SERIES: N Commandments

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Journey Church


  • Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. – Matthew 28:19-20 (760)


  • Question: What would it look like to be a follower of Jesus before there was a Bible?


  • Jerusalem / Temple Mount – in Jesus’ time site of Temple (epicenter of God’s activity)


  • Big court = Court of the Gentiles / Court of the Women / Altar and place where sacrifices were butchered / Holy of Holies (holiest place for ancient Judaism)


This is where our story takes place…


  • Jewish worshippers / path to atonement (stairway to heaven, forgiveness, etc.)


  • Ascend with sacrifices, sin, and guilt – leave at altar – descend forgiven and their relationship with God restored


TEXT: John 8:2-11 (816)

but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. (8:2)


As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. (8:3)


  • This wasn’t about what to do with her, this was how can we use this situation to trap Jesus?


  • They want a public spectacle / they have an agenda


“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” (8:4-5)


  • Act of adultery (not a rumor, caught) / Exodus 20:14 / not peripheral law, from the Ten Commandments


  • She’s been there before with a sacrifice, now she is the sacrifice / aware of her sin

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. (8:6)


  • Motive: trap Jesus / Jesus sides against Moses and the law and the Temple the people will turn on Him / Sides with Moses and the law and the Temple, the people will lose faith in His new message


  • Are you greater than the law, than the Temple, than Moses?!


  • Jesus writes in dust on ground / conveyed inattention


They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. (8:7-8)


  • He was giving them time to expose their hearts to the people around them…and to expose their hearts to themselves


  • Plan comes tumbling down on them / standing in the courtyard, climbed the stairs, walked through the gate = reminded of all their sin


When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. (8:9)


  • Just Jesus and the woman standing in the middle of the courtyard in the middle of the crowd


Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” (8:10)


  • Condemn = force you to pay for what you’ve done


“No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” (8:11)


  • “I don’t condemn you either.” / I will not force you to pay for what you have done


  • I am greater than Moses, the law, and the Temple sacrificial system


  • Go and sin no more – you are free to go, and from now on, sin no more…


Sin Not. That’s today’s N Commandment.


The NOT command is simply, “sin not.” This is the tone of Jesus – it may not be the tone you grew up with in your church, your family, with Christians you’ve met.


  • Jesus exposes His heart toward sinners / Tone was not condemning, His tone was all about compassion / He urged, He did not condemn / I urge you, leave your life of sin – sin not


  • Every sin comes pre-packaged with a penalty


  • Every time you sin, something dies. Sin kills things.


  • Jesus: Sin not. Leave your life of sin. I don’t need to punish you, I don’t need to condemn you, because your sin has already punished you. Your sin has already hurt you. It’s already killed your reputation in the community.


  • In the Temple model, when you sin you break God’s law / Jesus: When you sin you break God’s heart – because He knows that your sin will eventually break


  • The consequences of sin are the reason Jesus urges YOU to leave your life of sin.


  • Jesus would die for her adultery (and ours), her sin (and ours) – that’s how we know Jesus’ tone was urging and not condemning


  • When someone is willing to die for you, you don’t have to wonder where you stand with them.


  • Question: What’s your sin?


  • Today’s N Commandment = sin not


  • Much easier to get ENTANGLED than it is to get UNTANGLED


  • Phillip Yancey: “God took an incredible risk by announcing your forgiveness ahead of time.”


  • Sin not – leave your life of sin (Jesus urges you)

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