Week of October 26: John 8:11 (The Woman Caught in Adultery)
Since adultery was a violation by both parties, why didn’t the accusers also bring the man caught in the act?
Why do you think Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground?
Why did the accusers slip away?
What do you imagine the tone of Jesus’ voice was when he said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin?”
How could the way Jesus related to this woman help you face the things you struggle with?
1Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives,2but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.3As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.4“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery.5The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”6They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.7They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”8Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.9When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.10Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”11“No, Lord,” she said.And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”