Caught in the very act

Posted Mar 01, 2018 by Ruben Olschewsky in Blog Hits: 168

“Woman caught in the very act”

This story has such a deep significance to the Gospel that Christ said

Matthew 26:13  Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

What had she done? We express it in her act of Agape. But is that the sum of her doing. Has she only done this? Is there more layers to this which is intended for me as a child of God coming to an understanding of the Gospel? What had she done that was so bad?

Matthew 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

This which she did only has significance when compared to what she had done in the past;

John 8:3-4 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Jesus looked for a moment upon the scene,—the trembling victim in her shame, the hard-faced dignitaries, devoid of even human pity. His spirit of stainless purity shrank from the spectacle. Well He knew for what purpose this case had been brought to Him. He read the heart, and knew the character and life history of everyone in His presence. These would-be guardians of justice had themselves led their victim into sin, that they might lay a snare for Jesus. Giving no sign that He had heard their question, He stooped, and fixing His eyes upon the ground, began to write in the dust. { DA 461.1}

It was the husband’s duty to take action against her, and the guilty parties were to be punished equally. The action of the accusers was wholly unauthorized. Jesus, however, met them on their own ground. The law specified that in punishment by stoning, the witnesses in the case should be the first to cast a stone. Now rising, and fixing His eyes upon the plotting elders, Jesus said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” And stooping down, He continued writing on the ground. { DA 461.3}

He had not set aside the law given through Moses, nor infringed upon the authority of Rome. The accusers had been defeated. Now, their robe of pretended holiness torn from them, they stood, guilty and condemned, in the presence of Infinite Purity. They trembled lest the hidden iniquity of their lives should be laid open to the multitude; and one by one, with bowed heads and downcast eyes, they stole away, leaving their victim with the pitying Saviour. { DA 461.4}

What was it that everyone in Israel feared most?

John 9:21-22 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. 22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

John 12:42-43 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess himlest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

It was believed that association with the priests would bring favour with God. Did this adulteress give of herself in the hope to secure eternity? Did she sacrifice her dignity to buy that which she did not know how to acquire in any other way?

I just muse whether a promise was made her that the ascent to sexual favours would grant her eternal life and favour with God…… a most Pagan sacrifice, but was this uncommon to Israel?

Isaiah 1:11-15 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. 12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you:

Psalms 51:16-17 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

This woman had given all she had to get that which had been promised and the promise ended in shame and disappointment. Now she was laid bare before a great judge and her accusers were those who had promised her all the kingdoms of the world. She was in a state of total helplessness, totally dependent upon Grace for she was about to die……

The woman had stood before Jesus, cowering with fear. His words, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone,” had come to her as a death sentenceShe dared not lift her eyes to the Saviour’s face, but silently awaited her doom. In astonishment she saw her accusers depart speechless and confounded; then those words of hope fell upon her ear, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Her heart was melted, and, casting herself at the feet of Jesus, she sobbed out her grateful love and with bitter tears confessed her sins. { MH 89.1}

This is the Gospel!!!!!!

Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

The climax of this woman's story builds to her again giving all to one who had made a promise to her. But this time her motives are different, she gives everything, not because she will then receive everything but because she already has received all things. Her gift is a gift of gratitude for the promise was already fulfilled in her. She expressed the faith of the one who had made the promise "neither then do I condemn thee, go and sin no more".

Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.