JUDGE NOT, LEST YE BE JUDGED by JOLEISA
This is a creative account of the story in John 8:1-11 of the woman caught in the act of adultery as could have been told by of one of the men who brought her to Jesus. The story teaches us as Christians or even non-Christians to be careful how we mete out judgement and justice, remembering that none of us is faultless.
A big bouquet of thanks to my lovely sisters, Jo and Leisa, for contributing this guest post. You can see their brief bio at the end of the post.
“WHAT A BOOMERANG!”
“Let me tell you something. I have lived in this community all my life and I’m a grown man! It’s an ok place to live. We have our challenges but for the most part we all get along. We support each other. Yes, there are some hard-core criminals but we try to deal with them as best as we can.
“Out of the blue, this man appeared in our community, making all sorts of claims. First of all, He claimed to be the son of God! Can you imagine that? What a claim to make! He even claimed to be a prophet! But for some reason, the people often flocked to Him and listened to Him speaking. I’ll give Him that. He was good at drawing the crowds, an orator of sorts.
“To be honest, He did do some good as well. On many occasions, after He talked and talked, the people were hungry and He fed them with whatever He could find. No one ever left Him hungry.
“He was also able to make sick people better, even people who had been sick for years. But other than the food and the healing, what was it that made Him so endearing that the people kept coming back? We could not tell!
“Sometimes, my friends and I would be in the crowds listening to Him talk. I can tell you, we did not like the thought of this intruder in our midst and the fact that He was making these claims was alarming. A prophet! No way!
“So my friends and I started to make a plot to trap Him. He claimed to be a prophet, right? So let us see if He would abide by the Mosaic Law. We know Moses to be a prophet. If this man Jesus refused to follow the Mosaic Law, then we could definitely say He was no prophet. We discussed which law was easier to trap Him with.
“We knew of an area in town where adulterous women go to have illegal liaisons with men. We would go there, catch one of these women in the act and take her to Jesus. Now the Mosaic Law recommends that a woman caught this way should be stoned to death. Let’s see if this man Jesus would follow this law.
“So the next day, we went. Sure enough, we caught one of these women in the very act, so we dragged her to Jesus. I bet she was ashamed. I didn’t care. She should have thought about that before she went with this man.
Anyway, as usual there was a crowd there and an even bigger one gathered as we shoved the woman in the centre. We disrupted His discourse. There was no way He could pretend not to notice. I mean, the woman was naked!
“‘Here you go Jesus! This woman was caught in the very act of adultery. Moses’ Law says we should stone her. What do you say?’
“Yes! This is the moment of truth. Let’s see what He would do. Somehow, He seemed calm, not flustered. He did not even seem bothered by the fact that the woman was naked. I suppose to Him it meant that we did indeed catch her in the act. For a while He did not respond, so we started to chant: ‘What say you Jesus? What say you Jesus?’
“He didn’t say a word! How could He ignore us? This was abominable!
“Our anger and frustration grew. But He seemed calm. He stooped down to the ground and wrote something with His fingers. When He stood up, there was this air of anticipation. Then He spoke, saying: ‘He that is without sin among you, let Him cast the first stone.’
“Oh my gosh! What a boomerang! We were caught in our own trap! Certainly we had all sinned! No one knew where to look. Then to add insult to injury, Jesus stooped and started writing on the ground again. I, and all the others around got the chance to look into our own conscience.
“Personally, I thought of some things I had done, blatant sins which I had committed. To what this woman had done, there was just no comparison. I was so ashamed. So were my friends. We all walked away totally humiliated. We were caught in the very trap we had set. My feeling from the whole affair: Judge not, lest ye be judged.”
This, dear readers, is an example to all of us. The admonition in Galatians 6:1-3 should be our yardstick in this regard:
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”
The point is that sin in anyone and in any form is ugly. But when we approach anyone to point out sin, it must be with a sense of admission of our own filthiness, and humility to allow God to work in us to work out His way. It should be done with a Christ-like attitude, one that seeks to restore, rather than to condemn. Otherwise, the same treatment we give to others is what we will also receive as Matthew 7: 1 & 2 warns:
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”
The message to all of us from Christ is, “GO AND SIN NO MORE.” Pray that you will be humble enough to be used by God in His service. Pray too, that you will not take pride in judging, lest ye be judged.We should seek to restore any who errs rather than to condemn. - Joleisa Click To Tweet
The scriptures cited in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
ABOUT THE WRITERS
Jo and Leisa are twin teachers, authors, freelance writers and bloggers who hail from Jamaica. They currently reside in England where they are doing their bit to raise their children. The Christian ladies now blog about frugal living and using wisely the resources we have at our disposal. Their blog is joleisa.com and they can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
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