This post is just a portion of a much longer study of Christ’s encounter with 2 prostitutes:
“How Jesus Treated 2 Hookers”
1 is recorded in John 4
this one is “found” in JOHN 8.
We are about to read about Christ, people who thought they were doing what God said to do & a woman who was considered a whore
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them.
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court,
(note: so they bring focus on a woman’s sin & change the focal center off Christ & on her, completely disrupt what Christ is trying to teach them. This will not stop Him, He will use this as a lesson as well.)
they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You
(Look at their motive…)
They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him.
(Look at HIS RESPONSE & ACTIONS…)
A Good question to ask is,
“WHERE’S THE MAN?”
They knew if Jesus said, “No don’t stone her.” They would argue that he doesn’t follow Jewish law. If he said, “yes, stone her.” He would break the Roman law.
But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.
(i am not going to even speculate what He wrote just the fact that He wrote, and it must have been for some time because we read on…)
But when they persisted in asking Him,
He 🙌straightened up, and said to them,
“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
When they heard it,
(note:think about what it means to hear, not just with ears but HE pierced their hearts & minds….)
they began to go out one by one,
beginning with the older ones,
(sign of maturity & wisdom)
and He was left alone, and the woman, WHERE SHE WAS, in the center of the court. 🙆 Straightening up, Jesus said 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 sin no more.” ]
That was John 8:1-11 but note by the end if this chapter & the end of Jesus in the presence of these people who thought they were religious athority …
Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.
John 8:1-11, 59 NASB
Questions for you, when we let religious beliefs be our focal point rather than let a relationship Jesus Christ be in the center of out attention & worship does He decide to “leave the temple” where we should have been simply worshipping Him in Spirit & truth?
CHRIST, my center,
When I was in seminary (school to become an ordained minister) I would often walk the streets with other students.
One day we walked past a street prostitute, this was in the city streets near downtown Atlanta Georgia.
As we passed by & made eye contact she said, “how are you doing?” (real suggestively).
We all said, “okay.” but then I said, “how are you doing?”
She said, “doing good!” then I asked “how are you doing on the inside?”
Tears formed in her eyes and she broke down. My 3 friends & i, with the help of the Holy Spirit, spent time ministering to her (serving her the Lord and His Holy Spirit, all that he has to offer).
Her name was Cynthia, I pray for her to this day and that was over 25 years ago.
May i continue to try & be like Jesus and if i ever stray, Lord convict me & help me sin no more but rather, shine for YOU.
Later i found this audio & it gives great detail to the setting in
Play Audio 👉http://subspla.sh/b515e43