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July 25, 2022
Today’s reading: John 7:40-43
Seeing your own sin
We read in John 8:7-9:
7 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.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
The story of the woman caught in adultery teaches us a lot of lessons. However, I just want to focus more on the accusers of this woman.
Obviously, this was a ploy set to trap Yahshua. The religious people didn’t bring the woman for the sake of justice, but to find fault in the Messiah.
We can just imagine how cunning the religious people were, however, they were not cunning enough to put Christ in a bad light.
They thought they had the brightest of all ideas. They might have told themselves, “This is it! This should work. Yahshua will not be able to escape from this trap anymore.”
Yet, we see the wisdom of Christ in this regard. Obviously, if you caught someone in adultery in the very act, you would also find the man and not just the woman. However, we can see that it was just the woman that they presented.
It could also be that the man in the adulterous act was part of the people trying to trap Yahshua. He might have set things up with the woman. After all, adultery is a private sin. It takes the right timing to really catch someone red-handed.
Thus, this woman was seen as an instrument to trap Christ instead of a human who needs mercy, compassion, and help. Such a sad situation for any woman to be in.
So, Yahshua could see right through them. He knew exactly the wickedness behind the intention of these men.
These words from Yahshua could have pricked these men’s heart:
“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
Usually, the witnesses were the first ones who would throw the stone. The witnesses knew very well how they wickedly set things up. They knew that all these are simply a ploy.
Thankfully, as wicked as these men were, they were convicted by their conscience.
These men were able to see the sin of the woman, but they were too blind to see their own sin.
It’s quite astonishing how we can also be in the same place as the religious men during Christ’s time. We are too quick to point out the sins of others, but we can’t see our own.
This doesn’t mean that we ignore or condone the sins of others. What this simply means is that we must be aware of our sins as well. As Yahshua said, we must remove the speck in our own eyes. Before we judge others, we must judge ourselves first.
May we have the wisdom to recognize the sins in our lives and overcome them through God’s help.
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