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“Questions of Pertinence”

John 8: 10: “Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?’” Jesus’ point was not, since no one was left who was against what the woman had done, her sin was permissible. It was still sin. But the Pharisees’ goal had not been justice, but condemnation; not of the woman, but of Jesus. That goal having been thwarted, why still drag the woman through the mud, especially since her companion was conveniently absent? So, was her act still sin? Yes, or why else would Jesus have said, “From now on sin no more”?

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