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.”
There has been many protests over the past year when a black man has been fatally shot dead by a white police officer. Some of these protests become violent when the white police officer is acquitted of all charges. The people were looking for judgment and a penalty to be imposed on the police officer. We live in a society with laws similar to how God setup Moses with the commandments. God gave laws and if you break it, you should be punished.
These teachers of the Law and the Pharisees presented a woman caught in adultery to Jesus. They know what the Mosaic Law teaches, but wanted to trap Jesus. Instead of a yes or no answer about what should happen to the woman, Jesus redirects the issue to who has the authority and the reason to stone the woman. They could have ignored Jesus and stoned her as she deserves because of the Law. However, Jesus threw them a curve and introduced the concept of grace. They are guilty of other sins and their conscience would have bothered them if they killed that woman because of her sin. Satan is protesting as he wants us all to feel guilty of sin and that we all deserve to be punished. This is where I am grateful that God doesn’t condemn me and wants me to leave my life of sin.