June 01, 2020
It Was A Trap
John 8:4-6 (KJB) They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
The “they” recorded in this verse of scripture points to religious Pharisees and scribes who were doing Jesus a “favor” in bringing such a sinful woman before Him. In other words, these men were puffed up with pride about their good standing with Him and presenting a low-life lady who they caught “red-handed” in the act of adultery.
These men desired for this woman to face a stoning, strictly according to the law, for her lewd choice to sin in an adulteress relationship. Her action was clearly against the law, no ifs, and, or but about it!
Stoning for adultery was in line with the Old Testament law; however, their attempt to publically shame and criticize this women’s lewd act was nothing more than a trap set for Jesus. These men desired to know what Jesus would do and say regarding the actions of this lady, and these men wanted to use Jesus Christ’s answer against Him. They had no personal concern for the welfare of this woman or cared that she had broken the law. Their interest was in the response Jesus would give them concerning this situation.
Why? Because these men wanted to be able to twist His words and to accuse Him of breaking the law in His dealing with this scandalous woman of ill repute in a way they considered to be breaking the law.
The scribes and Pharisees had nobody’s interests except for their own agenda at work in this delicate state of affairs. These men desired to set a trap to catch Jesus in a position where they could accuse Him of breaking the law. However, Jesus did not speak or react as they anticipated, leaving them to face a silent poking of their heart and conscience about this situation as they met with their sinful state.
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The Gordons have authored several devotional books: Looking Through the Glass Darkly, Some Trust in Chariots, Growing in Grace and Knowledge, Woman of Grace and their latest, Walk Worthy. There is a free study guide companion for Walk Worthy available on their website.