Stone Her!

John   •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  46:22
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The Setting

V 53 the end of the day
V 1 Jesus is homeless in the fall, cold, slept on the ground
Communed with His Father
He was in the enemy's stronghold
V 2 He has come back to the temple, and people came for more teaching
V 3 a woman is brought, caught in adultery
V 4 taken in the very act
the law in the time of Jesus says that there has to be two witnesses observing the act, both statements have to be exactly the same
so there has to be at least 3 men involved the man, and two witnesses observing
so we can see the evil intent of these men
how desperate they are to trap Jesus

The Problem

V 5 The Law commands us
The are posing to Jesus a very serious dilema
What do you say that ought to happen to this woman
the law says stone her
matters that are at stake
Life of the woman
Here is someone who is going to be put to death to prove a point
How can Jesus show love to a condemned criminal
How can God condemn and love at the same time
The reputation and teaching of Jesus as the friend of sinners
All you are weary and burdened come to me and find rest
If Jesus would have said, do what the law requiers then who would ever come to Jesus again
What the Law of Moses requires
requires a stoning
The Law cannot be bent to the situation
If Jesus said because I love you you may go free. He would be violating the Law
What do the Romans have to say about capital punishment
Rome would not allow a captive nation to put someone to death
all capital punishments have to go through the ruling authorities
Jesus had to be brought to Pilate for sentencing
If Jesus said stone her he would be in trouble with Rome
It was seen by the scribes and Pharisees as a slam dunk

Writing In The Dust

V 5-9
the first time he bent down what was He doing?
Praying Maybe?
What did he write?
I don’t know
The other time God Himself wrote something
The 10 Commandments
Daniel 5:25–28 AV
And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
May be Jesus after he said those without sin may cast the first stone
stooped and wrote on the ground
You are weighed in the balances and found wanting
the conviction of the heart upon which the Holy Spirit gives. no one can resist


V 10-11
Where are your condemners?
where are the witnesses?
Where are the men who want to use you?
There in the law says that there has to be 2 witnesses to condemn someone
they are no longer there.
Jesus by saying I do not condemn you, is saying You are forgiven
How can Jesus do that? the law has to be satisfied.
Because of what Jesus is going to do on the Cross
God cannot forgive without a penalty
wages of sin is death
Because God is love He has provided a way, through the death of Jesus
The perfect Substitute we know He was because The Father raised Him from the dead
This woman became a believer.
the crowd watched, the religious rulers went away in their shame.
I think this woman may have been in the upper room at Pentecost
Or one of the initial 3000 saved at Pentecost

The Attitudes

The men
Did not see her as a person
Sometimes Dr.,Nurses see the illness not the person
something to be used for purposes of getting at Jesus
Did not care whether she lived or died
used her and the law for personal gain
not compassionate, unloving, selfish, hateful

Second, the attitude of the Lord Jesus was characterized by compassion. This was linked to his understanding. Jesus knew the woman intuitively. He knew her sin and shame. He knew her potential. Because he knew her, he loved her. It was always thus with Jesus. He saw people as sheep without a shepherd, as sinners without a Savior; from that understanding came compassion.

did not Judge by appearances
knew the person not the sin
knew the background of the person
knew the person is a child of satan
Are we more like the men or Jesus?
do we look at people with cynicism?
do we look at people for their potential?
do we see people as people or labels?
How would we look at the the woman?
If you are like the men in any way there needs to be confession
and prayer that we are made more like Jesus
That God will help us see others like He sees them
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