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Article 23 November 1, 2006 WWJD Jesus Judge Righteously

Article 23 November 1, 2006 WWJD Jesus Judge Righteously

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Spring Warrior Church of Christ
7432 S. Red Padgett RoadPerry, FL 32348584-5176
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by Bill BlueIn John 8, the scribes and the Pharisees (v. 3), seeking to test Jesus (v.6), brought to Him a woman caught in the act of adultery (vv. 3-4), and askedthe following question:
“Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 
(v. 5).
 Jesus responded by saying
,
“Hewho is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” 
 (v. 7).
“Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out oneby one. . . . When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but thewoman, He said to her,
 
‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has noone condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her,‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more’” 
(vv. 9-11).What are the lessons we can learn from this story? What does it sayabout sexual immorality; is adultery no longer a sin? Are we to conclude thatit is wrong for Christians to judge behavior and condemn sin? Are there nolonger any consequences to sin in the New Testament era? What would Jesus say?
 J
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ADULTERY 
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Although Jesus said that He did notcondemn the woman, she was unquestionably an adulteress (John 8:3-4). Inother Scriptures, Jesus says that adultery is on par with things that are evil(Matt. 12:39) and wicked (Matt. 16:4), and, like murder, adultery defiles aman (Matt. 15:18-19). Jesus says that adultery is a sin that can cast you intohell (Matt. 5:27-30). Whatever the lessons of John 8 are, one cannotconclude that Jesus does not consider adultery a sin. Jesus, rather, unlike thescribes and the Pharisees, was not willing to condemn the woman to deathby stoning.
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The woman in John 8 was an adulteress (John 8:3-4), but her accusers were not motivatedby righteous judgment or disdain for sin, but a desire to test Jesus,
“that they might have something of which to accuse Him” 
(John 8:6). The scribes andPharisees sought to trap Jesus by His answer to their question. Jesus did notimmediately answer the question, but gave the appearance of ignoring it(John 8:6). Not wanting Jesus to escape, the scribes and Pharisees repeated
 
their question until Jesus said,
“He who is without sin among you, let himthrow a stone at her first.” 
No one threw a stone and all of the woman’saccusers left her and Jesus alone (John 8:9-11). In their zeal to trap Jesus,the scribes and Pharisees had allowed their own improper motives to blindtheir judgment. With one statement (
“He who is without sin among you…” 
), Jesus caused the woman’s accusers to be
“convicted by their conscience” 
(John 8:7, 9). Jesus’ statement to the accusers did not condemn judging, but causedthe accusers to consider their own motives. The men came to realize thatthey were actually willing to kill a woman if necessary to discredit Jesus. Jesus did not fault the scribes and Pharisees for accusing the woman of adultery because the accusation was true. Rather, Jesus pointed out that thereason
why 
they brought the adulteress to Jesus in the first place washypocritical. Jesusstatement to the woman’s accusers is similar to His otherteachings on judging:
 And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?
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Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to removethe speck that is in your brother's eye.
43
"For a good treedoes not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
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For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from abramble bush.
(Luke 6:41-44;
see also
Matt. 7:1-5). Jesus does not condemn judging, butemphasizes the need for righteous, genuine, and sincere judgment (John7:24; Rom. 2:1-3). One cannot know the difference between good and badfruit without judging (Luke 6:43).Matthew 7:1-2 is often misquoted by people who believe judging isunscriptural. “ Judge not, that you be not judged.
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For with what judgmentyou judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will bemeasured back to you.”Verse 2, however, emphasizes the importance of sincere, non-hypocritical judgment. Verse 6 goes on to show that judgmentis required:“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls beforeswine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you inpieces”(Matt. 7:6).
 
One cannot know who is a “dog” or “swine” without judging.

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