Caught In The Act

(John 8:3) And the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman taken in adultery. And standing her in the midst,

(John 8:4) they said to Him, Teacher, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

This story is a very popular story and is often used to justify a person’s sins it has been used as an excuse for everything from adultery, to fornication, to homosexuality. Let’s take a look at what actually happens in this story. In our scripture text we find that a  group of scribes and Pharisees have caught a woman in the very act of adultery they brought her to Jesus to see what he would say and do, here is his response. (John 8:5) Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such should be stoned. You, then, what do you say? (John 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. So they remind him of what Moses had said then wait for his response and he appears not to be paying  any attention. (John 8:7) But as they continued to ask Him, He lifted Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her. (John 8:8) And again bending down, He wrote on the ground. (John 8:9) And hearing, 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.

It is so amazing how others can always point out our sins people who clearly have their own issues and problems are so quick to point the finger at others. There has been much discussion about what Jesus was writing on the ground. Whatever it was we don’t know, what we do know is that by hearing Jesus response they all were convicted and left the woman alone. (John 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? (John 8:11) And she said, No one, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I give judgment. Go, and sin no more. What I find interesting is that unlike other instances where Jesus told people their sins are forgiven with this woman caught in the act he does not do so.  He does not forgive her nor judge her, the reason I believe is because her accusers were also guilty. They may not have been guilty of adultery but they were in fact guilty of sin.

We are no different today the word of God corrects us but we don’t take heed (Matthew 7:1) Judge not, that you may not be judged. (Matthew 7:2) For with whatever judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and with whatever measure you measure out, it shall be measured to you again. (Matthew 7:3)  And why do you look on the splinter that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the beam that is in your own eye? (Matthew 7:4) Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull the splinter out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? (Matthew 7:5) Hypocrite! First cast the beam out of your own eye, and then you shall see clearly to cast the splinter out of your brother’s eye. (James 2:10) For whoever shall keep the whole Law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Two things here first of all we need to check out ourselves secondly we are just as guilty as the person we are finding fault with maybe not the same sin but we are still guilty of sin. (James 5:16) Confess faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one avails much. In order to really help others there is the need for relationship. You have a better chance of helping someone when they know that you truly care about them and you have been vulnerable with them. That is why the scripture instructs us to confess and then pray for one another.

Finally personally we should never be satisfied nor constantly make excuses for our own sin. We may ask God to take everything that is unpleasing to him out of us yet deep down inside we still want to hold on to our pet sin. We may sincerely want God to take away the lying just not the stealing because we get a thrill every time  we steal. Take away the lust and the porn but let me continue to fornicate since I’m not married and having sex with my significant other. The Apostle Paul gives us an excellent example of how we should feel about our own personal sins (Romans 7:22) For I delight in the Law of God according to the inward man; (Romans 7:23) but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin being in my members.(Romans 7:24) O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? We can never be satisfied with sin at the same time we can’t let folks who really don’t care about us continue to point out our short comings whether present or past especially since they have their own be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.

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