Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.
Have you had a time in your life when trouble seemed to be the glue of the events of your life? Jesus certainly did, all the time during His ministry. Jesus constantly battled with the Pharisees to proclaim mercy over sacrifice. Jesus proclaimed mercy at His own expense, day after day. The day before Jesus defied the traditional stoning of the woman from adultery, Jesus spent time away from people, with his disciples, where Jesus was known to pray with His Father.
Almost all the verses of today’s scripture tell of Jesus’ redeeming the woman away from being the bloody, violent entertainment of the crowd for that particular day. Jesus worked to find real justice, not just worldly justice, and opposed the powerful Pharisees and teachers of the law. Jesus sought to teach every single person involved with the woman’s public trial that we are all sinners. This includes us today. Jesus wanted the woman to know her redemption was bought with a price and Jesus looked forward to the woman living her redemption with a new life and hope in Him.
Verse one tells us Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Jesus was the son of God, but He lived His ministry with preparation. When Jesus was being tempted by the devil, in Matthew 4, the devil repeatedly asked Jesus to act in supernatural ways. Jesus wants us to remember He had time set aside for contemplation and prayer with His Father. Jesus took his disciples with him to these times of prayer, we know, He invites us in prayer too.
1. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2-6 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 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?" They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
7,8 But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9,10 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11 "No one, sir," she said.
"Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."