We continue this week with the same thought from last week – God’s Word is sure and never changes! Today we find segments of society doing its best to convince the world that Christians are exclusive and intolerant because we won’t compromise on God’s Word. Old fashioned and out of touch are common descriptions of the Christian. And ironically because Jesus was so loving and merciful, He is often used to support this misguided wave of acceptance. Just enough scripture is selected to support this mindset. One such portion of scripture is the story of the woman caught in adultery. The “religious” leaders wanted her stoned for her sin because that’s what the law prescribed. But Jesus, as the loving Lord He is, pointed out to them that none of them standing there was without sin so who would cast the first stone? The point of this story is not that “love doesn’t condemn, therefore it accepts”. The beauty of this story is that the only one who could throw a stone raised this woman up out of her sin by His grace and mercy. But it didn’t end there. Jesus knew that the wages of her sin were death. So in love, He instructed her to “go and sin no more”. God’s Word is sometimes uncomfortable because it exposes what is not right in our lives. (The woman was not the only one exposed that day.) But, God’s Word also illuminates the path which leads to righteousness!
10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” v11 “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11 (NLT)
17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. John 17:17 (NLT)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 (NLT)