AN ADULTEROUS WOMAN WAS CHASED DOWN THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM AS SHE TRIED TO ESCAPE HER CAPTORS.
WHEN THEY CAUGHT HER, THE PHARISEES, SANHEDRIN AND LAW KEEPERS WERE NOT NECESSARILY MAD AT the woman for the act, otherwise they would have brought the adulterous man also as evidence.
They would have also brought her husband to testify.
They also knew how to pass the Law of Moses judgment independent of Jesus, which was to stone the accused adulterous woman to death.
At this time, the keepers of the Law had been looking to implicate Jesus. To cause Him to be conflicted in His responses between the Law and The Grace.
So they tested him severally. Not so much as for the case at hand, but they were building a case to accuse Him for His own trial and conviction.
1. Whether they should pay tax to Caesar?
2. Whether He could heal on the sabbath?
3. Whether He & Disciples could pluck ears of corn on sabbath?
4. Whether He could forgive sin?
5. Whether He could sup & dine with sinners?
The Law givers were the finest of scholars. Very witty, intelligent and crafty. These were not simple tests.
They were tests that were capable of conflicting one not so know-legible with the Government of the day. They were capable of laying foundation for treason and treasonable felony charges with evidence.
But the Master Advocate showed more Mastery than the Law keepers on all fours.
The Law givers asked Him if it was okay to pay tax to Caesar considering that offerings and tithes should also be brought into God’s House…
Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.
The Bible records that when they heard these words they marveled, left Him, and went their way.
The other test was when Jesus was faced with a man with a withered hand at the temple. Jesus had compassion to heal the man.
Again, they watched Him to accuse Him, if He dared to heal on the sabbath.
But He sensed their trap again and asked?
Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? To safe life, or to kill? Mark. 3:4. KJV.
The Bible again records that they held their peace as their accusation could not be substantiated, knowing it was good to do good not evil even on the sabbath.
Walking through the cornfield with His disciplines and being hungry, they plucked the ears of the corn for a meal.
He was accused of “working” on the sabbath.
He also reminded them that King David when he fled from King Saul entered the temple and ate bread meant for the priests and not lawful for David or his men to eat. He submitted further that..
The son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. Matt. 12:8. KJV.
The man with palsy had very good friends who heard that Jesus was in the house.
They removed the roof of the house where He was and let their friend down for Jesus to heal him.
He did …
When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
But they were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?
And then he asked Zacchaeus the tax collector to come down from the sycomore tree in Luke 19:5:
Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house”.
Indeed the salvation that came to the house of Zacchaeus was so powerful he restituted and gave back four fold everyone he has cheated.
In all of these tests The Master had Mastery and could handle all allegations and accusations.
He set the records straight and shut the mouth of the Pharisees & Sadducees who came accusing Him to find fault.
So this adulterous woman whom Jesus asked in John 8:10 thus:
Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
She said , No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her,
Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
The level of sincerity among the crowd is shocking.! They were all convicted in their hearts that they were all sinners and as such lacked the moral justification to cast the first stone.
It is doubtful that the woman’s husband was in the crowd. Since he wasn’t, is it possible that he also would not have been able to cast a stone where he in the crowd?
I have heard this expression used wrongly and out of context. Some have used it to justify their ways and conduct.
Others have used it to show that none is above sin. But they forget the portion where Jesus said the woman should go and sin no more.
It would have been interesting to follow this up, to know what the husband did after he heard his wife was being paraded half nude down the streets and dragged to Jesus.
It would be interesting to know what happened subsequently to the adulterous man the adulterous woman was caught in the act with and perhaps how his own wife took it, when she came into this knowledge.
This speaks to the Commandment Moses gave in: Ex. 20:14
Thou shall not commit adultery.
It is the consequences of this act that’s very difficult to swallow or deal with.
The only virtue married people have is their nudity to each other and not ashamed as depicted in Gen. 2:25:
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
This is a strong code that holds the union together. Once broken, it’s very difficult to mend.
The men cannot deal with it. Their ego is bruised by this. The women, perhaps to a large extent have come to accept that one in five would be “tempted” in this wise. Even when they do “forgive” it hardly goes away. Indeed in their due diligence, they try to scrutinize the man often to ensure if there’s such a temptation brewing, they would nip in the bud quickly.
Somehow, the husband in this story may have allowed his marriage and relationship to slide down the line to this point.
Perhaps he no longer “chased” her the way he once did when he was wooing her. He no longer wrote her poems and songs.
He no longer told her those beautiful things that won her over. He hardly even complimented her dressing, her looks or her efforts.
On the other hand, perhaps the woman was attracted to him while he was wealthy. Now he’s no longer wealthy and cannot meet her financial needs someone else starts meeting those needs and now makes sexual demands.
It’s very easy to take one for granted over the years and nothing the person does gets any form of appreciation.
A married lady recounted how she went marketing to clinch a deal. When she was done the gentleman she sold the item to asked her how she came. She said by public transport.
The gentleman asked his driver to drop her. She said she couldn’t help comparing this kind gesture to what her husband would never do for her even though the husband had cars.
A friend of mine lost his wife. It was after the wife died that he realized how lonely he was and how difficult it was for him to fill that void.
He tried looking for her in so many women and couldn’t find her. He confessed that he took her for granted and the things she was doing to glue the family together while she was alive. He’s decided to remain a widower.
It’s time to take stock this 2019.
It may be the adulterous man that was going to be stoned to death.
Perhaps we have not been found out, caught in the act yet or disgraced openly like this adulterous woman, but our hearts have convicted us.
Let’s accept the forgiveness of Jesus as all our accusers have fled. Let’s sin no more.
Let’s make our marriages and relationships work. So many singles out there are fantasying and wishing to be married someday. Let’s be their role model.
Let’s appreciate each other again. Let’s start seeing those things we used to see when we were dating.
Let’s appreciate the efforts the other makes.
Let’s be there for each other.
We can make it work again, if we try.
Let’s make it count…