Posted by: Postordinandy | January 30, 2014

John 8 (pt 1)

I stood and watched from the shadows,

As the crowd, snarling and snapping,

Dragged her by her lovely hair to the middle of the square.

Throwing her bedraggled beauty at his feet,

Baying for her blood, desperate to damage,

Making her bait to trap the teacher.

.

He paused, his brow furrowed.

We all paused – it felt as though the very stones waited.

He, drawing patterns in the shifting sand,

She, precious, bruised and naked before him,

They, ready to bury her in rock,

Me, holding back tears and nervously checking for escape routes.

.

Eager to start with ending her,

Their demands falling on him like the stones they carried.

He invited them to start, but with a caveat that hit them hard:

If you are free from wrong-doing, go ahead“.

Avoiding each others’ gaze, the men slunk away,

Hypocrisy their only remaining burden.

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He remained, though.

No stone in hand, but compassion in his eyes and words.

I do not condemn you either, go, be free“.

She walked slowly away, not looking back, eyes raised, determined to be.

And he, he looked at the shadows where I stood,

And I knew that I, too, could be free.

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At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said.” Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” [John 8:1-11]

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