Jesus and The Men Lusting after the Woman Caught in Adultery ~ blog
We probably all know this story but let’s look at it again and see what we can learn about ourselves and our struggle with lusting. Before dawn, Jesus had been on the Mount of Olives to either spending time with His Father or perhaps, He spent the night there. At dawn, He walks back to the Temple area where He is sitting and teaching those who came to Him.
Suddenly, there is a commotion with a group of men, the Teachers of the Law and Pharisees, dragging a woman caught in adultery, and dropping her right in front of Jesus in the middle of the courtyard. I am assuming that she is either naked or barely clothed because they make the statement…
“Teacher, this woman has been caught in the very act
of committing adultery.”
She was caught red-handed “in the very act” I am making the assumption that she and a man were literally having sex when they barged in, grabbed her, and dragged her to Jesus. I wonder if this created a temptation for Jesus. It would not have been her nakedness, but I wonder if He was tempted to say…
“So, which one of you was having sex with her?”
At the minimum, He must have wondered where was the other person who was equally as guilty of adultery and if she is going to get stoned to death, the penalty for adultery, why not the man as well? But I digress…
Instead of answering their question about whether they should follow the law of Moses and stone her to death…Jesus stooped down and wrote in the sand.
Everybody wants to know what did Jesus write??? We will never know unless in heaven there will be a video library of all the Bible Stories we can watch and see. Perhaps He was just drawing arrows pointing at each one of them…or even their names because I can almost promise you that while they were involved in this whole affair, they were lusting themselves and committing adultery with her in their own minds.
I love the realization that Jesus saw this naked woman and felt no lust for her. Instead, He was full of compassion toward her the “horrible adulterer” and anger at the religious hypocrisy of the men around them.
Then He says these famous words…
“He who is without sin among you,
let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Nothing happens…silence…each man remembering his own sins. John records that the first men to begin leaving are the older ones. More years…more sin. More history of having committed sins. While their consciences perhaps were more seared and calloused being in the presence of Jesus brought their own sinfulness back to their memories. And as the stones in their hands were making a thud as they hit the ground, they exited the scene…one by one…until there was nobody left but Jesus and the woman.
Then Jesus says to her…
“Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on do not sin any longer.”
I wonder if she became one of His followers. He just saved her life. I wonder if He removed his outer coat and placed it over her nakedness. What is not left to speculation is whether or not Jesus condemned her. He did not and even said so.
Do you realize that every time you sin sexually either online, in person, or in your mind Jesus is right there with you? His Spirit dwells inside of our bodies. He sees what we are seeing and knows what we are thinking. He watches the drama playing itself out again when by our own sinful lusts, we are lured away and enticed…and He is right there ready to show us our way of escape just as He promises us in 1 Corinthians 10:13…
“No temptation has overtaken you except something common to mankind; and God is faithful, so He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
On Monday I went to a photographer to have some headshots taken to be used with 180’s website and such. I went to a studio located in an old warehouse in downtown Columbus where I had never been before. I went into the wrong studio…not knowing there were 7 photographers who had studios set up in that old building.
I knocked on the door and an absolutely beautiful young blond woman invited me in to wait till her session was finished. She then went into a changing room and came out only wearing some very sexy underwear. I realized that I was in the wrong studio and left but not before seeing her in her next to nothing.
The amazing thing was I did not see her as a sexual object but as a beautiful woman created in the image of God and worthy of honor and respect. That reaction surprised me and told me something wonderful. God is changing me. God has changed my desires. My desire to remain pure is strong and my desire to lust has weakened.
This is the transformation that God wants to do in all of us. It will take time. It will take the work of making the right decisions by the power of His Spirit…taking the escape He promises instead of yielding again to our sexual lusts.
Continue to offer your body to God and walk in the Spirit and you too can experience His transforming you into a man more like Jesus.