This week’s installment of the MAV…John 7:53-8:11…a religious ruckus involving a disreputable woman in a disputed passage...
Meanwhile, Jesus made his way to the Mount of Olives outside the city.
But not for long.
Early the next morning he was right back at it in the temple. All the crowd flocked to him looking for more, and he obliged them. Having taken his seat, he began teaching them – until a major religious ruckus broke out, Scripture pundits and strict sect types showing up, a woman in tow, a woman caught red-handed in the act of adultery.
They sought no private audience with Jesus, they pushed her right into the center where Jesus was teaching, challenging him,
“Rabbi, this woman was caught red-handed in the very act of adultery! We know what Moses in the law says must be done to such a woman – death by stoning. But what do you say?”
But Jesus didn’t bite or budge.
He just stooped down and started doodling in the dirt with his finger.
The religious lynch mob didn’t budge either.
They stood there and kept prodding him with their own pointed fingers of accusation.
Jesus finally looked up at them and said,
“The only one with a rock in his hand is the one with no sin in his heart.”
And then he was back to finger doodling in the dirt.
Stunned by what they heard, they began to clear out, one by one, from the oldest to the youngest of them, until she was left
just the woman,
right there in the center.
Looking up again, Jesus spoke to her.
“Woman, where did they all go?
What, no judge and jury to condemn you?”
She said, sheepishly, “Lord, none at all.”
“Well then, you won’t hear any condemnation from me either.
On your way – only, from now on,
how about avoiding the ruts of sin
and aiming higher.”