August 10: Adulterous Woman – John 8:1-11
This summer, we are looking to the women of the Bible for encouragement, advice, and examples of living life full with God. In July and August, we’re reading the stories of Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Miriam, Zipporah, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Proverbs 31 woman, Gomer, Elizabeth, all the Marys, Martha, woman at the well, bleeding woman, adulterous woman, Canaanite woman, Lydia, Eunice, Priscilla, and the Titus 2 woman. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
Adulterous Woman – John 8:1-11
but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 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. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 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. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Response to Sin | Becky Newman
John 8:7b, 10b-11
John 3:17 says: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” In the midst of sinful humans trying to trap Jesus in the law, Jesus responds slowly in love, grace, mercy, and conviction to both the crowd and the adulterous woman. Jesus is the only one there without sin, and the only one who doesn’t deserve death for his sins, but He did not come to condemn. He sacrificed Himself for all of us sinners in the same boat so that the just punishment could be taken.
If the only person in the whole world without sin did not come to condemn, then in no way, shape, or form should I ever condemn, no matter the sin. These verses give a picture of how we should act in a sinful world. We’re all in the same boat, all sinners, but I have a tendency to rank us in sin order, in other words, to judge. Instead, my response to sin should be like Jesus, slow and controlled to respond so it’s from Godly wisdom and not my feelings, and on even playing ground giving grace and mercy, not up on a pedestal. Jesus is not accepting of our sins here. He convicts with Truth but on a personal level of heart change between me and Him. Jesus’ message is not to stay stuck in sin but to actively go and get away from it, though staying humbled in need of a Savior throughout the journey.
Lord, thank You for the reminders in these verses. I shared these verses with a friend a couple years ago for a message of hope and grace and no condemnation and then watched her wrestle and wrestle with it until she took her life. Please bless the family she left behind, and help me, Lord, with my words in situations like this, that my words would breathe Jesus and life, that I would not convey condemnation or acceptance but love, grace, and mercy.
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