They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
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.
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
That was us, you know. We were the ones who were guilty of committing spiritual adultery against God. We may have been "born into it" initially but the Bible tells us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23). No one is righteous, not a single one of us! (Romans 3:10).
After David committed adultery with Bathsheba, he wrote Psalm 51.
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.
For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.
For I was born a sinner--yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me--now let me rejoice.
Don t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence, and don t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.
Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.
You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering.
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit--with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.
Psalm 51 (NLT)
We had not only committed spiritual adultery against God, we'd been caught in the very act by God! Like David said, we have sinned against God and God alone. He was the only one who was entitled to throw the first stone and we deserved it.
When "the accuser" (satan), brought us before Christ and we fell at His feet, Jesus did not condemn us; rather the One whom we had sinned against, forgave us and cleansed us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Though we deserved death, instead of death, He gave us life and He gave us life more abundantly! (John 10:10)
This is love... amazing love!
On 4/4/2011 I have been paralyzed from sholders down for 27 years. Lying in a ditch years ago with a broken neck, covered in gas, mud, vomit and alcohol the Lord had mercy. He did not let the accusers (family, friends, society, the devil and demons) have opportunity to stone me either.