Devotions for October 7, 2014

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John 8:1-11

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11 “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Jesus didn’t approve of the woman, but he didn’t send her away. He brought alignment to her life. Was her life the ideal life that Jesus wanted for her? What did Jesus want for her? Does Jesus want the same thing for you? Does He care where you’ve been, or does He care about where your heart is now?

Q: It was in her brokenness that He offered forgiveness and mercy. When you are broken, how does God respond? Does He bring shame and condemnation, or love and hope? Does He want to bring restoration to your life? How can you begin to allow that restoration to take place in your life?

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