The scribes and the Pharisees bring this woman to Jesus.   She had been taken in adultery.  They wanted to be sure the charge would not be considered hear-say, so they told the Lord they had caught her in the very act.  They reminded Jesus that Moses had said she should be stoned, “But what do you say about her?”   Now they did not bring this woman to Jesus to uphold the law of Moses, they brought her to trick Jesus.


They thought this question put Jesus in an awkward position. If He said, “Stone her”, He would be in trouble with the Romans for taking the law into His own hands.  If He said, “Let her go”, he would be in trouble with the Jews for going against Moses.


Lets make some observations: 




Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.  He seems to ignore the charge made against the woman and also the arrogance and self righteousness of the Pharisees.  He may seem to ignore a great many of the injustices today.  He seems to ignore hurricanes, same-sex marriages; is He also ignoring the millions of babies slain by abortion?  He seems to ignore the drug traffic, the burning of church buildings in many parts of the world, the sexual abuse of children, the removal of prayer from the school system, and a thousand other travesties, but the day will come when He will rise up in judgment. He will not ignore the transgressions of sinners forever.


So when they continued asking, “What do you say about her?”   Jesus stands and says, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.’” And again, He stooped down and wrote on the ground.  Consider now that He stooped down and wrote for the second time.




This was not the first time that the Lord had written with His finger.  The Ten Commandments were written by the finger of God.  Remember Moses broke the tablets because of the debacle of the golden calf.  So, God again wrote with His finger again and gave the Ten Commandments.  God wrote twice when He gave us His Word.  First He wrote the Old Testament and then New Testament.  In this event with the woman taken in adultery, He wrote twice.




They thought He could only give two answers.  He could say, “Stone her or not stone her.”  His answer was completely unexpected.


When the Lord rises up in judgment on that great day, there may be a great many unexpected answers.  And like these Pharisees the world will have no comeback---no argument. His judgment will be final. There will be some unexpected answers on such questions as, “What must I do to be saved?  What are the scriptural officers of the church?  What is the correct mode of baptism?  What is the purpose of baptism?  Is the Lord’s Day the proper day to observe the Lord’s Supper?  Should the Lord’s Supper be observed every Lord’s Day?  Is the Bible the inspired Word of God?”  His answers may be unexpected; whatever the answer given as the Lord Jesus rises up in judgment will be final, no questions will be asked and no rebuttal given.


And they when they heard it went out one by one from the eldest to the youngest. On that day when Jesus rises up in judgment there will be no walking away as the Pharisees did. The unexpected answer was, “No condemnation.”




Jesus lifted up Himself the second time and said unto her, “Woman where are they?  Did no man accuse you?  She said, no man Lord.  And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn you: go on your way: sin no more.”


Now it must not be overlooked that Jesus did not condone what she had done. He did not say, “Now what you did is not all that bad, so don’t worry about it.”  He told her, “Don’t do it any more.”  He did not say, “Go and sin no more and I will not condemn you.”  He said, “Neither do I condemn you go and sin no more.”  Three chapters before this in the story of the healing of the man who was crippled for thirty-eight years, Jesus told him, “Sin no more lest a worse thing happen to thee.”  In both cases repentance from the sin was demanded.  Paul instructs us in Romans chapter 6, “Let not sin reign in your mortal body.”   In Christ we always have another chance.   Don’t let the Devil reign; don’t let him have his way.  There is a comforting word given by Paul when he said in Romans 8, “There is therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.”  Another word of comfort in 2 Timothy 1 when Paul reminds us, “I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”


Did you ever think of the irony of this situation in this passage?  These scribes and Pharisees did this woman the biggest favor they could ever do for anybody.   They brought a woman who was a great sinner to the Lord Jesus Christ for condemnation and she was forgiven instead.   I wonder if she ever wrote the Pharisees a thank you note for the great blessing they had conferred on her. WOW!


Consider who the real judge is, not only in her situation but in ours as well.  The Lord did not say that she should not be stoned.  He merely pointed out that the ones doing the stoning should not be guilty of sin.  There is only One who can judge our eternal destiny.  That One is Jesus.




The only one who can pass final judgment on the human race is the One who lived on this planet and never sinned.


Paul instructs us in 1 Corinthians 4, “Judge nothing before the time until the Lord come.”   It is not for us to say this person is going to Hell or Heaven.   The Lord will make that call on the judgment Day and not even He will make it until the last day.  




This writing highly inspired by Ed Bousman’s Sermon entitled “What Did Jesus Write?