Tag: show mercy
Scripture reading for April 15th: John 8
Key scriptures for over-comers: John 8:4-8 “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do You say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with His finger. 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. Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.”
The religious leaders were zealous for the law and tried to obey every letter. But their hearts were hard. They could see the sins of other, but neglected their own glaring faults. After catching this woman in the act of adultery, they tested Jesus. (Where was the man?!) Jesus bent down to write on the ground with His finger. It does not say what He wrote. It may have been their names and the secret sins they were guilty of. His simple answer, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her,” stopped them in their tracks. When He looked up again, they were all gone except the woman! He showed her mercy and warned her to sin no more!
Observations for over-comers: Be slow to judge others and condemn them. Look in the mirror of God’s word and apply it to your own heart first! “O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake You will be put to shame. Those who turn away from You will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the Lord, the spring of living water.” (Jeremiah 17:13)