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Great Interviews of Jesus (6 of 15)
With a Harlot
Clarence E. Macartney
Walking through the art galleries of Europe, you are
fairly certain to see two paintings in almost every
exhibit. One is of the martyr St. Sebastian bound to a
tree, with his murderers shooting the arrows at him.
The other is of the woman taken in adultery. The great
masters have done their work well in reproducing the
second of these moving and dramatic scenes, but none
of them can compare with the master portrait painter
of the New Testament, John.
At the end of a long debate with the Jews the day
before, the crowd had dispersed, every man to his own
home, but Jesus had gone to the Mount of Olives, where
He spent the night in meditation and in prayer. If
even the Son of God required those turnings aside for
periods of contemplation and prayer in order that He
might fulfill His great mission, how much more do you
and I! As De Quincey puts it in The Confessions of an
English Opium Eater, "No man will ever develop the
possibilities that are in him who does not at least
checker his soul with solitude."
By all means use sometimes to be alone.
Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear.1
The next morning Jesus was teaching in the temple.
That does not mean within the sacred and beautiful
enclosure, for only the priests entered those hallowed
precincts. It means that He was teaching in one of the
porches or corridors which surrounded the great
structure. About Him had gathered a considerable
company of people. Suddenly the Preacher was
interrupted by a commotion, angry voices, a muffled
cry or sob, and loud commands, "Open up! Open up! Make
way!" In a moment a number of the scribes and
Pharisees appeared, dragging along with them a woman,
her hair disheveled, her garments in disarray, fear
and anger stamped upon her face. Bringing her to Jesus
and pointing at her, they said, "Teacher, this woman
was taken in ad ...
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