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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: Each chapter in this book explores the story of a different person in the Bible who was imprisoned, and considers the unique way that God was at work in their situation. The purpose of this book is to encourage people who are currently incarcerated by showing them how God has worked through the dif cult situation of imprisonment many times before. Codice inventario libreria

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Riassunto: Each chapter in this book explores the story of a different person in the Bible who was imprisoned, and considers the unique way that God was at work in their situation. The purpose of this book is to encourage people who are currently incarcerated by showing them how God has worked through the difficult situation of imprisonment many times before. This book will be a helpful resource if you are:

  • involved in a Books to Inmates program
  • looking for a book to send to a loved-one who is incarcerated 
  • a prison ministry leader or prison chaplain
  • leading a prison Bible study or small group (each chapter includes points for discussion/personal reflection that can be good starting points for conversation). 
  • leading a church service in a jail or prison 
God has love and compassion for the prison, regardless of what crime they've committed. People in the Bible were imprisoned for many reasons, including:
  • murder
  • false accusations
  • alleged sex crimes
  • violence
  • their beliefs
  • betrayal 
  • adultery 
  • their beliefs 
and more.  The stories covered include: 
  • Joseph's imprisonment/how he handled false accusations of sexual assault 
  • Hagar's restraining order 
  • Moses' death warrant following the murder of a government official
  • How negative influences in Samson's life led to his incarceration 
  • How Manasseh found redemption in prison after committing multiple murders 
  • the way Daniel focused on spiritual growth in captivity 
  • how Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had to depend on their trust and faith in God 
  • the way a former violent demoniac became Jesus' messenger and missionary 
  • Jeremiah fearing for his well-being in prison after being abused
  • John the Baptist's murder in prison 
  • the trial of a young woman who had committed adultery 
  • how Jesus himself was arrested
  • Barabbas being set free so that Jesus could be condemned
  • Jesus' conversation with a death row inmate while his execution was being carried out 
  • how an angel helped Peter while he was in jail 
  • how Paul learned to be content in prison 
  • Jehoiachin's release from prison after decades of incarceration 
If you would like to preview the book, click on the Look Inside the Book feature on the top left of this page. 

Dall'autore: Excerpt:   Copyright © 2012 Zach Sewell. 
Chapter Twelve
A Woman Arrested for Adultery: 
Public Humiliation and a Fresh Start 


Think about a time when you were embarrassed by your own actions. Imagine being caught in the middle of your most humiliating and sinful action and then imagine being taken to a public place for everyone to hear about it. 
That's the beginning of the story of a woman who met Jesus one day. She was not planning on meeting Jesus, but the trouble she was in led her to Him. People have been meeting God through unusual circumstances for all of history, and this woman's story is one of those in which someone met God in the middle of a giant mess. The woman probably thought Jesus would condemn her, but He showed her and everyone else present what grace is all about.
The woman was in custody because she had been caught committing adultery, which was a crime in her culture. Her trial was a public and embarrassing one--she was taken to the church where people had gathered to hear Jesus teach early in the morning. They were surprised when she arrived with her prosecutors.

Since she was taken to the temple at dawn, it's likely that her affair had been discovered in the middle of the night. She may have been terrified and running on fear-fed adrenaline or the whole thing may have seemed tragically surreal. 

Her reputation was ruined. Since she was Jewish, most of the people at the temple would probably know her or at least recognize her. The punishment for her actions was death. The only thing that could have outweighed the embarrassment and shame of her uncovered sin would have been the fear of her imminent execution. 

The method of execution for her crime was stoning, in which people would throw rocks at an offender until the person died. Sometimes this happened at the city gate, but sometimes a woman who had been convicted of a sexual crime would be executed right in front of her parents' home (Deuteronomy 22:20-24). Based on what we know about her circumstance, this woman probably would have been executed at the city gate.  When I was a teenager, an organization that educates people about drunk driving visited my high school. We all went to the parking lot where they had placed a car that an intoxicated driver had crashed. It looked like a soda can that someone had stepped on. They wanted us to see the results of driving drunk. 

When the people dragged the woman into the temple courts, everyone probably looked at her in the same way we had looked at the wrecked car. She was a tragedy on display for everyone to stare at. Her private affair had become a public matter: 

Scripture Quoted Here: John 8:1-11

What do we Know About the Woman? 

The woman had committed adultery, so was she married? She was probably engaged. The Pharisees mention in John 8:5 that the Old Testament taught that a woman who committed her crime should be stoned. The Old Testament law specifically describes stoning as the punishment for an engaged woman who committed adultery (Deuteronomy 22:20-21, 23-24). 

For a married woman who committed adultery, however, the punishment was death by an unspecified method (Leviticus 20:10, Deuteronomy 22:22). Since the Pharisees stated that the Old Testament taught that the woman should be stoned, then we can safely assume she was engaged. Since she was engaged, she may have been fairly young--probably in her late teens or early twenties. Her relationship with her fiance? and extended family was most likely destroyed by her actions. 

What Everyone There Had In Common with the Woman 

In His response to the questions, Jesus showed that all people, whether they're publicly condemned or not, are in need of grace. They lived in a shame-and-honor culture, in which only the publicly condemned were put to shame. People with hidden sins were in good standing. 

Jesus disrupted that way of thinking by challenging everyone to think about what they had in common with the woman instead of how they were different: "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her" (John 8:5). Before Jesus said that, many people in the crowd had probably been dissecting her with judgmental stares from a comfortable distance, as if they were watching an episode of COPS. But Jesus pointed out t hat sin was the common denominator between the woman and everyone else there.

Grace 
When everyone left and the woman told Jesus that nobody had condemned her, he responded, "Then neither do I condemn you." One author highlights an important insight here: "It is important to notice that Jesus did not say he did not find her guilty. She was guilty; he said he did not condemn her."1 Adultery is a serious mistake with serious consequences (see Proverbs 5:1-23, 6:32, Matthew 5:27-30, and Hebrews 13:4). It's selfish, it betrays trust, and at its worst can break families apart and damage the psyche of a couple's child. This makes the message of Jesus more powerful: "I don't condemn you either." But if we just picture Jesus saying, "Not guilty," we will miss the best part of the story. He was extending grace.

Grace was a new concept at that time. The people were familiar with mercy, but mercy and grace are not exactly the same. It is often said that they are like opposite sides of the same coin. A person can be in need of mercy even if they have not done anything wrong. A medical mission team may travel to an impoverished part of the world in order to show mercy to people who are malnourished. Many living in extreme poverty did not bring their circumstances on themselves, but they are still in need of mercy. A blind man once asked Jesus to have mercy on him, even though it obviously wasn't his fault that he was blind (Luke 18:35-43). But people are in need of grace when they have messed up. Jesus knew the woman was guilty, and he gave her the opportunity to move forward and change her life. 
A friend of mine was recently talking about the first time she  signed up for Facebook. She said she went to facebook.com and it said, Facebook: It's free and always will be. She pointed out that that's how grace is.
God's grace is free and always will be. The only cost of grace is accepting it. Like any other gift, it can be refused, discarded, or forgotten. Truly accepting a gift means that we find a place for it in our lives. People refuse grace by pushing God away or forgetting about the grace they've received. They keep living on their own terms as if God doesn't exist.

Moving Forward 
When everyone left, the woman was probably the most surprised of anyone that she had not been condemned. She had just been in crisis mode since she thought she was going to die. Up until that moment, she did not think she had a future. Even if she did make it out alive, her reputation was in ruins which was even a bigger deal then than it is now. Jesus, then, gave her a challenge for her future, "Go now and leave your life of sin" (John 8:11). Jesus implies that her life is worth continuing to live by challenging her to live a better, more responsible life going forward. Despite the wreckage she was in, the best days of her life may have been ahead of her -- because of grace. 

Points for Reflection/Discussion 


  • Jesus challenged the woman to move forward with her life despite what she had lost (reputation, probably a relationship, etc.) In what ways may God be challenging you to move forward despite what you have lost? 
  • The woman experienced deep shame when her affair was exposed to the crowd at the temple. Have you ever felt deeply humiliated? 
  • Why do you think Jesus didn't condemn the woman?    
  • In John 3:17, Jesus says, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." What does this verse teach us about the nature of God? 
  • The Pharisees used the woman to try and trap Jesus. Have you ever felt used? 
  • What role does God's grace play in your life?    

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