In our last post, we saw Jesus being confronted with the woman caught in the act of adultery, by the religious leaders.
So, let’s take a look at the scripture setting again, along the rest of the story. John 8:4-11 (MKJV) they (Scribes and Pharisees) said to Him (Jesus), Teacher (or Rabbi), this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Joh 8:5 Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such should be stoned. You, then, what do you say?
Joh 8:6 They said this, tempting Him so that they might have reason to accuse Him. But bending down, Jesus wrote on the ground with His finger, not appearing to hear. (We noted; that there were two very important things listed, which on the surface, sounded strange. First, Jesus bent down (and acted like He didn’t even hear them) when they came to accuse the woman. Second, Jesus wrote on the ground with His finger. He did not use a branch, a twig, or even a piece of chalk. He used His finger. )
Why were these two things documented in this passage, as two of the important acts of Jesus in this situation?
If we looked at the previous verses, we would have noticed that Jesus was already teaching a crowd of people at the Temple, John 8:2. Then they came and placed in the middle of everyone, the woman who was caught in adultery. (No doubt, trying to humiliate her even further in front of the crowd of people. All the while, trying to justify their, half-acted upon actions.)
Jesus bending over and not immediately addressing the religious leaders. It more than likely infuriated these Scribes and Pharisees.
Remember, they came to try and trap the Lord Jesus, as well, in this event. John 8:6.
John 8:7 But as they continued to ask Him (showing they haven’t really paid attention to what He was doing yet), He lifted Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her. (This single statement by the Lord, silenced the religious rulers. It obviously, made them come closer to Him so they could see, why He was bent over. In doing so, they saw Him bend over towards the ground again.)
Joh 8:8 And again bending down, He wrote on the ground. (Now, He’s got their attention! It’s also very obvious that they’re reliving a King Belshazzar moment, [from our last post, if you need to read more on that section].)
Joh 8:9 And hearing (Wait! What did they hear? The words, which Jesus was no longer speaking [as some translations have translated it]? Or could it have been the sound of His finger writing, really etching into the ground, which please understand, it was solid stone! Remember, Jesus was in the Temple. From historians, photos, and personal experience, the inside of the Temple and the steps leading up to it, were and are – all solid stones. Other translations have translated it as “And hearing it!” I believe “it“ is a better understanding of what they heard. With His finger writing on the surface of the stone.
Either way, what really matters, is the fact that they were convicted of their sins and dropped their rocks), and being convicted by conscience, they went out one by one, beginning at the oldest, until the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
Joh 8:10 And bending back up, and seeing no one but the woman, Jesus said to her, Woman, where are the ones who accused you? Did not one give judgment against you?
Joh 8:11 And she said, No one, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I give judgment (or neither do I condemn you). Go, and sin no more.
My friends, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Hebrews 13:8. So, even before He died for all of our sin(s) on the cross. His heart or intent was shining through at this moment. For He was willing to forgive the woman and say, “Go, and sin no more.”
If this is true and it is, then how much more is He willing to do the same thing today?
When we go before the Lord and ask Him to forgive us. He doesn’t think about it for a while! No! He does it right then! Actually, He is even better than that. For you see the moment we ask Him into our hearts. He comes in and cleanses us from all sins, past, present, and future!
Now, hold on to your hats (rocks) for a moment, religious ones! 🙂 For this is called “Grace“.
We are not saved and forgiven based on our own performance. No! We are saved and forgiven based upon His performance, in taking our place on the cross. It is by His blood that we are cleansed and it is Holy, Sacred, Kingly-Royal, from the Father in heaven, blood that we are cleansed and receive salvation!
If the blood of bulls and goats could push Israel’s sins ahead for one year. Then how much more can the blood of “The Son of the Most High God”; the “Spotless Lamb of God”, cleanse us, Hebrews 9:11-14? My friends, He is “The Lamb” who was slain before the foundation of the world, Rev. 13:8
We cannot earn our way into heaven by our own works, deeds, good living, or anything else. Even though all these things are good and we should try to do them properly. However, if we could have earned our own way into heaven by our works, then Jesus would not have had to die for us on the cross.
Eph 2:8-9 (MKJV) For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,
Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
We can not say, “Look what I can do” and make it into heaven by our own works. Instead, it is all by our acceptance of what He has done for us. Oh hallelujah!
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