THE GOD OF A SECOND CHANCE
Jesus Christ, in love, still offers Himself to people today. A
brief respite on the Mount of Olives among the friendly
Galileans separated two vital teaching sessions in Jerusalem.
As Jesus returned to the temple area early in the morning, the
mass of people greeted Him. His conflict the day before with the
religious leaders had not diminished His popularity with the
mass of people.
His teaching was interrupted by the religious leaders once more
in an effort to impel on the horns of a dilemma. They called Him
"Teacher," DIDASKALE, not Rabbi. Their sole purpose was to test
Jesus (Vs. 6). The Greek verb PEIRAZO meant "to lead into sin."
The people bringing the woman were not primarily interested in
the woman or justice, but in trapping Jesus. If He said "Stone
her," He would have been in conflict with Roman law which did
not allow such punishment for adultery. If He had said "Don't
stone her," He would have been in conflict with Jewish law which
required stoning for adultery. They thought they had Him in a
heads, I win--tails, you lose situation.
I.THE LUSTFUL LADY (Vss. 3, 4)
The use of the Greek word MOICHAO for adultery indicates they
had caught a married woman in the act of adultery. The Talmud
later made provisions for such a woman to be strangled to death.
The intent of the Mosaic law was for her to be stoned.
She was unquestionably guilty.
Adultery has always been wrong before God.
Males were often strangled in dung piles if guilty.
Persons were stoned for the act. It is still wrong.
If the accusers were so concerned about justice, why didn't they
bring the man also to be stoned as the law required (Deut. 22:22
- 24). The fact that they didn't implies the entire thing might
have been a set up. One of their buddies may have seduced the
woman in order to precipitate this dilemma. They were more
interested in destroying Jesus than in saving the woman. Their
hatred was as bad as her immorality.
II.THE LEERING LAWLESS (Vs. 3)
The Scribes were there. They are mentioned specifically because
the question of Scriptural law came up in this sequel.
They were trying to trap Jesus. A negative answer would
conflict with Mosaic Law. An affirmative answer would have been
in conflict with Himself.
Another test was whether Christ would venture with Messianic
authority and assert a new standard.
Their purpose was not virtuous vindication, but vindictive
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