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BIBLICAL MORALS VERSES SOCIAL NORMS

August 31, 2015

Monday

 

John 8:9

 

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

 

 

LESSON

 

The scribes and Pharisees’ actions “confessed” their guilt. Evidently the older ones among them had the tenderest consciences. They had plotted to kill the woman by a questionable, probably fraudulent execution, but her crime only involved committing adultery. Adultery is no insignificant sin, but next to murder it has less severe consequences. Time and accumulated wisdom frequently increase one’s sense of personal guilt, unless a person hardens his or her heart completely. Probably we should understand the text (“He was left alone”) as implying that all the critics had departed, which would have left Jesus, the woman, and perhaps other onlookers. This left the woman and Jesus with no accusers. The action of the woman’s accusers was remarkable. Jesus’ words brought deep conviction to inveterate opponents remarkably soon. To top it off,

they ended up making a public declaration of their own guilt, and dropping their charge against the woman—even though she was evidently guilty of adultery.

We need to let our conscience be our guide. Why Are Christians Afraid to Listen to Conscience? Some in the Christian church are not sure of what they believe about the human conscience. The Word of God reminds us that conscience is always on God’s side, judging conduct in the light of the moral law, either excusing or accusing. Conscience is only a joke to many in our day. It seems almost unbelievable that it has gotten to the point where we must defend the whole concept of human conscience if we are to speak of it seriously

 

Memory Verse: Mark 10:31

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