This Bible Study shows that we should not judge others to harshly. Under Moses law adultery was to be punished by stoning. A certain woman, who was caught in the act, was brought to Christ to be stoned and Christs response was "He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone". Later in the same chapter Jesus describes His relationship with God the Father and His existence before His human birth. In this bible study we find that Jesus actually rescued an adulteress woman from the Scribes and Pharisees who wanted to stone her with a simple sentence, “He that is without sin-cast the first stone” and not one person threw a stone. Jesus is an example of how we should act in our own daily lives and during His physical time on earth He taught and lived by example. We will delve into the meaning of this action by Jesus and how it relates to us now, in today’s world. A woman caught in the act of adultery brought to Jesus while He was teaching in the temple Jesus went to the Mount of Olives to teach the people when a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery was brought to Him by the scribes and Pharisees who wanted to stone her. Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. St. John 8:1 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. St. John 8:2 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, St. John 8:3 The scribes and Pharisees told Jesus the woman was caught in the act of adultery They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. St. John 8:4 Scribes and Pharisees try to trick Jesus while He pretends to ignore them The scribes and Pharisees tried to trick Jesus with the hopes that they could accuse Him of doing something wrong by breaking Moses law persisted in questioning Jesus about whether they should stone the woman. Jesus wrote on the ground acting as if He never heard them Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? St. John 8:5 (Moses Law-"'If a man commits adultery with another man's wife--with the wife of his neighbor--both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death. Lev. 20:10) This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse him,. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. St. John 8:6 The Scribes and Pharisees were persistent and kept asking Jesus what they should do The Scribes and Pharisees continued to ask Jesus what they should and Jesus said, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her" Jesus answered them saying, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her"
Jesus answered them saying “He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone” So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. St. John 8:7 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. St. John 8:8 One by one everyone left until the woman was the only one left-not one person threw a stone at the woman because not one person could honestly say they had not ever sinned. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. St. John 8:9 Jesus did not condemn the adulteress but told her to “Go and sin no more” Jesus questioned the woman and told her He does not condemn her and most importantly, He told her to go and sin no more When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? St. John 8:10 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more. St. John 8:11 Jesus refers to Himself as the Light of Life and the Light of the World Jesus resumed teaching the people telling them to follow His example, calling Himself the Light of Life, the Light of the World which demonstrates that He will light the way to heaven for all of us. Kind of like group of people walking through a dark cave trying to find their way out.The lead guide person carries a light to reveal a path through the darkness, the guide leads them out of the cave. If they wander away into the darkness, they will be lost. Those who follow the guide will find their way out of the cave. Jesus is our guide, our light that will show us the way to heaven. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. St. John 8:12 The Pharisees were upset and accuse Jesus of lying about Himself The Pharisees therefore said unto him. Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. St. John 8:13 Jesus Christ's response to the Pharisee's accusation Jesus answered and said unto them. Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. St. John 8:14 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. St. John 8:15 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. St. John 8:16 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. St. John 8:17 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. St. John 8:18 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me , nor my Father: If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. St. John 8:19 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come. St. John 8:20 (See Mark 12:41) Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. St. John 8:21 The Scribes and Pharisees wondered if Jesus secretly planned to kill Himself Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? Because he saith, Whither I go , ye cannot come. St. John 8:22 Jesus said He is not from this world but from one up above And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world: I am not of this world. St. John 8:23 If you do not believe that Jesus died for your sins you will die in your sins I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. St. John 8:24 Again they questioned Jesus about who He is and Jesus did not change His answer telling them that He is the same as He told them right from the start Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. St. John 8:25 Jesus says He has many things to say and judge about them, emphasizing again that He is speaking what the Lord wants Him too I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. St. John 8:26 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. St. John 8:27 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. St. John 8:28 Jesus admits that He is not alone, God the Father is inside Him and that He only does things to please God the Father And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. St. John 8:29 Many of the Jews believed what Jesus said and Jesus said that if they continue in His word they are His disciples-the same holds true today for us As he spake these words, many believed on him. St. John 8:30 Jesus told the Jews-If You Continue in His Word You ARE His Disciples Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples in deed; St. John 8:31 Jesus said the truth will set you free And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. St. John 8:32 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? St. John 8:33 Whoever commits a sin is a servant of sin Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. St. John 8:34 The Son of God will be with the Lord forever And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. St. John 8:35 Jesus speaking of His ultimate sacrifice for your sins that because of His sacrifice we are made free If the Son therefore shall make you free,ye shall be free indeed. St. John 8:36 Abraham's descendants secretly plotting to kill Jesus I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you, St. John 8:37 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. St. John 8:38 Jesus lets them know that they are not like Abraham their father and that He knows they are plotting to kill Him They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father, Jesus saith unto them. If ye were Abraham's children ye would do the works of Abraham. St. John 8:39 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. St. John 8:40 The Jews told Jesus that God is their Father Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him.We be not born of fornication we have one Father, even God. St. John 8:41 Jesus lets the scribes and Pharisees know that if God was their Father they would love Him because God sent Him Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I preceded forth and came from God neither came I of myself, but he sent me. St. John 8:42 Still the scribes and Pharisees acted like they did not understand what Jesus was saying because they could not hear and understand His words Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. St. John 8:43 Jesus said the Devil is a murderer and the father of lies Ye are of your father the devil, and he lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. St. John 8:44 Jesus said He is the truth yet they still did not believe Him And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. St. John 8:45 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? St. John 8:46 If you are not one of God's people you will not hear and understand God's words He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. St. John 8:47 Jesus accused of being possessed by a devil Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? St. John 8:48 Jesus's negative response to the accusation of possession Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. St. John 8:49 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. St. John 8:50 Jesus said if we do what He says we will never see death This passage is often misunderstood as physical death whereas Jesus is speaking of spiritual death. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. St. John 8:51 The Jews accuse Jesus of being possessed by a devil a second time Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a anyone keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. St. John 8:52 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? St. John 8:53 When you honor Jesus Christ you are honoring God the Father Jesus answered, If I honor myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God. St. John 8:54 Jesus tells the Jews that He knows God the Father and calls the Jews liars Yet ye have not known him, but I know him and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like onto you but I know him, and keep his saying. St. John 8:55 Jesus tell the Jews He knew Abraham Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw it, and and was glad. St. John 8:56 The Jews did not believe Jesus because He was not old enough to known Abraham in the flesh Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? St. John 8:57 Jesus tells the Jews that He existed before Abraham Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. St. John 8:58 The Jews tried to stone Jesus and Jesus hid from them and left the temple by going through the midst of them Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. St. John 8:59