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Know God in a Year #142 Religion vs. the Kindness of God

The Sanhedrin, frustrated in their plans and silenced by Nicodemus, leave and go to their homes.
Jesus turns to the quiet of the olive orchards on Olivet needing time alone with God. Spies have dogged his steps every day of the festival looking to trap him in a word or action. He’s exhausted.
Early the next morning he is back in the temple. People gather around him and he teaches them. But before long he is interrupted by a commotion.
“We caught this woman in the very act of adultery” says the hard, triumphant voice of one Pharisee.
“Moses says we should stone her.” Adds another. “What do you say?”
Seeing through their disguise, and knowing they set her up themselves, Jesus gives no sign he has heard them, but stoops and begins to write in the dust on the marble.
Impatiently they move closer, urging him to respond. But as their eyes follow his finger, their faces pale, seeing he has written how they got her there, who set her up, and that according to Moses, her husband should have accused and brought her.
Then rising, he fixes his gaze on the posers who know the law–that the one wronged begins the stoning. Jesus knows they have wronged her, and he says, “The one who hasn’t sinned may throw the first stone.”
Hoping against hope that he won’t expose them, one by one they slink away, defeated again.
Religion is not for condemning. If you want to know what God is like, read tomorrow’s blog…
John 8:1-9
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