Let's Talk About Heroism

by Samantha Tidball

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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BEING A HERO

John 8:1-11

And Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he returned to the temple. All the people gathered around him, and he sat down and taught them. The legal experts and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery. Placing her in the center of the group, they said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone women like this. What do you say?” They said this to test him, because they wanted a reason to bring an accusation against him. Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger.

They continued to question him, so he stood up and replied, “Whoever hasn’t sinned should throw the first stone.” Bending down again, he wrote on the ground. Those who heard him went away, one by one, beginning with the elders. Finally, only Jesus and the woman were left in the middle of the crowd.

10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Is there no one to condemn you?”

11 She said, “No one, sir.”

Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on, don’t sin anymore.”

Key Passage: 

Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Is there no one to condemn you?” She said, “No one, sir.” Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on, don’t sin anymore.” —John 8:10-11

 

Commentary:

Jesus didn’t only value others quietly in his heart; he also valued them out loud. In this story, Jesus stood up to the keepers of the law, even at the risk of being stoned. Jesus had authority to condemn this woman; however, he used this opportunity to show those judging her that she was valuable. Even though she had sinned, Jesus treated her with love and respect. When Jesus told the Pharisees and religious teachers to throw a stone if they were without sin, he proved an important point: No one is more righteous than another. Valuing others in the way of Jesus requires valuing others out loud and not just in our hearts. Jesus stood up to these abusers by putting them in a humble place while showing this woman her true value. We too must value others out loud, especially when we witness them being bullied, abused, or devalued by others.

 

Questions to Discuss:

What does it feel like when someone stands up for you?

When was a time you stood up for someone else in a public way?

What did Jesus risk by standing up to the religious teachers and Pharisees?

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