Naked Before the Lord

In John 8:1-11 we learn about the adulteress woman and how Jesus responded to her and the situation.

There was more going on then Pharisees calling her out for her great sin.  They were trying to catch Jesus out.  But He was not going to play Old Testament Bible Ball with them.

 “Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.” John 8:1-3

So here we have a woman probably half naked dragged out into the crowd.  How afraid she must have felt.  In her day adultery was worthy of stoning for the man and the woman but notice it was only her they accused.  Perhaps one her accusers was one of those men who had put her on public display.  Think about that.  I can’t say for sure but there was a man involved because she was dragged out of someplace caught in her sin.

Just before the Feast of Tabernacles in the fall of the year before His crucifixion, Jesus was laying low because of those who were already wishing Him dead.  Before the feast, He quietly returned to Jerusalem.

Once there, He remained in the shadows, not making too much of a fuss so as not to cause any problems.  But halfway through the week-long celebration, He went into the temple and began to teach.  Some people were impressed, yet the teachers of the law and of course the Pharisees were enraged.  That is pretty angry.

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

They didn’t beat around the bush with her they called it the way they saw it and they were trying to trick Jesus.  Like that’s really going to happen.

He knew it was a trick nothing was new when it came to Jesus and the Pharisees just a new tactic.  You see in those days, a Jew had no say in the corporal punishment of such a crime.  That was Rome’s job.  So, if Jesus said “stone her” He would have been jutting his jaw at the Roman’s.  Not the best idea.

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

The woman by this time is probably crying.  Maybe she was hiding behind Jesus to cover her nakedness.  Or maybe she laid flat on the ground at His feet.  Rather than give an answer what do we Jesus doing?  He bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger.  What do you suppose He was writing?  I think He was writing out each of their names and listing their secret sins.

Then He stood and said, “If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to heave a stone at her.”  My words.

Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

I see each man’s list of sins growing longer.  Standing there, draped in all their religious and fabric finery, they were before Hin in as naked a for as they’d ever been.

When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.

I don’t think these men just casually turned and walked away.  I think they got out of “Dodge.”  They wanted to put as much distance between them and the woman as quickly as possible. Now here comes the beauty of the story:

10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11 “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Is that just like our savior.  We who are in Christ Jesus are no longer accused.  We are redeemed.

As a child of God let us walk without shame and bathe in the redemptive love of His blood shed for us all.

 

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