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Did Jesus Make a List?

by on July 25, 2019

Did Jesus Make a List of Abusers?

John 8 records the religious leaders bringing a woman to Jesus. She had “been taken in the very act of adultery.” What should we do with her, they asked Jesus?

Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dirt. What did He write? This text does not answer that question.

The Law of Moses commanded that such women should be stoned. How would Jesus respond?

They continued to ask him their question. “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her” was His answer.

Again He stooped down and again wrote with His finger in the dirt. And when they heard His answer they began to go out one by one beginning with the older ones. He was left alone and the woman where she had been in the midst.

What did He write? Enter Jeremiah 17. Is it possible that the religious leaders, who knew the prophets well, connected the words of Jeremiah to His actions? Some Bible students think so.

In John 7, Jesus had quoted Jeremiah 17:8. “Those who trust in the Lord will be like a tree planted by the water.”

In John 8, Jesus may have been alluding/fulfilling/applying, by His actions, to Jeremiah 17:13. “All who forsake Thee will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.”

Did Jesus make a list of the guilty men? Some Bible students think so. I think so. John 8 is silent on the content so we cannot be dogmatic. The religious leaders knew the prophets and could easily make the connection. They left in a curious order.

Is Jesus making a list today? I think so. Are you on His list of offenders? I hope not. Am I on His list? I do not think so. I want to be on His other list – the list of those who stand for right and who stand against abusers and who stand with the abused. That is the list I want to be on.
That is the list I am committed to be on.

Stand with Jesus. Stand with the abused. Set them free with your words and with your actions.

No stones were thrown. Jesus was left alone with the woman. He spoke to her. She answered Him. She was safe. She was protected. She was forgiven and she was challenged by a real man.

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