Hello My Name Is…(Week 7) – Woman caught in Adultery
Hello Mummy Meditators! Welcome to this week’s summary post on the first day of advent. Did you open your calendar today? We are doing an advent mash-up of chocolate countdowns & a nativity scene felt calendar. Anyway back to the summary post! This week we jumped back into the New Testament to look at the unnamed Adulterous Woman’s encounter with Jesus. Here’s a reminder of the verse:
“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”” John 8: 3-5
In Her Shoes
This was our first week stepping in to the shoes of the Adulterous Woman. This story is controversial. Early manuscripts don’t include this encounter between Jesus and the Woman because it was deemed scandalous in it’s nature. All the more reason to step into her shoes. On the Facebook Live Rachel explored how the woman might be feeling & what her experience might have been being made to stand before Jesus. Unlike some of the previous women we’ve studied, we are not offered a description of her or any additional information about her. Was she married? Was she even clothed when they brought her to Jesus? We asked the question why was it just her? Where was the man? After all, it takes two to tango right?? The Pharisees knew this too. In Leviticus 20:10 (abridged) it says
“If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife…both the adulterer and the adulterers must be put to death”.
It wasn’t the woman they were accusing, it was Jesus. Even so, we concluded that she must have felt degraded & humiliated. Was it even her choice to commit this act of adultery? It left us feeling horrified at her treatment. One Mummy Meditator felt that it was similar to the story of Adam and Eve. Both ate the apple and so both broke their covenant with God yet when asked Adam deflects the blame onto Eve. It is a similar scenario for this woman as she is solely blamed for a jointly responsible situation.
Mercy in the Mud
Here we read about a woman standing accused & humiliated. These teachers of the law thought that they had the dirt on this woman. Enough dirt that justified her to be stoned. So how does Jesus respond? He kneels down in the dirt and begins to write on the ground. Now we dont know what he was writing as the Bible doesn’t tell us but I like to think that he is writing their names & their sins. He is reminding them of their dirt. Another Mummy Meditator commented on the fact that it’s just as interesting as to what the Bible leaves out as to what goes in. If we had more details about this woman perhaps we would be more dismissive of her situation. As it is we can relate to her on some level. We’ve all been in those messy & dirty situations. “My work feels like dirt. My parenting feels like dirt.” It goes on. So be reminded that Jesus, who is free of all dirt, knelt down in the dirt for her and he does for you.
We are sticking with the Woman caught in Adultery for another week. Here’s our study verse:
“Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one come to condemn you?” “No one, sir” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you”, Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8: 10-11
Wow what a response from Jesus. Why not take the time to consider this question – What does Jesus do with her dirt? Join us tomorrow night for a Facebook Live chat about this verse.