Compassion For A Sinner

Eyewitness: p. 133
Eyewitness Stories: John 8: 1-11
NIV: John 8: 3-5
The Message: John 8: 6

In the account of the woman caught in adultery, we see the craftiness of the Pharisees and teachers of the Law. They tried to trick Jesus into a position against Mosaic Law. Instead, Jesus points them to their own sin and challenged the woman to change her ways. Truly, Jesus’ shows compassion for a sinner.

The Law was Clear

The teachers of the law and the Pharisees . . .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?” (John 8: 3-5 NIV).

Writes with His Finger

Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him (John 8:6 The Message). Much has been preached on when Jesus stoops down and writes on the ground with his finger. Today we may still wonder what he wrote.

Bible scholars * give insight here:
* Jesus bent down, to avoid seeing the lustful eyes of the accusers
* Later manuscripts (Armenian New Testament Translators) suggest that Jesus writes the sins of the men accusing her

How Did Jesus Treat The Woman

Jesus’ approach to this woman involved much more than what we see on the surface.

Again Bible Scholars * help here:

  • He gave her a chance to redeem herself
  • Jesus showed the power of forgiveness
  • He confronted her with a challenge to lead a sinless life

Jesus shows compassion for a sinner.

Prayer: Father, thank you for showing me your life-giving compassion even when I am guilty and know it.

Questions: What goes through your mind when you read this woman was caught in the act of adultery? Does your thought process immediately convict her? How is Jesus’ compassion for this woman different?

The Daily Study Bible, The Gospel of John, Volume 2, William Barclay, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1956, pp. 2-10.

Scriptures from: BibleGateway,com, John 8:1-11.

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