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A Daily Devotion for Monday, July 31

John 8:3-11


The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" They we're 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. 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." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 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. Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" "No one, sir," she said.

""Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."


This well known episode in the book of John seems to have less to do with gender, and more to do with fairness and honest self-reflection. Those who brought the woman before Jesus were sure they would be able to lure Jesus into condoning violent punishment for this woman's sin, and it would be right in front of a group of his followers! The woman was not denying her sin, but those who brought her were ready and willing to judge her. Jesus points out it is not their job to judge, as they know they are themselves sinners. He succeeds in that each and every one of them walks away, admitting they are themselves sinners. When I am critical and judgmental, may I be reminded of this story, but more importantly, reminded of my own sins. Lord, forgive me for my judgmental nature. Amen


Becky, transforming

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Janet L. Thompson
Janet L. Thompson
Jul 31, 2023

John 8:3-11 This story to me I hear judge not and you will not be judged I hear who are we to condemn but the beautiful part of it all is that Jesus is making us aware of our sins and sins of others and that we and they are and can be forgiven


Dear Lord, thank you for this story help me not to judge and help to understand and accept we are forgiven. Amen

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
Jul 31, 2023

Monday, July 31st, 2023

John 8:3-11

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” ... Again he stooped down…

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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
Jul 31, 2023

John 8:3-11


Because I have always had a problem understanding these verses, I did some research and found there are questions about this story. Apparently it does not appear in the most ancient of Greek manuscripts and in others appears in a different place. Given that information, I wonder what John was thinking at the time. Some strange things take place that seem odd to me. Jesus writing in the sand. If the Pharisees were going by the law as they said, the man should also have been brought forward not just the woman. I also question the Holier Than Thou Pharisees leaving, therefore, admitting their own sins. On the other hand, there is a great lesson about judge…


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