Most of us have heard of the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8. The religious leaders brought this woman before Jesus in an attempt to trap Him with a question: “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?” Instead of humoring them, the Bible says, “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.’”
Jesus was not violating the law by sparing this woman; He was actually protecting it from duplicity. The Pharisees had only brought one of the two parties guilty of adultery. The man was nowhere to be found—and the law called for the death of both parties. The Pharisees had tried to trap Jesus, but they were being hypocritical.