This story is incredible! The more I read it, the more I learn from it.
I am particularly struck by the example Jesus set for everyone involved in this particular scene. He humbled the religious elite who thought they were doing good by shaming this woman. I wonder how many of them went home and reflected on this encounter. Even this was an opportunity for them to repent and turn to him.
Jesus showed grace to a woman who might have avoided God’s voice for weeks, months, or years before this. And he made it clear that he didn’t condemn her—something she probably would need to remind herself of over and over again as shame and guilt raised their voices.
All the characters in this story needed the forgiveness that Jesus was extending. Today, I pray that my heart is like this woman’s, though it’s so easy for me to be like the judgmental crowd. I pray that I would be tender enough to recognize my own sin and accept the forgiveness Jesus willingly provides.
What stands out to you in this story?
Do you relate more to the crowd or the woman? Why do you think that is?
This is a very famous Bible story. And, even though I’m sure many of us have heard it before, I believe we can still derive something new from it. While studying for this post, I realized that when I read these verses, I tend to focus on everyone but the woman at the center of the story. I look at the Pharisees and mourn how my heart can so often look like theirs. I focus on Jesus, who gives overwhelming kindness and unmerited grace to those in need. But usually, though she’s at the center of this incident, my focus is not on this precious woman who was the recipient of Jesus’s incredible mercy.
“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the groupand said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of…
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