Author: Lisa Graas
•4/07/2003 11:53:00 AM
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The story of Susanna and the judges is quite long but good reading, especially for anyone who is being falsely accused. Susanna was falsely accused of adultery by the two judges of the community who lusted for her and brought the false accusation against her when she refused to lie with them in the garden. Susanna is a model of the sheep at peace with the Shepherd in today's Psalm.

In the Gospel reading, we have the story of the woman who was accused of adultery before Jesus. He said,

"Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

A very interesting part of this story is the account of His writing in the dirt as they were accusing the woman. This is the only time when Jesus is known to have written something and, although I don't know if it is true or not, it is said that He was writing the sins of the accusers in the dirt and that this is what caused them to walk away
without saying anything.

It is a horrific thing to be falsely accused, but remember that it is most horrific in the end for the one who accuses. He who has fallen into sin is to be pitied, not feared. He is to be prayed for, not conspired against. Fear not the dark valley because the Good Shepherd knows all things and He will never lead you into destruction.

God bless you.
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