So when they continued asking Him,
He raised Himself up and said to them,
“He who is without sin among you,
let him throw a stone at her first.”
Many are they who though unable to remember much of what the Scriptures say, are adept at recalling this story in John 8. Here we have another effort on the part of the Scribes and the Pharisees to entrap Jesus. To agree with those who supported this law would bring disagreement with those who opposed the continuation of this law.
Jesus, understanding the subtlety of the question; “this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do you say?” Jesus simply bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. Oh that we might know exactly what was written! God, knowing the hearts of those posing the question, and those of us of subsequent generations simply allowed it to be unrecorded.
You can seldom satisfy one who is intent on destroying you, so He continued to write, and they to persist in securing an answer. His answer is most humbling to arrogance of this nature. “He, who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (8:7)
We endeavor to determine if one of our sins, or that of another, is bigger or smaller. In so doing we are determined in our thinking that one is more or less significant just to ease our conscience. Jesus continued writing and while doing so, an exodus occurred… ”they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones.”
If you read the passage you see how Jesus looked up and seeing only the woman, He asked: “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you? “To which she replied: “No one Lord.” Jesus said: “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
A mighty work of the conscience was produced: Every person leaving as they experienced guilt. The woman recognized a work of her conscience in being exposed to Jesus; He recognized that her life direction had changed during his writing on the ground. One of the most exciting demonstrations of forgiveness… ”Go. From now on sin no more.”
Take time to read what happened next: “Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of Life’.” (8:12)