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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Woman Caught in Adultery

              The Woman Caught in Adultery --  John 8:1-11 

             Jesus was teaching His Word of Truth in the Temple when the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.  Now the Law of Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?”  No doubt they set the woman in the center of the Court of Women in the Temple.  Notice that these Pharisees called Jesus “Teacher” not “Lord” because He was not their Lord.  They had rejected Him.  The Law that they were referring to was in Leviticus 20:10.  The scribes and Pharisees were always trying to trick Jesus into disobeying the Law God gave Moses to prove that He was not Divine.  Jesus had to obey the Law of Moses because He came to fulfill it.  Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit gave the Law to Moses because they were One in the beginning before the foundation of the world. 
            They (Pharisees) were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. V6  The Law regarding adultery said, “If there is a man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, one who commits adultery with his friend’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”  Notice that the Law said that both the adulterer (man) and the adulteress (woman) must both be put to death.  They were equally guilty.  These scribes and Pharisees only brought the woman to Jesus for the sentence of death.  They were breaking the very Law that they were condemning her for disobeying.  Could they be the adulterers? 
            Jesus stooped down (humbled Himself) and with His finger wrote on the ground.  V6b   Jesus buried the accusing finger in the sand. Moses buried his sin (the one he murdered) in the sand, but Jesus buried the accusing, condemning finger in the sand.  Jesus did not come the first time to condemn but to save.  As God wrote the Ten Commandments by His finger, Jesus wrote something in the sand with His finger.  What Jesus wrote silenced them.  I believe He wrote the very Law that they were disobeying.  It is the Word of God that convicts.  These scribes and Pharisees knew the Law! They saw that Jesus knew they were in disobedience to the very Law they were using to convict the woman, and they were convicted also.  In scripture, the Law is used always in the singular.  Even though there are 613 “laws” within the Law, God sees it as one Law because to disobey one part of the Law is to disobey all of it.  Jesus sees His Body of believers as One Body in Him as He and the Father are One.
         The first time Jesus wrote in the sand, the Pharisees didn't walk away but persisted in questioning Him.  Jesus then stood up (which is the position of authority and action), and spoke His Word to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  V7  Jesus didn't come right out and call them sinners.  Instead He let them decide for themselves. Jesus not only knew their hearts, He knew the Law of Moses because He was fulfilling it in their hearing and in their seeing. But, because they rejected Jesus, they were spiritually blinded to the Truth.  These Pharisees were into condemning, not showing mercy. Since they were sinning by breaking the very Law they were condemning this woman for, how could they condemn this woman sinner?  “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Since all humans are sinners, we do not have the right to judge the sin of others.  We are called to speak the Truth in love toward their salvation, not their destruction.  Love must always be our motivation because love is God's motivation even in His discipline and correction.
            Jesus stooped down again and wrote on the ground.  V8   Jesus wrote in the sand twice.  The first time represented the Law that cannot spiritually save and give spiritual, eternal life.  The Law brings death for disobedience, and because no human can live up to its standards death is imminent.  The second time Jesus wrote in the sand represents grace that saves the sinner and brings spiritual life.  This is the two testaments of the Word that bring us to salvation in Jesus and reveals God’s mercy, grace, love and eternal life through Him.  While writing on the ground to these hypocrites, Jesus was in a humbled position teaching them the position that believers are to be in.  What Jesus wrote in the sand convicted her accusers so they quickly turned and left. 
            Then Jesus straightened up and said to the adulteress, Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one Lord.”  And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”  V11   This adulterous woman stayed with Jesus but the Jewish Pharisees and scribes rejected Him by walking away.  The scribes and Pharisees sought justice without mercy.  Jesus showed this woman sinner that justice is always mixed with God’s love and mercy.  Jesus not only offered this adulteress woman grace, He also spoke the Truth to her without condemnation. These scribes and Pharisees were hypocrites who operated under the letter of the Law without the Spirit of God which is love.
            This adulterous Woman became the Bride of Christ who stays with Jesus until the end, and brings others to Him for eternal life.  Those who are forgiven much, love Jesus much.

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