Read John 8:1-11
If you have not read the summary, please do so here.
In this portion of Scripture, we get a glimpse of mankind's selective obedience. We see a group of men who bring a woman caught in adultery to Jesus for her correction. And to challenge Him - because of his "new" doctrines, no doubt. These same men, however, forgot a few details in the law they were trying to uphold.
When comparing the Old Testament and the New Testament for related themes or laws, it is important to remember that the Old Testament deals with the physical implications of sin, while the New Testament deals with the spiritual. (Physical death vs Spiritual death, is one example.)
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
With this is mind, read the following Scriptures, and then answer the questions below.
Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:20; Deuteronomy 22:22-24; Matthew 5:27-28
1) What was the law, and to which parties is it referring?
2) Which parties are to receive the punishment?
3) How did Jesus define adultery?
Combine John 8:1-11 with the Scriptures above and make it personal.
1) Why do you think the men only brought the woman?
2) Do you think these men may have committed adultery?
3) What actions might you take that reveal your own judgmental attitude?
It is much easier to point out the sin of others, than to consider our own sin. We must remember what Jesus said:
"Hypocrite! First remove the plank in your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
It is not that we are supposed to overlook sin and tell other believers that all is well when they are in sin, it is the attitude in which we do it that Jesus is concerned with.
SIN NO MORE
Several years back someone quoted the first half of Jesus' statement, which was - Neither do I condemn you. She used it as a statement to say that Jesus always forgives no matter what we do and as long as we believe in him, we will go to heaven. I paused a moment and then filled her in on the rest of his statement. This is an example of selective memory. As Christians, we must remember all of Scripture, not just the parts that make us feel good. (Trust me, I have been on the receiving end of correction; more times than I would like to admit.)
True repentance and acknowledgment of forgiveness should be evident by leaving our old lifestyle behind.
Read the following Scriptures, and then answer the questions below.
Colossians 3:1-8; Galatians 5:16-18
1) What is the message?
2) How does your lifestyle rate in comparison to how every professing believer should be living?
In the first chapter of John, we learned the foundation for living and modeling Jesus and the Christian life.
"And of His fullness we have all received, grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." John 1:16-17
Jesus responded to this woman with grace, followed by truth. We must do the same.
Please share your thoughts with us.
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