It occured to me this morning that there was something that made the difference in the case of the woman caught in the very act of adultery, by the Pharisees. It’s an odd thing, really… Towards the end we read that after all of her accusers who wanted to condemn her had departed Jesus asked her, “Woman, where are are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.”

Mercy Painting by Jani Freimann

What happened after the comma made all the difference in the world in this lady’s case. “No one, Lord.” Read the entire account below…

John 8 New King James Version (NKJV)

8 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 Now early[a] in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught[b] in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded[c] us that such should be stoned.[d] But what do You say?”[e] 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.[f]

7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up[g] and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience,[h] went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her,[i] “Woman, where are those accusers of yours?[j] Has no one condemned you?”

11 She said, “No one, Lord.

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and[k] sin no more.”

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

This lady who was caught in the very act of adultery was “a believer.” I had never saw it before. She called Jesus, Lord. I know that plenty call Him Lord and they don’t do what He says and Jesus condemns that, but here is a woman caught in the very act of adultery and she, by the law of Moses was due death by stoning – yet she received grace. In fact when Jesus stooped down and wrote on the stone courtyard with His finger — He very well may have been writing the word – “Grace.” God wrote the law on stone tablets with His finger and Jesus may have ushered in “Grace” – the summation of the Law of Moses and the Prophets- “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind and soul and love your neighbor as yourself.” So either option is credible, either Jesus was writing “Grace” or the summation statement, or maybe something else but I think it may have been one of those two things.

But beyond that we have Jesus who is fulfilling the Laws of Moses fully, the Torah and He is the Messiah, the Messianic Rabbi and he is at the Temple courtyard among religious leaders and suddenly someone who “believed” in Him enough to call Him Lord was overtaken in sin, or perhaps willingly sinned and broke the heart of God. What was Jesus to do? How could He have possibly looked at the prescription rendered in the Law of Moses and came up with what we see as “letting the lady off the hook?” How could that happen? It always sort of left me wondering how this could happen when so many other people caught in adultery throughout generations were summarily stoned to death in keeping with the law. So what made the difference. I believer there are three major differences that kept this lady from being devoured and ravished by satan.

3 Major Differences:

1). Difference #1 – Jesus was present and alive on the earth.
2). Difference #2 – This woman professed faith in Jesus calling Him, Lord.
3). Difference #3 – Psalm 34;22

“Yahweh protects the souls of His servants. All who take refuge in Him will never be condemned.” Psalms 34:22

Here is it! The fulfillment and the answer as to why this woman was not stoned to death in condemnation. What she confessed after the comma was Lord. So oddly enough perhaps “a believer” in Jesus had been set up by the Pharisees to try to entrap Jesus. How would He deal with putting to death one of His own believers? I’ve always felt that the man who is never mentioned here was possibly a crooked Pharisee. But regardless of who he was – this lady who lived under the law, but was in the Presence of the Lord, called Him, Lord and suddenly Psalms 34;22 kicked in! Then the firm instructions came:

John 8:11-12

11 She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and[k] sin no more.”

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Jesus is very clear that He is keeping Psalms 34:22 as it applies to those servants who take refuge in Him, believe in Him and will never be condemned. He could not condemn her by Psalm 34:22 which is also the very Word of God. Imagine as a believer she was afforded the defense of Psalms 34;22 – but also given a “thou shalt not” from the Lord.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

I don’t know who is reading this today – but I need say no more… Godly sorrow leads to repentance and life. When a believer sins and breaks the heart of God, there is Psalms 34:22 and when Jesus says that there will be no more tears in heaven He is talking about your tears, which He will wipe away and His broken hearted tears that He will finally wipe away and cry no more. He loves you so much and has been so clear about His love for you.

We tend to read the Bible like it’s applying to someone else, but here by revelation of the Holy Spirit we finally see that Jesus is dealing with “a believer” who was overtaken in a death penalty sin. Wow, there is hope for you that God is doing a restoration work in you by His grace.

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