The Women in Christ's Life: The Woman with No Stone Cast
- Wednesday, October 25, 2006
My mother is only one example of a woman who has impacted my life as a result of her relationship with Christ. Over the next several months in this series, I want to share with you about some of the other women who have impacted my life solely because of their relationship with Jesus. I believe as I share that you, too, will connect with them and discover for yourself how God has always had a plan for you, is working it out in your life and will never leave you.
The Woman With No Stone Cast
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."
— John 8:1-11
"If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." The imagery is incredible. Imagine it's early in the morning, the smell of dew is in the air, the birds are chirping and our Lord Jesus Christ is sitting, talking and teaching those who wanted to listen. All of a sudden there's a disruption, a noise. A bunch of men interrupt what would have been a peaceful time. They bring a woman with them who they had found to be committing adultery. They come to Jesus, with a stones in their hands, ready to throw them at this woman for her sin. They make this woman stand in front of all these people while her sin is announced out loud.
Who was this woman? Had she been a local prostitute? Perhaps she was married and her husband left her alone? Perhaps she had being abused? Maybe she was single and had fallen prey to the affections of married men who were providing for her? Maybe she was a sinful woman who preyed on married men? To be honest, I don't know. Based on Scripture, she was more than likely a married woman who was committing adultery. But had she committed such a great sin to be brought in front of everyone? Had she done something worse than anyone else? Did she deserve this kind of treatment? Do we for our sins?
Jesus stopped and turned to hear these men say that in Moses's law that this kind of sin was punishable by stoning. They asked Jesus what should they do, hoping to catch him in a trap. But Jesus did something they weren't expecting. As these men kept questioning Jesus as to what to do, Jesus bent down and wrote something in the sand. Then he stood back up only to say, "If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."
Can you imagine the looks on people's faces? What? What did he say? That is what I would have asked? Hey Jesus, this isn't about my sin, this is about her sin? Look at her, at what she has done. Justice is mine! Jesus bent down again and wrote something else in the sand. This time, each man, from the oldest to the youngest walked away. What do you think these men had started to think about? Can you imagine their faces? From anger and ridicule to embarrassment and shame. Here they had come to Jesus to not only catch Jesus in error, but also to have this woman stoned.
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