Today’s Text: John 8:1-11
The scribes and Pharisee attempt to trap Jesus by making him pass judgment on a woman who was caught committing adultery. This event contains two well known quotes from Jesus regarding judgment and sin: He says to the accusers “he who is without sin may cast the first stone”, and the accusers all leave. Jesus then says to the woman, “neither do I condemn you go and sin no more”.
What do you make of the way Jesus hardly acknowledges the scribes and Pharisees, at first not even looking at them or responding (until they keep asking Him)? Rather than respond the text says He was looking down and writing on the ground.
Adultery is a serious sin and the law did indeed say those committing adultery should be put to death. Did Jesus fail to uphold the law? Was He “light” on the sin of adultery?