Something Is Rotten In Denmark
John 8:1 “Jesus went unto the mount of
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.”
1. Something Smells Fishy Here
2. Taken In Adultery
3. Where Is The Man?
4. The Law Says
5. Enter Now Grace
1. Something Smells Fishy Here
Here, we have the twelve verses in the Authorized Version of 1611 Bible [commonly called the King James Bible] that seem to be of particular interest to the unbelieving Bible scholars, and to their Master - The Devil.
These twelve verses actually start in chapter seven at verse fifty-three: “And every man went unto his own house”, and include the first eleven verses of chapter eight.
Now, I have, here, a copy of the New International Version [NIV] in my hands that was printed in 1979, and copyrighted in 1978. At the top of the page [on page 1148], and inserted between the end of the chapter [for chapter seven] and just before the start of the next chapter [chapter eight] the NIV has this note: "[The earliest and most reliable manuscripts do not have John 7:53-8-11.]".
I have also here a copy of the New American Standard [NASV] which has in its margin this note: “1 John 7:53 – 8:11 is not found in most of old mss.”
Something smells real fishy here. I wonder what is going on here. This brings to mind the slick trick and operation of the DEVIL in Genesis when he said to Eve: “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” [Genesis 3:1]
This is a question placed to ensnare your soul. YEA, HATH GOD SAID? Satan always questions THE AUTHORITY [GOD]. He has a running campaign to cast doubt on what God has said in HIS BOOK.
These translators of these perverted translations take the Alexandrian manuscripts: Sinaiticus and Vaticanus also known as Codex Aleph and Codex B, as their authorities, and ignore the vast store of evidence for these twelve verses in John found in the Greek papyri, minuscule, uncials, lectionaries and the church fathers.
This is nothing more, but the error [and rebellion] of the unbelieving hearts of the scholars REVEALED. They treat a supernatural BOOK, as if it was a NATURALISTIC book, thus, their naturalistic theories, i.e., recension theories of Griesbach, Westcott and Hort.
These two perverted manuscripts show throughout all their vellum leaves [the deletions or subtractions] the critical heart of a Jehudi living 200-300 A.D. in Alexandria, Egypt. Alexandria, Egypt was then the haven of the naturalistic, humanistic scholars of the educated world. Like Jehudi, they always respond to “THUS SAITH THE LORD” with a question … “YEA, HATH GOD SAID?”, then, break out the knife.
[Jeremiah 36:23] “And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.”
Such will not be our direction in this study! God forbid! I will believe the BOOK [The Authorized Version of 1611 or any edition of it … or otherwise commonly known as the King James Bible].
Now, to our text: the Periscope de Adultera.
2. Taken In Adultery
Verse three and four: “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.”
We do not know for sure if this was a STAGED event. More than this, even if we do not know if it was a staged event, we DO KNOW it was for the purpose of the entrapment of the SON of GOD, or at the very least, it was an attempt to put Jesus between a ROCK and a HARD PLACE. The scribes' and Pharisees' GOAL was this! If they could prove Jesus Christ guilty of BREAKING the Law of Moses, then they would be justified to bring an accusation against HIM concerning the Law, and thus, put HIM to death according to their interpretation of the Law.
But at any rate, we have a woman who is taken in adultery in the very act.
Now, what is adultery? We do need to find out what it is. Why? It is because there is so much confusion about what is [the act of] adultery. Whatever it is, we can know right away several things for sure.
• God commands us not to commit it! This command is found in Exodus chapter twenty, being one of the very TEN COMMANDMENTS. “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” [Exodus 20:14]
• Something else! This appearance in Exodus 20:14 of the word “adultery” is the very first instance of this word in the Bible.
• Furthermore, in Proverbs, we can learn this. Adultery is an act committed against ones own self. It involves the “destroying” of one’s own soul. [Proverbs 6:32] “But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.”
• Adultery is an act, or relationship, committed against someone else’s MARRIAGE [The Neighbor].
Adultery is fornication … involving a married person, whereas, fornication is “general”, an act, not involving married person[s]. For clarification, go to the book of Matthew, and read [Matthew 5:32].
Notice, how both of these words are in the same verse. “But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”
Fornication in this verse is “general” and adultery in this verse is “specific”.
Adultery involves fornication every time, but fornication does not necessarily result in “adultery”.
With this, we are now ready for the DEFINITION of adultery.
Adultery is an act in violation of God’s Law [involving at least one married person] and results in a process of “soul destruction” and in “marriage destruction”.
Adultery results in the dissolution of a marriage between a husband and a wife, and is replaced by a heinous new relationship which God hates.
Turn to: [1 Corinthians 6:15-18] and see the analogy that the Spirit of God makes concerning marriage, and the effect that fornication [here – adultery] has on a marriage. [The analogy here, is of Jesus Christ, and us, the Christians – that is, Christ and the Church.]
“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”
There, we have the sum of it.
Marriage is “two” becoming “one flesh,” and destruction to that marriage occurs when one of them steps out of that relationship, and becomes “one flesh” with another’s flesh in a [STRANGE] new relationship. The first covenant is dissolved. [ADULTERY is much worse than what the religionists will tell you.]
3. Where Is The Man?
Verse six and seven: “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. 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.”
Did you notice something here? Adultery involves a two people.
We see the woman, because the scribes and Pharisees brought to HIM the woman. Now, why didn’t they bring to Jesus THE MAN?
Don’t you think this is a little bit hypocritical on their part? Y
eah, this is more than a little hypocritical. This is crass HYPOCROSY, and is typical of religious people. A hypocrite has one standard for himself, and another standard for others. But back to the question at hand, so WHERE was the man? If they caught the woman IN THE ACT, then they caught a man IN THE ACT, then why didn’t they bring the man also, before Jesus Christ?
I will tell you why. The man that committed ADULTERY with the woman was standing there with them. The “man” was one of them. How do we know this? It is because JEHOVAH [Jesus Christ] was with them that day, and saw into them [into their hearts and minds], and knew every detail of their dirty deed and conspiracy toward HIM concerning the woman taken in adultery.
Religious hypocrites are what they are, and Jesus Christ smoked them out! [HE will smoke you out!!!]
HE caught them red handed, and exposed them for what they were. Every time adultery occurs there is a man and woman involved, and furthermore, every time adultery is committed, THE LAW of God is applied evenhandedly, and is FAIR, in judgment of that commission of sin.
4. The Law Says
A woman was not to take the blame ALONE. When these hypocrites in verse five said: “Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?”
What HE said to them BETWEEN THE LINES is one of you is THE MAN, and if the LAW is to be carried out, then YOU [The Man] along with the woman is to be stoned. Here it is.
What Jesus Christ wrote with his finger on the ground was THE LAW concerning the matter [in Leviticus 20:10]: “And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”
Wow! What a hit the human hearts of those hypocritical super religionists took when they heard the Son of God say: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
That is it! The JIG is up. They were found out for what they were. Verse nine: “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.”
Now, I am glad when the hypocrite can still exhibit a conscience. [The conscience can be seared and destroyed, my friend.] That means the REPOOF of the HOLY GHOST can still operate in conjunction with that human heart [conscience] to bring him to THE TRUTH. Amen! I am glad for that!
“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me;” [John 16:8-9].
5. Enter Now Grace
Verse ten and eleven: “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? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
I am glad for GRACE! Amen!
There was mercy that day [in John chapter eight] because everyone guilty of adultery in the Old Testament dispensation of THE LAW was put to death! It was because of “one” of the woman’s accusers, standing there that day, was guilty himself, and the LORD knew it. Jesus could have called for the stoning, in accordance with The Law of Moses, but for the purpose … for the MISSION that he was on the earth to MINISTER:
“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” [Matthew 20:28]
This ransom was purposed from on old in THE BOOK!
Take a long look at it! TIS GRACE and MERCY to us!
Turn to: [Hosea 13:14] “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.”
"For the law was given by Moses, but
grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."