Summary: How the Story of the adulterous woman is a fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles, and foreshadows the return of Jesus to Jerusalem.
THE LIVING WATER
John 7:1, After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. 2 Now the Jew's feast of tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. 6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. 8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come. 9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. 10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? 12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. 13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews. 14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple...
John 7:37, In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Somebody say LIVING WATER.
John 8:1, (the next day) Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 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. 7 So when they continued 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. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, 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. 10 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 thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. 12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
I want to speak tonight on the subject THE LIVING WATER.
I read several scriptures before you tonight. And I want you to understand them. There is more to these scriptures than meets the eye. There is more to understanding them than can be grasped upon their first being read. There is something very special going on here. Jesus did not do anything by accident. He did not do anything by happenstance. Everything He did was for a greater purpose. Have you ever asked yourself before, What did Jesus write in the dust of the ground? And why?
The occasion of the woman taken in the act of adultery occurred immediately after a very important day for the Jews. It was Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. This was a feast to commemorate when the children of Israel lived in the wilderness, abiding in tents. It happened five days after the day of atonement, when, once a year, the High Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies and sprinkle blood upon the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Testimony. It was the last of the Pilgrimage feasts, along with the Passover and Shavuot, or Pentecost, when all of Israel gathered together in Jerusalem. It was a time of great joy. It is also referred to as Chag Ha-Asif, the Festival of Ingathering, a time for bringing in the harvest.