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Adulterer

by Rebekah Prewitt

She was caught in the very act and dragged before Jesus to see how He would handle this situation. They said,

Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 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.

What would you do if someone dragged you out of bed while you were with a person who was not your spouse and then made you a public spectacle? Maybe, you cheated on your spouse years ago and no one knew about it. In this woman's case everyone knew about it. How would Jesus deal with this sin? Well, after this woman's accusers continued asking Him the same question He lifted up himself from the ground and said to her accusers,

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 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.

Notice something very interesting in this example. Everyone left except Jesus. Jesus was the only one who had no sin. He had the right therefore based on His own words to cast the stone at this woman. Did He? Here is how He handled this situation.

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? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

There is hope for the adulterer if he or she goes and sins no more. Jesus did not condemn this adulterer. If Jesus had not forgiven this woman and shown her mercy, she would not have learned the love and mercy of God. When Christ forgives us of such heinous crimes, we ought to be so grateful that we fall at His feet in love and adoration. Thanking Him for His pronunciation that we are not condemned. (The Judge of the universe has spoken. What further appeal or verdict do we need from anyone else.)

Sure, there is that verse in the Bible that says, "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge"(Hebrews 13:4). But, you don't have to remain a whoremonger and adulterer.

Give God the glory! There is still hope even for the adulterer.

"Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little" (Luke 7:47).

Do you love Him much or little?

Note: Scripture reference John 8:1-11

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