John 8:3-11 Woman Caught In Adultery
Anything odd about their accusation against this woman
caught in adultery?
If the woman was "caught in adultery, in the very act" (John 8:4), where was the man who was caught in adultery with the woman?
What Old Testament law are the scribes and Pharisees referring to in John 8:5?
“If a man is found lying with a woman married to a husband, then both of them shall die - the man that lay with the woman, and the woman; so you shall put away the evil from Israel. “If a young woman who is a virgin is betrothed to a husband, and a man finds her in the city and lies with her, then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry out in the city, and the man because he humbled his neighbor’s wife; so you shall put away the evil from among you." (Deuteronomy 22:22-24)
Why did they all of a sudden want Jesus' opinion?
They interrupted His teaching to try to trap Him and brand Him a false teacher in front of those gathered.
What’s the trap?
If Jesus doesn’t approve the stoning, He breaks the Jewish law cited above. If He approves it, He breaks the Roman law that prohibits Jews from issuing capital punishment. Sounds like a pretty good trap.
What did Jesus write on the ground?
We don't know. He may have written something meaningful or just may have scribbled to make the men step closer to see what He was writing, thus drawing their eyes off the woman, who may have been less than fully clothed since she had been caught “in the act”.
Who left first after hearing, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a
stone at her first" (John 8:7)?
The older ones.
Why do you think?
They had accumulated more sins over their longer lives.
Why doesn't Jesus chastise the woman for her sin?
She probably lived through the scariest and the most shameful moment of her life. She was caught “in the act” and dragged away by a band of men who wanted to kill her. She knew her sin and also Jesus’ authority over her.
How do we know that?
If she thought nothing of her sin or Jesus, she would have left the moment the last accuser left. Instead, she remained "standing" (John 8:9) and called Jesus “Lord” (John 8:11). Throughout His ministry, Jesus chastised the Jews and others who thought they weren't sinful, but showed mercy to those who admitted their sins and sought forgiveness, and this remains unchanged today.
Did Jesus address the woman' sin nevertheless?
Yes, He told her to, "go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)