The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery; and having set her in the midst, they say to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman has been taken in adultery, in the very act”.
Now in the law Moses commanded stoning: “What then say You of her?” And this they said, testing Him, that they might have something to accuse Him.
But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said to them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again He stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground. And they, when they heard it, went out one by one, beginning from the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst. And Jesus stood up, and said unto her, Woman, where are they? Did no man condemn you? And she said, No man, Lord.
And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn you: go your way; from now on, sin no more.
Jesus risked usurping the office of the magistrate, if he condemned this woman; or an enemy of the law, if he condoned what she had done. I believe Jesus did not react immediately to the scribes and Pharisees because He knew their hearts; He knew they were there to test Him. He was giving them time to calm down, get ready to hear His answer to their accusations toward the women……a lesson to us that we should take a moment; or a pause, before we accuse! Christ did not come to accuse; He came to save: not the righteous, but the sinner!
He that is without sin – He that is not guilty: his own conscience being the judge: either of the same sin, or of some sin nearly resembling it; let him – as a witness, cast the first stone at her.—Wesley’s Commentary
I do believe the eldest to the youngest left first and did not condemn because the older we are the more we walk in sin; the more sinful we are as we carry more and more with us: if we do not have Jesus. Once He takes our sin from us, just like the adulterous woman; then He ask that we SIN NO MORE! Did that mean we would never sin again! NO! We are born in sin and we will die in sin….but if we have faith in Jesus, faith that He took our sin, then once we turn that sin over to Him, lay it on the cross, then don’t turn around and continue in that sin. The adulterous woman was told to go and do not keep doing what you were doing….that sin that brought her to Christ’s feet! Move on and SIN NO MORE THE SAME SIN!
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