ALL ABOUT YOU: GIDEON, CHAPTER 48
THE WOMAN TAKEN IN ADULTERY
An end-time metaphor of the judgment: a reverse parable
(John 8:1-5) Jesus
went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning [at
dawn] he came again into the temple [courtyard],
and all the people came unto him; and he sat down [a position of authority], and taught them. And the scribes
and Pharisees brought unto him a
woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
They say unto him, Master [instructor:
teacher], this woman was taken
in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in
the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but
what sayest thou [“But what do You
say… what is Your sentence” Ampl.]?
taken = Gk: katalambano; (15x)
to take eagerly, seized: apprehended.
(Exo 20:14) Thou shalt not
(Lev 20:10) And the man that
committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery
with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer
and the adulteress shall surely be put
(Deu 22:22-24) If a man be
found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the
woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel. If a damsel that is a virgin be
betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;
Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and
ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried
not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's
wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.
What do stones symbolize in the Bible?
(John 8:6-7) This
they said, tempting [testing]
him, that they might have [something]
to accuse him [to charge him with
some offence]. But Jesus stooped down, and
with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So
when they continued [persevered
(persisted)] asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He
that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
(Mat 22:15) Then went the
Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle [ensnare
/// trap] him in his talk.
Satan = Gk: the accuser, i.e. the devil:--Satan.
(John 18:31) Then said
Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your
law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It
is not lawful [under Roman law]
for us to put any man to death:
Commentary: Had Jesus disregarded the law of the Jews, He would have been
condemned by the Jews and could have been put to death. Had Jesus disregarded
the law of the Romans, He would have been condemned by the Romans and could have
been put to death. So He wrote with His finger on the ground. ?????
(Deu 17:7) The hands of the
witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands
of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.
(John 8:8) And
again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground [“with
his finger” v.6].
ground = Gk: soil; a region, or the solid part or the whole of the
terrene globe (including the occupants
in each application):--country, earth (-ly), ground, land, world.
(Exo 31:18) And he gave unto
Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone [the
Law], written with the finger of God.
(Jer 31:33) But this shall
be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days,
saith the LORD, I will put my law
in their inward parts, and write
it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
(Ezek 11:19) And I will
give them one heart [of
understanding], and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will
take the stony heart [stony
understanding - Law] out of their flesh, and will give them an
heart of flesh [soft understanding - Grace]:
(Mat 22:34-40) But when the
Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered
together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting
[testing] him, and saying, Master [instructor:
teacher], which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto
him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind. This is the first
and great commandment. And the second
is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two
commandments hang all the law and the prophets. [“two
tables of testimony, tables of stone” Exo 31:18]
(John 8:9-11) And
they which heard it [understood], being
convicted [tell a fault, rebuked, reproved] by their own conscience [inward
co-perception, i.e. moral consciousness], went out one by one, beginning
at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman
standing in the midst. When
Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but
the woman, he said unto her, Woman,
where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned [judged] thee? She said, No
man, Lord [kurios; supreme in authority]. And Jesus said unto her, Neither
do I condemn thee: go, and sin no
Commentary: “they which heard it” heard what? Did they hear what Jesus said,
or what Jesus wrote? All heard the Word, just as the four soils in The
Sower Soweth the Word parable (Mark 4:14) all heard the Word. In both teachings,
everybody hears the Word. In this
particular narative, some hear the Word in their outward man with their
head – the Law, and some hear the
Word in their inward man with their heart – Grace.
(2 Cor 4:16) For which cause
we faint not; but though our outward man perish [to rot
thoroughly, decay: be corrupted, destroyed], yet the inward man is renewed
[restored] day by day.
(Mat 7:1,2) Judge not, that
ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:
and with what measure [limited
portion (degree)] ye mete [measure],
it shall be measured to you again.
(Rom 2:1) Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for
wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that
judgest doest the same things.
(Luke 6:37) Judge not, and
ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Commentary: “the woman [was] standing
in the midst” of the remaining people who had not wanted to stone her - the
Law. These did not judge her for they understood that they also were sinners
and that according to their judgment of her, they would be accordingly judged -
thereby condemning their own selves. These remaining people had extended neighborly
brotherly love, i.e. forgiveness -
Commentary: “Woman, where are those thine accusers?” The narrative concludes
this incident and end-time prophecy with the separation of the goats from the
sheep (Mat 25:31-46). The accusers (Satanically controlled unbelievers) of the
“woman” (the church in apostasy: Mat 13:33) all departed from the presence of a holy righteous God (Jesus) into
outer darkness. Darkness cannot dwell in the presence of Light. The accusers now
understood that by their own willful intent (mind-set) to judge the sin in the
woman (others), they had condemned the sin in their own selves
(self-condemnation: Rom 8:1). The goats
departed and the sheep remained,
exactly as it was in the days Noah and in the days of Lot (Luke 17:26-30 &
Psa 37:29; Prov 2:21,22; 10:30; Heb 12:27).
(John 3:17) For God sent not
his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him
might be saved.
(John 8:12) Then
spake Jesus again unto them [the
remaining people – of understanding, manifested by their forgiveness], saying, I am the light [luminousness,
i.e. illumination - understanding: fire] of
the world: he that followeth me [the
fire in the night of the darkness of this world] shall
not walk in darkness, but shall have the light [illumination, fire, understanding] of life.