Prayer for the day
Make me understand the way of your commandments, that I may meditate on your marvelous works.
Scripture for the day
Judgmental. It’s what Christians are accused of all the time. Frankly, it’s what most of us are accused of most of the time! Jesus is clear, however, with the people around him, that while he doesn’t judge people, he has the authority to judge, because his authority comes from his Father.
Judgement seems to come naturally to us. We judge one another, place value judgements on one another. But when we see it happening in the First Testament, God is the one who is judging. And God is the able judge, the judge who is perfectly able to judge between good and evil, right and wrong.
The people of Israel were sinful, following a direction from David which was sinful, and God judged them as such. The judgement of God is severe, though he does relent, easing up after some significant punishment.
Even in righteous judgment, however, God shows his character clearly, as a merciful God.
Jesus is kneeling on the ground, writing, and he is given a choice by the religious leaders. They bring a woman who is caught in adultery. She is probably pulled from the scene of adultery, pulled away from her lover and dragged before Jesus. The law says she should be condemned. Notice that the man is nowhere to be seen.
And as Jesus looks at the woman, he calls on the leaders to stone the woman, to uphold the law. But he calls on the leaders to uphold the law by acknowledging that they’ve followed the law perfectly. Jesus is telling the religious leaders that unless they are capable of following the law, which obviously they’re not, they are unable to judge the woman.
And they leave. All of them.
How wise we would be to leave the judging to the Judge.