Theme: THE DANGER OF HYPOCRISY
Text: “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, 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?” – John 8:3-5.
Comment: In the law of Moses, both the adulterer and adulteress were liable to death, not the woman only. (Deuteronomy 22:22) In the case under reference, the religious leaders of the Jews exposed their duplicity and double standards by bringing only the woman before the Lord for judgment. The statement, “but what sayest thou?” is an unassailable evidence of their deceitful nature. The Master then told them: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”. (John 8:7), Pricked by their consciences, they all disappeared into the thin air. While her accusers were insisting on capital punishment for the woman’s offence, they failed to take into account the fact that they were also committing various sins which should attract exemplary. (Luke 12:47,48) While not excusing any violation of the law by any body, yet those who are judges should also be considerate and merciful knowing that they are mortals. (Galatians 6:1) Jesus later pardoned the woman by giving her a second chance for her to repent. King David truly said: “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared”. – Psalm 130:3, 4.
King Solomon says: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.” – Proverbs 28:13, 14.