New or True – John 8:7-9

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When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.

This has been a verse often used to defend the view that Yeshua came to do away with the Law of Moses and show a new way to live that was all about love. What many don’t realize is that Yeshua was actually keeping the law here. In fact, this whole scenario was created as a trap to make Yeshua break the law according to verse 5 and 6.

The law required both the woman and the man to be stoned and those who caught them were to be the first to cast the stone. So was Yeshua declaring something new or keeping that which is true?

Let this be a focus in your time of meditation throughout the day. Until next time, shalom!


SOURCE: Steve Moutria at TorahFamily.org (Posted with permission)
http://torahfamily.org/new-true-john/

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There is really a lot I can take from this.

  1. The witness is the one to throw the first rock
    a. The accuser better make absolutely sure that his story is true because he is going to be guilty of murder and lying if he made up the accusation.
  2. Both the man and the woman were punished equally.
    a. This directly refutes accusation that many make that women were treated unequally from men in the Bible
  3. It shows how critical it is to obey the commands of God and we do so for our own protection.
    a. If something like this was allowed to go on the division it would have caused would have undermined the unity of the body - something we need to be especially aware of today
    b. It was also supposed to create fear of breaking the law. I sometimes think of some of the people in the Bible that describe visions or dreams of being in the presence of God in his kingdom and this person that today we look as being pretty holy still fell on their face in humility or said that they were not worthy to speak because they were unclean. This fear is supposed to make us think before we act or say something that could cause our death or being told at the judgement, "I never knew you."
  4. If we repent (stop disobeying the rules) - we are forgiven.