Today in one of my bible readings I read John 7:53-8:11. This is the story of Jesus and the women that was caught in adultery.
This women was brought to Jesus by the Pharisees, we might think of them as hypocrites. They wanted to test Jesus, he knew this and rose above it by writing in the dirt and asking who is without sin to cast the first stone. He wrote twice in the dirt who knows what was written but when the Pharisees read it and then where asked who is without sin to cast the first stone they could do nothing but walk away leaving only the women on the ground and Jesus.
I have for years read and loved this story, I feel the love and compassion coming alive from the pages but today something more came to me. I read and reread this because in the passages it says a few things I never got before .
First it says Jesus straightened up and asked the women where are you accusers? At first glance you are probably thinking big deal but the fact that Jesus straightened up meaning he was on the women’s level. Yes he was at her level but then he stood up not a judgmental stance but to show this women she too could stand tall.
Second He asked her a question then waited for her answer. He gave her respect by asking then waiting for a reply. Then after showing her respect he wanted her to see for herself that those that brought her to him were gone and he did not condemned her so why stay on the ground but stand tall don’t do it again. Walk away holding her head high know she was loved and should live that way.
I thought how many times I forget to open my eyes, I stay on the ground beating myself up for the things I have done or I turn into a Pharisee. I forget to stand up then walk away living loved. I forget to live not condemned but to live loved and forgiven. I don’t need to treat myself or others condemned but loved.
I wrote the last bit of this story down to post it up so I remember daily.
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? She said no, sir and Jesus said neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do no sin again.”