Join Dr. Tony Evans in this powerful sermon as he unpacks the profound message of John 8:1-11. Discover the transformative story of a woman caught in adultery, brought before Jesus by the religious leaders. Dr. Evans delves into the trap set for Jesus, the significance of Jesus writing on the ground, and the pivotal moment when Jesus challenges her accusers with a powerful question. Experience the grace and mercy of Christ as he reveals the depth of his forgiveness and encourages us all to value his love. SUBSCRIBE:… If you would like to download two encouraging, FREE full-length MP3s of Tony’s popular sermons: “The Sovereignty of God” and “How to Handle a Crisis,” you can do so by clicking on this link:…

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Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative and author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies. The first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and study Bible by an African American. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on over 1,400 radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. Dr. Evans’ sermons are also streamed and downloaded over 20,000,000 times annually. #tonyevans #tonyevanssermon #Freedom


I hope you know your value if you’ve

accepted Jesus Christ you are

blood-bought child of the Living God you

are a daughter and son of the most high

kid you are somebody because Jesus

thought well enough for you to die on

the cross for our sins and not only that

but he says you don’t have to earn my






I am sure that many most if not all

particularly if you have lived for a

while know what it is to have lost your


to have done something for which you are

ashamed that you regret

and perhaps it’s not only something in

the past but something from the past

that stays with you

because shame has a way of hanging out

hanging around

with our regrets

where we have failed and faulted

and you want your dignity back

in John chapter 8 we have a court case

we’ve been talking about the fact that

God does his business with us in a legal


Jesus has gone to the Mount of Olives

but early in the morning he comes again

verse 2

to the temple and all the people were

coming to him Jesus has drawn a crowd

and he sat down and he began to teach

the scribes and the Pharisees brought a

woman caught in adultery

and having said her in the center of the


they said to him teacher this woman has

been caught in adultery in this very Act

now the law of Moses commanded us to

Stone such a woman what then do you say

we’ve got a woman who’s been caught


her sin

is been identified

and worse than that it’s been made


because she’s in the court in the temple

where Jesus was teaching and a crowd had

gathered and the scribes and Pharisees

put her on blast

put on public display it’s bad enough

when you wrong

it’s worse when everybody else knows it

well she’s in public court

and she’s been found guilty by the

scribes who are the Jewish lawyers

and the Pharisees who were the religious


and they raised the question according

to verse 5 about what the law says

because this is a legal situation

they say the law of Moses says that for

this act she should be stoned

what say you Jesus

now we’re given something if they’ve

been getting a verse six they were

saying this testing him so that they

might have grounds for accusing him

so they weren’t just after the woman

they were after Jesus

but the accuser uses our sin to

discredit Jesus

so the woman is put on display but what

they’re really after

is Jesus

what say you Jesus the law says we ought

to Stone her

and it was a test it was a


let me tell you some of the elements of

the trick the test

the Jewish law did say you get stoned

but if Jesus would have stoned her based

on what the law said

then he would have gone against Roman


because the Roman law wouldn’t let Jews

commit capital punishment

so if he would have insisted on the

Jewish law

they could accuse him of breaking Roman

law so Rome could come after Jesus

because he broke Romans law by keeping

biblical law

but if he went to Roman law

then he would have rejected biblical law

if he would have said don’t Stoner then

he would have been going against what

the law of Moses said which was the


so he’s going to Catch-22 he then what a

friend of mine called the trick bag he’s

in a situation where either decision not

only that

but Jesus if you read the book of John

has been talking about compassion

compassion compassion compassion and

deliverance and saving and he’s been

talking about being compassionate

if he keeps the law of Moses then he’s

not exercising compassion

and so he discredits himself among the


but if he shows compassion and say don’t

Stoner then he’s disobeyed the law of


catch 22.

they were after Jesus

it was a trick it was a trap

to bring him down

by bringing her down

and so the situation is set

let’s go further

according to verse 6 when Jesus heard

the question

but Jesus at the end of verse 6 stooped

down and with his finger wrote on the


and when they persisted in asking him he

straightened up

and said to them he who is without sin

among you let him be first to throw a

stone at her

again he stooped down and wrote on the


when they heard it

they began to go out one by one

beginning with the older ones and he was

left alone and the woman where she was

in the center of the Court

something took place in these


something happened in the courtroom

that shook up the deliberations

the scribes and the Pharisees say we got


she’s caught

this is what the rules say this is what

the law says you’ve been talking all

this compassion stuff and all of that

what what say you what what do we do

what do we do with this situation Jesus

because we got you

we got you now now obviously they didn’t

know who they were talking to

but something happened in this courtroom

that is critical for me and you and us


to regain

what the enemy wants to steal John 10 10

says that the enemy comes to steal and

kill and destroy

when Jesus

gets asked the question

we’re told that he Stoops down in verse

six and with his finger writes on the


we’re told

that they kept asking him the question

verse 7.

he says he that is without sin cast the

first stone and he Stoops down and he

writes again

and when he writes the second time

case dismissed

so now that raises the question doesn’t


cause whatever he was writing

and whatever he was saying


the courtroom up

and everybody walked out of the


so the question is

what did he write


we’re not told what he wrote

we just told he wrote

then we told he wrote again

but whatever it was it was sufficient to

end the proceedings

maybe you need God to write something

for you

or me or us

that will get us out this courtroom

of judgment

the question is

what did he write


we’re not told

we just told that he wrote twice

the key to understanding what was


is understanding


what the discussion is about the

discussion is about the law of Moses

that’s what they’re talking about the

scribes and the Pharisees say the law of

Moses said that this woman should die

for her sins that’s what God’s law says

Jesus Stoops down

writes and responds so maybe if we just

go back to the law of Moses

since that’s what’s on this on the table

we will discover what was written

Dr Evans will be right back after this

important announcement



thank you foreign

let’s go back

let’s start a little bible study here

with Exodus

chapter 31. we’re coming back to John

but Exodus chapter 31.

verse 18.

when he had finished speaking upon Mount

Sinai God

he gave Moses two tablets of the

testimony Ten Commandments

tables of stone written by the Finger of


whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa

when I go back

to John chapter 8 verse 6 Jesus stooped

down with his finger

and wrote on the ground

they’re talking about the law of Moses

the law of Moses was written by the

Finger of God

God is the lawgiver he writes The Ten

Commandments on the tablet with his

finger they bring up to Jesus the law of

Moses Jesus takes his finger

Jesus say you want to talk about the law

Giver the law give a right with his


he doesn’t write on a tablet he writes

on some dirt

because the woman has been called Dirty

okay let’s go back to


chapter 34.

verse 1.

now the Lord said to Moses

cut out for yourself two stone tablets

like the former ones and I will write on

the tablets the words that were written

on the former tablets you shattered

oh wait a minute now we got it written


there are the former tablets

and now these are new tablets

why do we have a second set of tablets

because between chapter 31 and chapter


God’s people rebelled against him in sin

in evil they built the golden calf and

they departed from God and as a result

of their departure Moses broke the

tablets chapter 32 verse 19. it came

about as soon as Moses came near to the

camp that he saw the calf and the

dancing and Moses anger burned and he

threw the tablets from his hands and

shattered them at the foot of the


stay with me here

God gave them the tablets

the people rebelled against God Moses

broke the tablets in chapter 34 Verse 1

God re-raced the tablets why does God

rewrite the tablet number two after they

had failed with tablet number one given

the sin that took place between the two

tablets look at verse 6 of chapter 34.

when he writes the second tablet then

the Lord passed by in front of him and

proclaim the Lord God compassionate

gracious slow to anger abundant and

loving kindness and Truth who keeps

loving kindness for a thousand

generations and forgives iniquity

transgression and sins yet he will no

wise leave the guilty unpunished

he says tablet number one these are my


before he writes tablet number two they

break the rules

God says I want you to know something

else about my character I got the rules

but I’m also full of loving kindness

full of forgiveness

and removing of iniquity yet I still

gonna rewrite the tablets I don’t give

up my rules to be gracious but I don’t

let my rules keep me from being gracious

it tells him

that the tablets are to be Rewritten


it is in the midst of this

in between the two

you who are without sin cast the first


if you go now to Deuteronomy

chapter 17.

he says

in verse 6.

he says the first stone has to be from

the witnesses

so the first people who throw the stones

have to have be people who saw the sin

and it can’t be one person it’s got to

be two or at least three Witnesses

before judgment can be rendered and you

can’t be a witness and hide

you got to be the first to throw the

stone you just can’t be whispering in

secret I think I saw this I think I

heard that no you’re gonna throw the

stone first

because you are the one accusing them

now according to chapter 8

we saw this woman

in the very Act

so that means that there is some


that can testify

and that ought to be qualified to throw

the first stone

because you had to have two or three

Witnesses oh let’s take it a little


chapter 19 of Deuteronomy

verse 15.

a single Witness

shall not rise up against a man on

account of any iniquity or sin which he

has committed on the evidence

but on the evidence of two or three

Witnesses shall a matter be confirmed

if a malicious Witness

Rises up against a man to accuse him of


then both the men who have the dispute

shall stand before the Lord before the

priests and the judges who will be in

office he’ll be in a courtroom the

judges shall investigate thoroughly and

if the witness is a false witness he has

accused his brother falsely then you

shall do to him just as he had intended

to do to his brother thus you shall

Purge evil from among you oh it’s

getting deeper

if you’re going to be a witness

and you’re going to throw the first


but you are found to be a false witness

whatever was going to happen to the

person that you were judging now reverse

back and will happen to you

he says he that is without sin casts the

first stone

Deuteronomy 22 verse 22.

if a man is found lying with a married


then both of them shall die

the man who lay with the woman and the

woman thus you shall Purge the evil from


wait a minute

wait a minute

in John chapter 8.

only the woman is brought forth

but if you caught in the very Acts

that means there’s a man somewhere all


but just like today the woman is blame

and the man walks away

they bring the woman but do not bring

the man they broke the law

I think what you got here is a setup

I think the man was set up to be caught

with the woman which is why he’s not

brought forth he’s part of the plan

because the plan is to trap Jesus


so this woman is being used

she is being used

for Spiritual assaults

on Jesus Christ

it says when he wrote

the second time there had to be two

witnesses well there were not two

witnesses we’re talking about the law of

Moses they were not two witnesses


they all left

because if they broke the law they would

get the Judgment of the law that they

were bringing against the woman would

fall back on them

so because they didn’t want to be the

first to cast the stone which says I’m a

witness which says I know that man was

there but I didn’t bring him into court

which means I didn’t obey the law

then I’m under the Judgment I was going

to dispense

they didn’t know who they were dealing


Jesus Christ

watches them with the lady

all go all leave

but wait a minute

and then we got a court with no


it is hard to have a trial

and a decision

if there is no witness


this is not changing that the woman was


it does change what was the outcome in

the court

because there were no two witnesses

this leads to one of the most astounding




that I want to give you with

for me for you for us

to help you but also to help others

verse 10 of John 8.

straightening up

Jesus said to her


where are they

your accusers well I don’t see nobody

where are they

did not one condemn you

where’s your condemnation

and then he throws a line out here that



she said

no one Lord watch this now

not no one no one Lord I’m submitting to


I’m acknowledging you

I’m I’m not I’m not dealing with people

now because I’m dealing with you

no one Lord and Jesus says

I do not condemn you either


from now on sin no more

Jesus did not release her from the

reality of her sin what he released her

from was the condemnation of the

consequences of her sin because it was a

death penalty

Jesus in this courtroom becomes her


the thief comes to steal kill and

destroy John 10 10 but Jesus says I have

come to give you life and to give it to

you more abundantly John chapter 3 verse

17 God did not send his son into the

world to condemn the world

but that the world might have life

through him Romans 8 there is therefore

now no condemnation

to those who are in Christ Jesus

he tells the woman

since there are no Witnesses I don’t

condemn you not because you didn’t sin

but because I must invoke my law

and because my law has been breached

there are no Witnesses I am not going to

hold against you what you legitimately

deserve and the Biblical word is Mercy

I do not condemn you now here’s what you

need to know

yeah this is very important

he does not say

sin no more so that you don’t be


he says you are not condemned sin no


he doesn’t say

get right so that I can accept you

he says I accept you so get right

one of the reasons that we don’t get

right is we don’t value the acceptance

that we have in Jesus Christ

we don’t value the cross and because we

don’t value the fact that he didn’t and

doesn’t operate with us in a spirit of

condemnation we go and keep sinning he

says you’re not condemned

he says and neither do I

I want you to stop sinning because you

appreciate Mercy

I want you to stop saying because you

value my goodness to you and mercy

triumphs over judgment

I hope you know your value

if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ you are

a blood-bought child of the Living God

Jesus started well enough for you well

enough for me and well enough for us to

die on the cross in our place for our

sins and not only that but he says you

don’t have to earn my acceptance I’ma

accept you anyway I just want to see how

much you appreciate it

case dismissed

case dismissed

you are now free cause this courtroom

proceeding is over you know the best way

to make sure your case is dismissed

leave here today with Thanksgiving

leave it a day with gratitude leave here

today with appreciation

that you didn’t get what you could have

gotten if God would elect your accusers

have their way you would not be here

today but it is grace and mercy you

stand in this house with the privilege

of worshiping serving and obeying your

great king because guess what he said

about you every time the devil shows up

case dismissed I’ve already paid the






thank you