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John 7:53—8:11: Caught in Adultery

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of John.

Nothing is more humiliating than being caught in an act of disobedience! Whether it's a child with his hand in the cookie jar or an adult driving over the speed limit, we all know the sinking feeling of being caught. In John 8, a woman is caught in the most awkward of situations—in the very act of adultery. The way Jesus responds to her may surprise you.

Warming Up to God

Think of a time when you hurt someone and that person was willing to forgive you. How did it feel to be forgiven? Thank God for extending forgiveness to you.

Read John 7:53—8:11

Discovering the Word

  • What do we know about the character and motives of those who bring this woman to Jesus?
  • While it is obvious that the woman is guilty, what elements of injustice can you find in this situation?
  • The Pharisees and teachers were often very self-righteous. Why do you think they went away rather than stoning the woman (vv. 7-9)?
  • How would you describe Jesus' attitude toward the woman (vv. 10-11)?

Applying the Word

  • What can we learn from this passage about Christ’s attitude toward us—even when we feel awful about ourselves?
  • What does it teach us about forgiving and accepting others?
  • Who do you need to offer your forgiveness to?

Responding in Prayer

Ask God to show you what it means to forgive.