Hello My Name Is… (Week 8) – Woman Caught in Adultery
Good Morning Mummy Meditators!
Well I hope you enjoyed Pippa’s summary of the start of this story last week – if you didn’t have a chance to read it already do hop over to last weeks summary post and catch up. This week we were meditating on the following verse:
“Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned 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
From Fear to Freedom
Last week we saw this woman in a desperate situation – dragged out to be judged and accused and humiliated. When I stepped into her shoes I felt full of fear and shame. And yet, this week, we see a complete turn of the tables. That fear for her life is over, she is left free. Relief must be coursing through her body. Perhaps she is breathing quickly and can hear the beat of her heart in her ears as she awaits the verdict. The words she speaks to Jesus would have been through a lump in her throat. I’m sure unbelief is in her heart when she hears that he doesn’t condemn her either. How can it be true? How can I have escaped the inevitable? Fear to freedom. Isn’t that the story of all our lives when we put the decision or judgement into Jesus’ hands?
So now she is free, the question that came to my mind was “what now?”. Jesus makes it really clear what she SHOULD do, but I wonder how easy that would have been for her? Even if no-one stoned her, they would still all know what she had done. They would still be silently judging her in the streets and the public places. To leave her life of sin would be a real struggle. Perhaps the man that she had been caught in adultery would be trying to keep that going? Is the joy and relief of the freedom that Jesus gave her enough motivation for her to leave her life of sin? How easy have you found it to leave your own life of sin?
We look at our last unnamed woman from the bible next week, so do join me for our final two weeks of Mummy Meditations for 2019. We’ll be looking at this verse together:
“As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out-the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the LORD saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Luke 7:12-13
I will be live again at 9pm tomorrow night to share my initial thoughts, so please do put it in your phone to remind you to join in! I’d love to hear from you all.