Summary: A study of the Gospel of John 8: 1- 12
John 8: 1- 12
I Thought It Took Two To Tango
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” 12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
As we begin this study I want you to be aware that some manuscripts start off this chapter by saying this, “And they went every man to his own house but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives’. For me I do not think that this is any sort of a big deal. After the incidents we read regarding our Lord Jesus’ interaction with the religious leaders and the local people, we see that everyone went back to where they were staying. If you lived in Jerusalem you went home. Our Lord did not have a home in Jerusalem so He went to the Mount of Olives to camp out. The Mount had trees to protect from the possibility of inclement weather.
I do pick up one thing that I want to mention before moving on. We are going to read about the woman who was caught in adultery. Now to make this point somewhat pure I would like to say and I think you would agree that it takes two people to dance the Tango. In other words it takes a couple to commit adultery. The question to be asked as we look at this situation is ‘where is the guy?’ What is not shared with us by our Precious Holy Spirit is something which is quite obvious. The religious leaders went and planned to entrap our Lord Jesus by setting up this sinful sexual act. They must have picked a ladies’ man that was able to influence some other man’s wife to have this affair.
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.
Back in chapter 1 John under the guidance of our Precious Holy Spirit wrote about the God being the ‘light’ needed for all mankind to be able to see. It is so important that I want for us to read it again so I can bring out a significant fact.
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
In the last chapter we read how the Pharisees argued that no prophet came from Galilee. Apparently these so called scholars must have missed the classes studying the book of Isaiah. For we read in Isaiah 9.1-2 this, “1 Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, as when at first He lightly esteemed the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward more heavily oppressed her, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles. 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. “