September 9, 2008 · 6:45 PM
Nicodemus, in John 7, said ,”Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing, and learning what he does?” Interesting that this woman brought before Jesus was brought without witness’ or at least none mentioned, and they hadn’t talked to her at all, at least not mentioned again. These were not just stones, but rocks to execute…put to death. THis is not how the Jews were taught, not according to the Torah.
Jesus writing in the dirt…in the first post I looked at it from the wondering stance of what did HE write. But really this is the finger of God writing in the dirt. As I take that in…my mind becomes so full I can hardly contain it! Exodus 8:19 the magicians with Pharoah exclaimed that the plagues were the finger of God.. Exodus 31:18 the finger of God writes the ten commandments on the stone tablets… Luke 11:20..Jesus tells them of driving out demons with the finger of God… The finger of GOD writes the laws and passing the judgement.
Although I do not believe we are the Judge, I do believe we are called at times to judge the difference between truth and the lie. Also anything that is standing against the Word of God, not only should we throw a stone at..but it should be stomped under our feet. We still need to keep each other accountable, and we need to rebuke in love. Matthew 18 has some ways that sin should be addressed, and again it calls for a witness…
Just some more thoughts on this passage..thanks to Jason for enlightening me! thank you J!
September 9, 2008 · 9:53 AM
The Adulterous Woman
1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought* a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, 4they said* to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5“Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” 6They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”]
Carl has some very good thoughts on this, and lots that I have pondered…go check them out.
I have always been amazed by this story..first where is the man that also took place in this adultery? Maybe it seemed like the “manly thing” but we have lots of names for the woman. (again I am not seeing much difference in todays thinking than at this time) The Pharisees and scribes were looking to trap Jesus. (as if) My heart goes out to her. I believe Jesus heart went out to her as well. She was used to set up Jesus, even if it would kill her, that didn’t matter to them. The message Jesus gave to them is incredible and one that we all could stand to learn and relearn. “Let him without sin throw the first stone”. Me, myself, have no stones to throw. I am not more than anyone. I do see this as a lesson to the church. Are we quick to judge? Do we bear false witness? Are we setting anyone up at anothers cost? think before you answer…Do you have any stones to throw?
I love that Jesus is the light of the world! The darkness is soooo dark…and I have great fear of that kind of darkness. Running in to HIS light is the best thing I can think of, all at once, everything is laid in the open, and we can truly move forward in it. Praise you Jesus! I love the Light!
There is an old post that was written on the truth setting you free, you can check it out if you like. I am not going to go into now…but if Jesus has ever set you free…then YOU ARE FREE, the rest is a lie. PEACE, Have a good day in the Lord!