“Live In God’s Word” ( John 8: 31-32, Wycliffe ) by Carley Evans

Jesus teaches in the temple. While He is sitting on the ground, presumably in one of the many open areas, a group of Pharisees bring a young woman caught in adultery and challenge Jesus with the Law of Moses. The Law calls for her death by stoning, they remind. Jesus writes in the dirt with His finger, “as though He heard them not.” (John 8:6, KJV) The Pharisees ask Jesus again. Jesus stands up, and famously states that anyone of them who feels he is without sin may go ahead with the stoning. Then Jesus sits back down and continues to write in the dirt. One by one, the Pharisees “being convicted by their own conscience” leave. Who leaves first? The eldest, of course. The longer we live, the more sin convicts us. Jesus stands again, sees that none of the Pharisees remain to stone the woman as the Law of Moses requires. He asks the young woman where are her accusers. “Hath no man condemned thee?” (John 8:10) She says, “No man, Lord.” Jesus says if no man is left to condemn her, then neither is He to condemn her.  “Go,” He tells her, “and sin no more.” (John 8:11)

Jesus then turns back to the Pharisees and tells them who He is: that He is the Light of the world and the Son of God. Many believe Him. To those, Jesus says:

“31 If ye dwell in my word, verily ye shall be my disciples;

32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

To those who continue to protest that they are slaves to no man, Jesus says they are slaves to sin. These men have learned nothing from the earlier event, when Jesus does not condemn the young woman caught in adultery. Jesus tells them,

“37 I know that ye be Abraham’s sons, but ye seek to slay me, for my word taketh not in you.”

The Pharisees continue to strongly protest, saying:

“Abraham is our father.” Jesus says to them, “If ye be the sons of Abraham, do ye the works of Abraham.

40 But now ye seek to slay me, a man that have spoken to you [the] truth, that I heard of God.”

Jesus says to live in His Word. His Word sets you free, free from the Law of sin and death. No need for stones to cast at others, or at ourselves. Jesus says, “Has no one condemned you? Neither do I. Go, and sin no more.”


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