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Summary: The boundless mercy of Christ as displayed in His treatment of the woman taken in adultery.

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For some strange reason, modern versions (or should I say perversions) of the Bible do not contain this incident.

1. A CLIMB

"And every man went unto his own house...Jesus went unto the mount of Olives".

a) A lonely climb. The people had their homes but Christ went to Olivet because He was homeless.

b) A lovely climb. Although the passage does not specifically state it, I believe the Saviour went to the mountain to pray. He was preparing for the battles of the following day. We need to prepare in prayer.

2. A CRIME

"This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him".

a) Holiness that was a sham

b) Hatred that was a shame

The self-righteous hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees was a worse crime against God than the adultery.

Why didn’t they bring the man since she was caught "in the very act"?

3. A TIME

"Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not...And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground".

a) A time for repentance. Jesus stooped and wrote to give the religious men time to repent of their hatred for Jesus and the woman.

b) A time for reassurance. "Neither do I condemn thee". "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1).


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