“She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.” John 8:11
Our woman of the Bible for today is the woman caught in adultery.
This story involves a woman caught in adultery and the Pharisees have brought her to Jesus to see what He says about it. It’s more about Him than her, which is also interesting in that she didn’t commit adultery alone, where’s the man? They tell Jesus that Moses says in the law that she should be stoned. They are referring to Deuteronomy 22:22, which actually states that BOTH the man and the woman are to be stoned. So why just bring the woman to Jesus?
The Jewish faith and the culture of that time was very male oriented. Most women were little more than a possession and men could do what they wanted to with them. It could be that the man she was involved with was a Pharisee. The text says she was caught in the very act of adultery, so they knew who the man was, or at least the man who brought her did. To Jesus the woman was a sinner, the same as all the men who stood around condemning her, and that’s what he told them.
When we catch ourselves looking down on someone for something they did or are doing, we need to be careful with our stones. We need to use Jesus’ gauge, let he or she who is without sin cast the first stone. After hearing what He said all the men left. Then Jesus told the woman He didn’t condemn her, but He also told her to go and sin no more.
Jesus gives us a great example of love to follow, but never forget He also tells us to sin no more.