Neither Do I Condemn Thee…
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? (John 8:3-5)
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. (John 8:6-7)
And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, 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. (John 8:8-11)
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS STORIES in the Bible and it is rich in details. I looked in Google for a picture and found perhaps forty pictures. The great number of pictures there is an indication of the great interest in the story for a long period of time. Out of all the pictures, I saw only three pictures of the woman standing. Most picture her as being on the ground, humbled, groveling in the dirt.
BUT IN OUR TEXT, WE SEE THE ACCUSERS GOING OUT one by one and “Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.” Jesus did not lift her up because she was standing up with her accusers. Also, there was a crowd of people there in addition to her accusers. “Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.” Jesus and the woman are left alone in relation to her accusers. They are all gone. But a crowd of spectators had gathered around and they were still there. The woman was left in the midst of the spectators.
WE MUST KEEP IN MIND THAT THE ACCUSERS ALMOST ALWAYS ATTACKED JESUS in the middle of a crowd. They wanted witnesses for what they said and did to Jesus. But they never seemed to learn. They were 100% sure that they were the smartest people in Jerusalem, but Jesus always beat them at their own game. Always! No exceptions! They would have done themselves a favor had they simply realized that they were trying to outsmart the Living God who made them.
WE MAY READ INTO THE TEXT THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE WOMAN WAS SORRY for her sin and not merely sorry she got caught in her sin. She never expected anyone in that mob of desperate men to take up for her. In her mind, she was a “dead woman! “A “goner!”
DOES THE STORY GLOSS OVER HER SIN? No, not at all. God said: The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. (Nahum 1:3) The wicked in this verse are those whose attitude is set toward continued and persistent wickedness. Rebellion. We can know from this verse that the woman brought to Jesus having been caught in the act of adultery had had a change of mind, a turning of her heart. “Acquit” is a legal term, meaning that the judge will not charge the person before him with a crime. This is not the case with the woman.
HER ACCUSERS HAD BROUGHT HER FORTH, APPLYING THE LAW OF MOSES, the Word of God against her. She was not acquitted, not delivered from the accusation of sin. The law of God had been applied and acquittal was beyond her reach. Her deliverance came about by being forgiven…not acquitted. Jesus did not condemn her because through that experience, the woman was forgiven. Jesus would soon go to the cross and pay the penalty of her sin so that she would be justified.
THE WOMAN ILLUSTRATES THE REST OF US who cannot be acquitted of our sins, but we shall be forgiven of our sins exactly like the woman was forgiven of her sins. This story is good for all who want to be forgiven of their sins. We could ask “where was the man?” Moses would require that, but these hoodlums cared nothing about the woman or the Law of Moses. They were desperate to get rid of Jesus and that was all that mattered. That’s the way wicked men operate. Women too! Consider Jezebel.
WHEN THE KING,AHAB, WANTED NABOTH'S VINEYARD, HIS WIFE, JEZEBEL GOT it for him. She got wicked men to lie about Naboth, accusing him of blaspheming the King and God. So, they stoned him to death and took his vineyard and King Ahab, who was in the house pouting because he couldn’t have Naboth’s vineyard, could then have Naboth’s vineyard. That kind of thing has persisted down to this present day. God sent Elijah to tell Ahab he was in big trouble. The end of that story was about Jezebel getting thrown out of an upstairs window and splattered on the ground and dogs ate everything but her hands and skull. Ahab was killed in battle and when they washed the blood out of his chariot, the dogs came and licked it up. See 1Kings 21. Fulfilled in 2Kings 9. They were not acquitted. They were not forgiven. We will not see them in Heaven.
But the woman brought to Jesus? She was not like Ahab and Jezebel. She was forgiven. We will see her in Heaven.
Read Through the Bible in a Year
November 20, 2019 – WEDNESDAY
A.M. Ezekiel 22-23 P.M. James 1
Bible Gateway will read this to you if you like. Look for the speaker icon.)
A Good Verse to Memorize:
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. (Hebrews 4:2)
(Memorizing one verse per week will give you 50 verses in a year…500 verses in ten years. After President Abraham Lincoln was converted to Christ, he made a practice of writing Bible verses on scraps of paper and sticking them in his pocket so he could memorize them.)
Songs for Today:
Neither Do I Condemn Thee (2:20) (Blue Ridge Quartet)
There is a Fountain Filled with Blood (4:39)
Drying a Runny Nose: When I get a runny nose and sneezing, I know what’s coming. When it starts, I take two 1,000 mg. capsules of C-complex every hour until drying begins then cut back to one per hour. Do this all day. Usually, in 2-3 hours I can breathe again. Will produce gas and if you take more, will loosen bowels. The directions (book, online) usually are: “Take to bowel tolerance.” Long ago, I practiced taking DRISTAN tablets for sinus headaches and/or runny nose. I read where DRISTAN use was associated with heart damage, so I began looking for an alternative.
From another book I learned about Vitamin C (Linus Pauling). From the Vitamin Shoppe we order: Vitamin C Complex-1,000mg-300- capsules-$19.99. Avoid tablets which may not digest as well as capsules. Use capsules unless you are allergic to them. (Keep Vit.C on hand at all times.) We use 1,000mg only. This enables you to use only 1,000 mg. If you need more, up the dosage by another capsule or more. READ UP ON Vitamin C online.
EVERYONE needs a used copy) of Adelle Davis’s book (it’s out of print: Let’s Get Well, hardback (Amazon Books). Has a great index so you can get to where you need to read in a hurry. Her life story is worth reading: 1904-1974. Her mother died of a stroke when Adelle was ten days old. (Adelle was fed with an eye dropper. Baby bottles had not come along then.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelle_Davis She wrote several books and America bought ten million copies. She was the most popular nutritionist in America, by far, for several years. If you are plagued with kidney stones, practice chapter 20. I have done this for 40 years since I had a really bad time with stones. At the time, that book was in my bookshelf beside the bed. I HAD NOT READ IT! I still have the book and read some in it today. Because of her book I have taken 300mg of magnesium citrate every day for 40 years. (Have never had another kidney stone.) But keep close to your doctor. Ω