Tuesday - October 11, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: John 8:1-11
There she stands beside the Son of God, stripped of her innocence. Not only had she been accused of a crime that is worthy of death, she knew was guilty as well. She watched in silence, amazed that no one else could hear the beating of her heart, as her Master knelt down to scribble on the ground. What had she done? Why did she do it? It doesn’t take her very long to realize that she had been set up, yet she continued to feel the enormous weight of guilt pressing down on her chest. How embarrassed she must have been to be standing there with all eyes and fingers pointing at her. As Jesus stood up, she began to fear the worst. Looking around for her accusers, “Jesus stood up and said to her, 'Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?' She said, ‘No one, Lord.' And Jesus said, 'Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more’” (John 8:10-11).
I wonder if she hugged him, fell down to worship Him, kissed His feet, or simply said, “thank you.” I guess we will never know this side of eternity. Was she sorry for what she had done? Did she escape any punishment? Why does Jesus not rebuke her, tell her how sinful, dirty and vile she is, and that she needed to repent? I believe she did repent. She didn’t say any words, but her silence was golden! She could have cried out in anger once she realized what was taking place. She could have demanded to ask for the man who was just as guilty as she. Yet her silence shows a humility that had been borne in humiliations. She had just been caught red-handed, dragged into the crowd, and had her sin exposed for all to see. I doubt she ever committed adultery again out of fear of what might happen the next time. You see, exposure to sin may be painful, but sometimes it is necessary for us to see just how wrong we are. Stop fooling yourself. You know your sin and you are probably embarrassed about it.
Application: Find a friend, a person you can trust, and confess you faults to them. It will be painful, but I also believe that you will be less likely to commit the same sin.