In John 8:1-11 Jesus is being placed in a tricky spot. If Jesus says kill the adulteress, he is going against Roman law; since the Romans have conquered Israel, they set down the laws and according to Roman law only the Romans can carry out capital punishment. If Jesus says do not stone the adulteress then he is contradicting Jewish law which says that adulteresses must be stoned to death.
1. What is Jesus saying about the observation of Jewish law?
2. What sins can be forgiven according to Jesus?
3. In other places in the Gospels it says “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.” (Luke 6: 37) but “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.” (Luke 17:3). In the context of this passage in John, what is the difference between rebuking, judging and condemning?
4. Why do the eldest go away before the younger people?
Question about character
Look over the “Questions to discuss prior to Marriage” in the Resources reading. Which questions would help you understand the character of the person you are dating or considering to marry? What character traits or virtues do you think are essential for a good marriage? How do you know if your future spouse will have these character traits?