2009-08-24 - Insights from an Adulteress
Love and Marriage Bible Style
Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" (John 8:10)
The Bible glosses over the details why this woman sought affection with someone other than her husband, but her tale focuses on the consequences of her decision.
Imagine the shame she must have felt, standing before her accusers. The punishment at the time for adultery was stoning. Stoning seemed so final, not a way to make amends.
Moments before punishment, Jesus started to write in the ground. He said the person without sin should cast the first stone. There was someone in this woman's corner. Of all the people to be on her side, it was Jesus. He looked at the adulteress differently, not just as a sinner. He saw the person inside the sin.
Jesus went back to writing on the ground, and the woman's accusers slinked off one at a time, until it was just Jesus and her. He asked if anyone condemned her. She told Him no one. Then Jesus said words that offered peace. He told the woman He didn't condemn her, either. The one man who had the right and power to judge this woman did not. Jesus told her to leave her life of sin. Accepting the Lord's forgiveness, put this woman one step closer to the road of restoration.
Lord, deep depression digs in like a bait hook. I close my eyes tightly and kiss the darkness away. Instantly my pillow becomes a boat, floating among a sea of tears. I need the assurance that You are my protector and friend, the lifter of my head. Please give me some advice, so that I may adjust my footsteps into Yours. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.