Many would say that I was spoiled as the adopted and only child of my parents who loved me in word, deed, and gifts. Maybe I was spoiled, but there were boundaries also. My parents did not shy away from a good spanking/punishment when I needed it, and I often did!
- Pulling the pigtails of the girl in front of me (K)
- Lying to Dad about my behavior in class (1st)
- Slipping through the prohibited fence (3rd)
- Getting caught “playing doctor” (3rd)
- Getting in a fight (5th)
- Cussing in front of Dad (8th)
- Wrecking the car (11th)
- Jumping RR tracks (12th)
The spankings and groundings were nothing compared to what happened with this woman in John 8. Jesus was on the outs with the Pharisees which was not news. They were looking for a way to trap Him in order to get rid of Him. They bring out this woman who was caught in the act of adultery. The law requires both be stoned, but who really reads all the law anyway? The point is that the Pharisees wanted to see how Jesus would react to the situation.
“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 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.
She had no excuse. Her punishment was certain. Depending on what Jesus said to the Pharisees, she would get stoned with Jesus. After much prodding, Jesus finally responds with a unique response. He addressed the real issue of the attitude of the Pharisee.
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!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
What’s Really Happening
The Pharisees did not care for the woman. Those who are trying to discredit Jesus will do whatever it takes. You will quite possibly get caught in the middle as a pawn in their sick game. Of course, if the woman had not been involved she would not have been caught. If not her, they would have found someone. There is always someone making themselves available for such a role unfortunately. Don’t be that person.
Jesus never said she was innocent. She had done an awful and illegal thing. Often we do awful and bad things too. These choices put us into bad situations. The charges were brought and Jesus was expected to render some verdict. He knelt and played in the dirt. He did not say she was innocent. You and I are not innocent. Being pure and being acquitted are different. She was not without wrongdoing. The Pharisees were not either. Jesus challenged them by suggesting that whoever had no sin should throw the first stone. The accusers walked away and the case was dropped.
Don’t Get Stoned With Jesus
Jesus would love it if everyone played nice together, but we do not. Some are always looking for a way to run down God and Jesus. Here are the tactics to be aware of as you go:
- Will bring up a non-believer and challenge God to “make it right”. This is a simple power grab. They are wanting to have the power of telling God what to do. Be careful to not fall into this trap and get stoned with Jesus in the process. Some arguments are not worth having.
- Will look for ways to twist the words and actions of Jesus in order to exonerate themselves. The best response may simply be to stay quiet and play in the dust. Your best position is closer to Jesus than the accusers. Notice where the woman stayed during this process.
- Will look for opportunities to accuse you and throw Jesus in with you. The Pharisees were ready to stone anyone who was in throwing distance. Your decisions are being observed. Be careful what you say, what you do, and where you go.