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DAY 17

— Read: John 8:1-20

I’m not a big fan of the news. Whenever I watch a journalist “interview” someone, it seems as though there’s an agenda behind the questions. The interview pokes and prods with the obvious intention of trying to pry something juicy from the person he or she is interviewing.

There’s a “gotcha” mentality in modern journalism that turns me off, which means the news is being “produced” or “coerced” and not merely “reported.”

Yes, I’m sure there are still some journalists out there who aspire to do their job without that “gotcha” mentality.

But I also realize there’s nothing new under the sun. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus dealt with the same nonsense. The Pharisees constantly questioned Him — not with a sincere heart, wanting to know the truth, but with a “gotcha” mentality. The Pharisees tried to set Him up, in what seemed like an impossible situation, in order that they might have an excuse to arrest Him and have Him executed.

The story of the woman caught in adultery is familiar to most.

The Pharisees wanted to trap Jesus with the “truth” of Mosaic Law, which commanded that adulterers be put to death. But Jesus asked them this:

“The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.”

One by one they dropped their stones and walked away. Beginning with the oldest. The oldest among them walked away first because they’d lived longer, so they knew the truth of their own sinful state.

That’s the wisdom that comes with age. It’s easy to have a sense of self-righteousness when we’re young and haven’t lived much life yet. But the older we get, the more we realize that we’re all broken souls in need of a Savior.

My brokenness with look different than your brokenness. My sinfulness will look different than your sinfulness.

But sin is sin. We’re all sinners. We all need a Savior.



— Diving Deeper —

How have the years given you wisdom?

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Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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