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    Why didn't Jesus condemn the woman caught in adultery when the law obviously did?

  • #2
    According to the law, there must be at least two witnesses to the event. Jesus was not a witness, thus according to the law, He could not bring a charge against her.Those that supposedly witnessed it left without bringing the charge.

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    • #3
      For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17.

      For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10

      The Son of God had a mission as stated in luke 19:10 and John 3:17 this was more important than condeming every sinner that came his way as his intention and greater purpose was to save them from their sin and reconcile them to God.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Kahtar View Post
        According to the law, there must be at least two witnesses to the event. Jesus was not a witness, thus according to the law, He could not bring a charge against her.Those that supposedly witnessed it left without bringing the charge.
        Are you saying that He could/would have had he been a witness to the crime?

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        • #5
          Regardless of whether he was a witness or not, he know that she was an adulteress and, as God, was the only one entitled to condemn her. So why didn't he? Because he was ignoring God's law? Absolutely not! But he was about to die for this woman's sin - and so, because of the certainty of that, on the BASIS of that atoning sacrifice, he forgives her - and commands her to sin no more. We often forget that. She WAS guilty and Jesus either HAD to condemn her if He were not to break the law (since He was God in the flesh) - or take the punishment she deserved in her place - and we all know that He did the latter when He went to the cross!

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          • #6
            The forfeit of condemnation came before He told her to go and send no more. Are we to believe that she never sinned again? I think it would be dishonest to assume that she never sinned again. I do however believe that Jesus freed her from a life of adultery. It is only after we understand that we are completely forgiven for past and future sins that those sins lose their control over us. You are not condemned by God. Don't let sin control you life.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nobunaga View Post
              For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17.

              For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10

              The Son of God had a mission as stated in luke 19:10 and John 3:17 this was more important than condeming every sinner that came his way as his intention and greater purpose was to save them from their sin and reconcile them to God.
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              Very well put.... you can also relate this to the time when James and John wanted to call down fire upon a town that did not recieve them.... He rebukes and states that His mission was to save men's lives not destroy them.. as with the harlot caught in adultery. The Pharisees were always trying to trap Jesus in His words and actions.. this was another attempt to do it.. He pretty much put them in their place by asking

              he/she who is without sin cast the first stone... they all dropped their stones and walked away..

              His Words and actions toward the condemned was one of Mercy and Grace.. and it was Goodness... It was His Glory.. for His Goodness is His Glory.

              His Words made those who were ready to stone think and look inward... for if anyone there thought they were without sin they would of cast the stone.. but NONE did..

              They were all expecting to see Jesus usher her away to be stoned because thats what the Law said had to be done....

              But what is the HEART of the Law... Mercy, Judgement Good Faith...

              This is what He demonstrated.

              God commands us to look inward and examine ourselves... instead of going around and pointing the finger and accusing everything that someobody does wrong..

              God's desire is not sacrafice but Mercy.... Jesus was demonstrating this by not letting her accusers stone her.. Then He tells her to go and sin no more.. Leave that lifestyle for good..
              Many appear Righteous and Just because they say 'yes' to Jesus Christ , yet they don't do His Will.
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              Verily I say unto thee, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the Kingdom of Heaven before you do.
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              The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying. YEA, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with LOVINGKINDESS have I DRAWN THEE.
              Jeremiah 31:3

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              • #8
                Just before the encounter with the adulterous woman, Jesus had really caused a stir in the temple. He had shaken people's belief systems to the core. The bible says that there was a division among the people and that the chief priests were looking to lay hands on Jesus.

                The next day or so, Jesus was teaching in the temple again.

                Those men who humiliatingly dragged her before Jesus weren't interested in the sanctity of marriage. They were scribes and Pharisees who interrupted his teachings to the people and demanded that Jesus publicly state what to do with her.

                The bible says that they were using her to trap Jesus into saying something that they could use to brings charges against him.

                They had no compassion for her. They didn't really care that the crime of adultery had been committed. They didn't really care that they only brought one of the two partners involved before Jesus.

                This case had nothing to do punishing with the sin of adultery, but with seeking to destroy the credibility of Jesus Christ.

                Jesus knew that. He knew that she was a pawn in their wicked game. He also knew that He had come to fulfill the Law. That is....to complete it. Yes, adultery is a sin. Yes, sin had to be paid for.

                He was about to do that. And he delivered her from her sin of adulterous affair(s).
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                • #9
                  Jesus didn't condemn the women at the well, because he is merciful, unlike the law. His main concern was her soul, not the act that brought her there.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 9Marksfan View Post
                    Regardless of whether he was a witness or not, he know that she was an adulteress and, as God, was the only one entitled to condemn her. So why didn't he? Because he was ignoring God's law? Absolutely not! But he was about to die for this woman's sin - and so, because of the certainty of that, on the BASIS of that atoning sacrifice, he forgives her - and commands her to sin no more. We often forget that. She WAS guilty and Jesus either HAD to condemn her if He were not to break the law (since He was God in the flesh) - or take the punishment she deserved in her place - and we all know that He did the latter when He went to the cross!
                    Excellent post!

                    The Antichrist will be taught and raised by the christian church. He will come from your own, not from the "outsiders". "Thus saith the Eternal, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house. . . ."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mikebr View Post
                      Why didn't Jesus condemn the woman caught in adultery when the law obviously did?
                      Presumably because Jesus knew she was being used by the Pharisees trying to trap Him, and that she probably had been deliberately led astray by the man the Pharisees had allowed to escape, with no interest in how the woman would suffer because of their ruthlessness.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mikebr View Post
                        Are you saying that He could/would have had he been a witness to the crime?
                        Uh, no..............

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                        • #13
                          I think Christ did condemn her by telling her to go and sin no more. We got to remember the reality of those men holding stones ready to kill her. She knew this and was extremely scared and repented in her heart of what she had done. It is like the mouse that was caught in a trap, she did not want the cheese she just wanted out of the trap. And Jesus freed her not only of her sin but of the condemnation of the men holding those stones. The condemnation is there but it is so overshadowed by the glory of Christ’s mercy. Christ did not over look the wages of sin because they are right in front of us in this story. Life filled with sin will lead to eternal death with out Christ. I feel certain this woman did not return to her adulteress affair.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Frances View Post
                            Presumably because Jesus knew she was being used by the Pharisees trying to trap Him, and that she probably had been deliberately led astray by the man the Pharisees had allowed to escape, with no interest in how the woman would suffer because of their ruthlessness.
                            I appreciate everyone's thoughts.

                            God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. May we all find ourselves in the adulteress' situation, so that we may receive grace.

                            The Antichrist will be taught and raised by the christian church. He will come from your own, not from the "outsiders". "Thus saith the Eternal, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house. . . ."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by danield View Post
                              I think Christ did condemn her by telling her to go and sin no more. We got to remember the reality of those men holding stones ready to kill her. She knew this and was extremely scared and repented in her heart of what she had done. It is like the mouse that was caught in a trap, she did not want the cheese she just wanted out of the trap. And Jesus freed her not only of her sin but of the condemnation of the men holding those stones. The condemnation is there but it is so overshadowed by the glory of Christís mercy. Christ did not over look the wages of sin because they are right in front of us in this story. Life filled with sin will lead to eternal death with out Christ. I feel certain this woman did not return to her adulteress affair.

                              He said neither do I condemn you..................?

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