A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus
“The Woman Taken In Adultery” John 8:1) Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives. 2) And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came unto Him; and He sat down, and taught them. 3) And the Scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4) They say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5) Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6) 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. 7) 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. Romans 2:1. 8) And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9) 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. 1 Kings 2:44; 1 John 3:20. 10) 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? 11) She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Romans 13:4.
John Gill’s Exposition/Nelson’s Compact Commentary – v1 Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives. Which lay eastward of Jerusalem, about a mile from it. Jesus who had no place to lay His head (Luke 9:58) and so spent the night on the Mount. v2 And early in the morning He came again into the temple,…. early in the morning, means at dawn, which shows His diligence in His ministerial work, and all the people came unto Him; which also commends the industry and diligence of His hearers, who were eager to hear Him, and were early at the temple for that purpose, and in great numbers: and He sat down and taught them; And the Scribes and Pharisees,….the Scribes are those who studied and copied the law. Pharisees insisted on following the traditions of the elders in the Old Testament. These members of the Sanhedrim, a legislative body of 71 members headed by the High Priest, were seeking all opportunities, and taking all advantages against Christ; and fancying they had got something whereby to ensnare Him, and bring Him into disgrace or danger brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; who this woman was, is not known. and when they had set her in the midst; of the company, to be seen by all the people. v4 They say unto Him, Master,…. They applied to Him in a respectful manner, to cover their ill design. This woman was taken in adultery; by two persons at least, who could be witnesses of it; otherwise the accusation was not legal; Deuteronomy 19:15. in the very act; or “in the theft itself”, for adultery is a theft; in that you are taking something that belongs to someone else. v5 Such should be stoned…Stoning was specified in certain cases of adultery (Deuteronomy 22:23, 24). v6 tempting Him…If Jesus had said not to stone the woman He would have contradicted Jewish Law. For they brought this woman, and exposed her in this manner, not because of their abhorrence and detestation of the sin; nor did they put the above question to Christ, out of their great respect to the law of Moses but that they might have to accuse him; that should He agree with Moses, then they would accuse Him to the Roman governor, for taking upon him to condemn a person to death, which belonged to the Governor to do; or they would charge Him with acting inconsistently with Himself, who received sinners, and ate with them; and had declared, that publicans and harlots would enter into the kingdom of heaven, and that the Scribes and Pharisees would not; and if He should disagree with Moses, then they would accuse Him among the people, as an enemy to Moses and his law. but Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the gound; we don’t know what He wrote, only that Christ on purpose put Himself into this posture, as if He was busy about something else, and did not attend to what they said; and hereby cast some contempt upon them, as if they and their question were unworthy of His notice: and this sense is confirmed by what follows, as though He heard them not; v7 So when they continued asking Him,…He lift up Himself and said unto them; having raised up Himself, He looked wisely at them, and returned this wise answer to, their confusion: he that is without sin among you; meaning, in your heart, in what you’ve said, and in your life; for there is no such person that is free from sin. let him first cast a stone at her; “The hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. Deuteronomy 17:7, which required the hands of the witnesses to be upon a person first, to put Him to death. v8 And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground. v9 And they which heard it were convicted by their own conscience; that they were not without sin, nor free from guilt. v11 and Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee… “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17). go and sin no more; lest as He said to the man He cured at Bethesda’s pool, a worse thing should come unto her. He did not take it upon Himself to pronounce any sentence of condemnation on her; but called her to repentance, and, as the merciful and compassionate Saviour, gave her reason to hope and pardoned her sin for eternal life. Amen.
More to come and God Bless You.