Pharisees brought the woman to stone her. Now, I thought it takes two to commit adultery.
Where is the man??? The scribes and Pharisees are talking about:
Leviticus 20:10 (ESV) 10 “If a man commits adultery with the wife
of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
Deuteronomy 22:22 (ESV) 22 “If a man is found lying
with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel.
They were trying to trap Jesus. He knew it. Jesus asks
them the infamous question: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” The men end up walking away. Jesus does not say “I forgive you,” but his actions show it. He basically is
telling her to repent and go and sin no more. The woman who was obviously guilty walks away. Again, where is the man? It appears both have been set free.
Such a great story to have not been
part of the Bible, but again remember... most believe that this is a true story and this story is even mentioned in outside biblical text.
I pray: O Lord, I stand guilty before you and repent of my sins.
I want to do better. I will go and try to sin no more. Thank you for your forgiveness. Amen.