By Brother Eric Nelson
There are those that like to argue that (John 8: 3-11) the story of how Jesus rescued the woman caught in the act of adultery was not found in the original manuscripts. Yet this compelling story has survived down through the ages by way of word of mouth tradition. It has always been recognized as a portion of the word of God that was destroyed due to the ongoing persecution of the day. In my humble opinion, the spiritual mechanics of this story are simply too awesome to not be real.
There are some experts that argue that what Jesus was writing in the sand stems from Jeremiah 17:13 “Lord, the hope of Israel, all who abandon You will be put to shame. All who turn away from Me will be written in the dirt, for they have abandoned the fountain of living water, the Lord.” Now I may not be an expert, but I must still respectfully disagree with some of those who are. The Old Testament was written in order to condemn mankind. How else would we have realized how much we needed a Savior? According to John 3:17 Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world, but rather He came to save us from our sins! That means all of us---including the Pharisees. Had Jesus been writing the names of the Pharisees---exclusively---in the sand, I believe He would have in essence been condemning them right there on the spot. In truth, not only did the Lord save the life of the guilty woman but the mercy He extended to the even guiltier Pharisees was nothing short of miraculous. The Pharisees were acting in a very disingenuous manner and Jesus was keenly aware of their satanic driven hypocrisy. He could have exposed them at any given moment causing the crowd to turn on them for their phony-sanctimonious-hypocritical-piousness where they could have easily been stoned to death with the very stones they brought to stone the woman caught in the act of adultery. The Pharisees had blatantly committed several acts of spiritual malfeasance---as opposed to the woman caught in the act of adultery who had only committed one such offense. Had Jesus exposed the hypocrisy of the Pharisees this story would have been quite different. This story would have literally been filled with the blood---mind you---not the blood of the woman caught in the act of adultery, but rather the overflowing, self righteous blood of the satanically driven Pharisees. In essence, Jesus stopped the bloodshed of the Pharisees, as well as the woman caught in the act of adultery, in order that He could one day shed His blood for each one of them.
Hypocrisy to the Utmost!
Malfeasance # 1: The Pharisees blatantly stated that the woman had been caught in the act adultery. They had stones in their blood thirsty hands ready to stone her to death. Yet according to the laws of Moses it takes two to tango. Adultery is not a sin a person commits by themselves. So if she were caught in the act of committing adultery, where was the person she was caught committing adultery with? I personally believe the Pharisees were protecting one of their own. Nevertheless, their willingness to stone only the woman to death meant they were willing to commit cold blooded murder because under the Mosaic Law two people had to be put to death for committing the act of adultery. The Pharisees were in no wise ordained to sanctimoniously pick who should live and who should die under these types of circumstances. The Pharisees were in essence placing themselves above the very law they were so piously pretending to uphold. Jesus could have exposed this fallacy to the crowd at any given moment. Yet He did not!
Malfeasance # 2: These men were so callous and so cold hearted that they refused to recognize Jesus for who He was: the Jehovah God of the Old Testament; the very one they pretended to serve. Imagine that! They were actually talking to the very God of their forefathers: Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, yet they arrogantly proceeded to tell Him about the law---a law that He Himself had written in stone on Mount Sinai with the exact same finger He was now writing with in the sand. Talk about a case for blasphemy! Somebody PLEASE GIVE ME OXYGEN!
Malfeasance # 3: They had seen Jesus perform many undeniable---hardcore---miracles of kindness, yet they were unwilling to allow a sense of awe and appreciation for the supernatural outpourings that were taking place right before their very eyes to permeate their souls. The only thing they seemed to be in awe of was their own alleged-fictitious greatness.
Malfeasance # 4: They had no compassion, no sympathy, and zero empathy for their fellow human beings. They were just the opposite of what Jesus was---they were compassionate-less; they were very mean and hostile; they were extremely arrogant; they were blood thirsty; they were anti-Christ. Even if they hated Jesus and everything He stood for (which they did), they could have at least been happy for their fellow human beings who were being delivered out of indescribable torments and excruciating agonies via the eternal love writhing(s) and the tender mercies of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Heart of the Matter!
In John the 8th chapter verses 3-11 Apostle John writes that while Jesus was writing in the sand each Pharisee felt convicted in his heart a.k.a. conscience and then each Pharisee dropped the stone he was carrying and quietly sulked away. Had the Pharisees suddenly became admirers and subsequent followers of Jesus the Christ? Had they suddenly repented of wanting to murder the woman caught in the act of adultery? Somebody please get me a double dose of oxygen! Quickly! This was the same group that vehemently sought after and finally secured our Lord’s execution a mere eleven chapters later. So obviously the conviction they felt was not conducive to the wondrous fruits of repentance.
Now there are several formidable scholars who happen to be very perfunctory in Greek dialectics (Greek being the most accurate language on the face of the earth) who will tell you that John 8: 6-7 can also be translated as saying: “He who is without this sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” The Pharisees had already proven they had no qualms with taking a life under false pretenses. They had feverishly been trying to secure the execution of Jesus Christ yet His only crime was the steadfast performance of thousands of miracles of kindness. These same maniacal hypocrites now stood ready, willing, and satanically able to brutally execute this frightened woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. So when Jesus told them: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” This statement alone would not have made these blood thirsty demonically deranged maniacs repent. Yet they were convicted in their hearts---not for sin in general---which would have made them followers of Jesus Christ. But they were convicted of a particular sin---the sin of adultery.
Jesus masterfully quelled a very dangerous situation as He tenderly saved the life of the woman caught in the act of adultery. It was through the Spirit of Knowledge, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Grace, the Spirit of Life, the Spirit of Justice, and the Spirit of Loving Kindness that Jesus began to write the names of women in the sand whom the Pharisees themselves had committed adultery with. That’s why they were convicted in their hearts. They were not convicted as unto fruits of righteousness and repentance; they were convicted because they had been BUSTED. Their hatred of Jesus Christ had not relinquished one iota! They felt no reverential awe or respectful fear of Him at all----in spite of the multiple thousands of miracles they had witnessed----including raising the dead. They were afraid because of what He was quietly writing in the sand, and as each Pharisee began to view the name of a woman and/or prostitute he had personally committed adultery with he dropped the stone he was carrying and then quietly walked away. This could have easily turned into a major bloodletting for the Pharisees----that is----had they stubbornly chosen to pursue the issue any further. On the other hand, Jesus was even more gracious and more merciful to the demonically deranged Pharisees---who had committed several spiritual acts of malfeasance---than He was to the woman caught in the single act of adultery. As the old saying goes: The sicker the patient the bigger the dose of medication.
Jesus Christ Is Absolutely AMAZING!