Heavenly Father, please transform, renew, encourage, equip, convict, correct and train us in righteousness, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
John 7: 53 to 8: 11, The feast of tabernacles, Part 5.
[The earliest manuscripts do not have John 7:53—8:11]
VV 7:53- 8:2, 7: 53 Then they all went home, 8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.
After the feast of tabernacles, the people went home but Jesus spent the night in Mount of Olives. Matthew 8:20, ‘’Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Jesus came back to the temple early the next morning and taught the people.
VV 3-4, 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery
The Jewish leaders caught a woman in adultery, dragged her to Jesus, and made her stand before the people. They were very cruel, heartless, and cold hearted.
VV 5-6, 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.
In first-centrury Israel, adultery was a capital offence. Leviticus 20:10, “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death”. The Jewish leaders thought they had trapped Jesus. If Jesus let her off the hook, He could be charged for breaking the law. Ignoring them and pretending not to hear, Jesus bent down, and wrote on the ground with His fingers.
VV 7-8, 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
When the Jewish leaders kept on harassing Jesus, He stood up and said, if anyone had not sinned, let him throw the first stone. Jesus bent down and continued writing on the ground. According to Leviticus 20:10, the adulteress and adulterer should both be stoned. But the Jewish leaders let the the adulterer off the hook. did not bring the adulterer.
V 9, At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.
Convicted of sin, all the Jewish leaders left the scene one by one until Jesus was alone with the woman.
VV 8:10-11,10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Jesus did not condemn her but told her to go and repent. Jesus had the right to stone her, but He forgave her. In response, the woman who was convicted of sin, turned to Jesus. The woman repented and responded to Jesus’ love. The Jewish religious, self-righteous, hypocritical, and non-repentant sinners thought they were righteous. The woman who turned to Jesus was justified and saved. The Jewish leaders who ran away from Jesus were condemned and lost.
Romans 3: 23, ’’the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus’’. Romans 8:1-2, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death”.
Heavenly Father, the law condemned us but You justified us. Thank You for the gift of salvation and eternal life through grace by faith in Christ, in Jesus’ name, Amen.