The Bad Woman Who was Brought to Jesus

I love this story found in John 8. It is about a woman who was doing something very bad, and some arrogant men found out about what she was doing, and wanted her stoned to death. These men thought they were good people. Notice how they treated the woman though. They had no compassion on her. What is even worse is that they didn’t even see any of their own sins until Jesus pointed out that they were sinners. Contrast the way these men treated the woman with how Jesus treated her. The Bible says that there are two Commandments that are the foundation for all the other Commandments. The first one is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. The second one is to love your neighbor as yourself. The men in this story were not obeying these commandments. They obviously did not love this woman, nor did they respect her dignity. Listen to Jesus’ words at the end of this story. He told her 1. He did not condemn her, and 2. That she was not to sin anymore. She was to repent. God had mercy on her. The men did not receive God’s mercy. Here is the record of this event:

And early in the morning he returned to the temple, and all the people came to him; and he sat down, and taught them.

And the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman who was committing adultery; and when they had set her in the middle,

They said unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what do you say?

They said this, tempting him, that they might be able to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he did not hear them.

So when they continued asking him, he got up, and said to them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest, even to the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

When Jesus got up, and saw none but the woman, he said to her, Woman, where are those who were accusing you? has no man condemned you?

She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more.

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So, with that in mind, which one do you relate to? The men who brought the woman to Jesus? The woman who was committing adultery?

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Are You A Good Person? Read The Booklet Online and Find Out!

Go through this booklet and see if you score yourself differently after you finish reading it!
http://howgoodareyou.com/

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Do you have a Bible? Here is why you need one

Basic

Instructions

Before

Leaving

Earth

Are you ready? Have you read the instructions?

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God Rejoices Over A Person When They Come to Christ

Did you know that when a person comes to Christ, that God rejoices over that person? Here is what God says about what happens in heaven when a person turns from their sin, and trusts in Jesus Christ for his or her salvation:

(Jesus speaking) What man of you, having one hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?

And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, and says to them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over ninety- nine just persons, who don’t need to repent.

Or what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lost one piece, doesn’t light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she finds it?

And when she finds it, she calls her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

We can see in those verses from Luke 15, that there is much rejoicing in heaven when a person repents. But who is doing the rejoicing? It appears angels are. But look at the last verse where it says ‘there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’ It implies that God is rejoicing.

Just think, the day you put your trust in the Lord, heaven became alive with rejoicing! But, perhaps you haven’t come to that place where you have put your trust in the Savior. Maybe you still want to continue to live for yourself and your own glory. Maybe you don’t want to identify with God’s people. God commands people to ‘repent’ and turn from their sinful, self-centered ways. Let go of your sin, and receive the gift of salvation which Jesus paid for, when He died on the Cross.

‘The Lord your God in your midst is mighty. He will save. He will rejoiced over you with joy….He will joy over you with singing’. (from Zephaniah 3:17). What a song  that is!

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Commandment 1 and Commandment 2

The first two commandments in the book of Exodus, tell us about idolatry. Idolatry is like having something that is of equal or more value to you than God. It would be something we love more than God. The problem with us, is that we think we love God. But the Bible tells us that we don’t love God. We really can’t love someone unless we know them, and we can’t love God unless we know Him, and understand what He has done for us. 

One writer put it like this; ‘Our hearts are idol factories’. We are always loving and trusting in something, even if it is an idea. Is it God that we love or is it something else? What is the most important thing to us. What would we miss if it were taken away from us?

The first Commandment says; ‘You shall have no other gods before me…’ (God speaking).

The second Commandment says; ‘You shall not make any graven images to serve’. 

God is serious about idolatry. We can serve either God or something else. We can’t serve both. That is why He tells us that we can’t have other gods before Him, or make a graven image of something we want to worship. So the question we need to be asking ourselves is, ‘Who or what am I serving?’ If it is not God, it is something else. We are always worshiping something.

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The Tax Collector and the Pharisee

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a tax collector.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.

I fast twice a week, I give a tenth of all that I own.

And the tax collector, standing far away, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but beat on his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

So we see in this passage, that the person who did the ‘good works’ was the one who did not end up justified. But the one who admitted that he was a sinner and recognized the badness of his sin, was the one who ended up justified before God. Which one do you want to be?

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