Please read John 7:53-8:11 The Voice (VOICE)
This passage of Scripture tells the story of the woman caught in adultery and brought before Jesus by the Pharisees. The Pharisees were a member of an ancient Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity. They also claimed Mosaic authority for their interpretation of Jewish Laws.
In this passage we have a complete cast of characters. We join Jesus teaching in the Temple, the Pharisees dragging the woman caught in adultery before Jesus, and we have the woman fighting for her life. However, there is one person missing. The man who was with the woman when she was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses states that those caught in adultery need to be stoned to death. Deuteronomy 22:22 The Voice (VOICE) reads as follows:
22 If it’s discovered that a man has been having sexual relations with a married woman, both the man and the woman must be put to death. Expel the wicked from Israel this way.
But where is the man? He seems to be absent from the scene of this drama, or is he? Jesus stoops down and writes in the dirt. We do not know what he wrote, but based on the reaction of the woman’s accusers we could speculate that it might have been the name of the woman’s adulteress partner. Is the woman’s partner one of the men accusing the woman? We will never know. What we do know is that the woman’s accusers all leave the scene after Jesus does his writing in the dirt.
Was Jesus writing names or was Jesus writing the sins of the woman’s accusers. Or, was Jesus just writing in the dirt? Jesus’ only comment to the Pharisees is, “Let the first stone be thrown by the one among you who has not sinned.” After Jesus makes this statement, the accusers exit from oldest to youngest. Amazing how those apparently unwilling to address their sins are silenced and leave the woman alone before Jesus.
Even more interesting is the fact that Jesus has dialogue with the woman, but has no dialogue with her accusers. Apparently, Jesus knew that his conversation with the woman would be of some benefit because she is willing to own her sin and talk to him. Whereas, the Pharisees were good at testing God, but not willing to enter into discussion for further developments and truth.
Through prayer during this Lenten season we have the opportunity to come to Jesus with our sins, resentments, and disappointments. In doing so, further developments will emerge as we converse with the Lord and gain truth about our sins and receive the healing words of Jesus, “I do not condemn you either; all I ask is that you go and from now on avoid the sins that plague you.”
Lord help us to come to you when we are caught in our sins or when we are caught up in our sins and realize that your truth as the only way out. Amen
Pastor Wally Burman
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