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8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.7 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.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
This story has come to me in my readings alot this week. That is always my sign that God wants me to sit and study and read this so much that I have memorized it and see the whole reason behind it. Bible stories are old but they have so much we can pull from it these days that reach us where we are in 2016.
We see that Jesus is just doing His thing in verse 1. He is at the temple and sitting and teaching the people who are coming to sit with Him. He has done this since He was a young boy. But we have the Pharisees. The men who do all they can to separate themselves and try to prove they are superior and at this time they continually are trying to prove Jesus is a fraud. They are defined as being ‘hypocrites’. They see how popular Jesus is and they don’t like it.
The Pharisee come to him. They have brought a woman who was ‘caught in adultery’. How she was caught is not explained. But the Pharisees have no care for how they have humiliated her. All they want to do is come at Jesus and make Him look like a fraud. I feel for this girl.
They brought her and ‘stand her before the group’. In the King James they say they stand her ‘in the midst’. “Midst” means the middle. They made her stand in the middle of this group of people that Jesus has been sitting and teaching. All these eyes are on her. While the Pharisees point and tell Jesus this horrible thing she has done. Then they state the Law of Moses. The law that says she is to be stoned! As if they are saying ‘Jesus what are you going to do with this?!’
By now Jesus had been standing up and probably looking at this girl like everyone else was. I can see him calmly bend over and draw something in the sand. Not a clue what it is. We could make so many guesses. The Pharisees at this point are nagging him for an answer. Jesus, again. calmly stands up. And He opens a can of worms. HUGE can of worms.
You see He not only saw her sin. He saw everyone’s sin. He didn’t see hers as any more horrible than what everyone else was doing. He basically put a mirror up to their faces and made them see what He saw. Yet again He calmly goes back to drawing in the sand.
I would love to know what He was drawing.
Then when all was said and done and after everyone turned and walked away because they realized they were no better than this woman. Jesus stood up. The one man who had the right to stone her because He was without sin. But He doesn’t. He just asks her where everyone went-?? He asks her “Did no one condemn you?” What a question?!
I have to ask myself -why this question ? It was obvious. Did He just want her to see? To see that no one was any better than her? They had all sinned too. No one is any better than her. No one. Except…Jesus.
He doesn’t let her off. He acknowledges her sin. But He shows her grace and mercy. And again a strange request. “Sin no more”. Ha. But He again knows. He knows we all sin. He knows none of us are better than the other. He knows we will sin again. And again.
He loves us UNCONDITIONALLY. He FORGIVES us always. Come to Him and He will set you free. Just come.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32