Let Him Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone.
I love this story, on every level. The Woman was caught in the very act of adultery, was the Man married too? We don’t know, we are not told, but she was dragged from wherever they were in secret, now through the public streets, naked or half naked, to prove she had been doing something very wrong. She was like a prized catch, they were all justified that it was OK to do this, and she was chucked in front of Jesus and the crowd that He’d been teaching.
Her hair would have been a mess and her make-up too, but that would have been the least of her worries. It would not have been that those who took her and placed her in front of Jesus, really cared about her or that she had been caught committing adultery, but their whole point was to trap Jesus, nothing else, she was just a pawn.
She knew she was in serious trouble, back then it meant death! They asked Jesus, “The Law of Moses say, she should be stoned, what do you think, should be done?” Jesus, already knew their thoughts, they were just trying to trap Him into saying something wrong, so later on they would be able to accuse Him of breaking the Law.
Jesus stooped down and wrote in the sand, what would the Woman be thinking? Maybe she thought He would be like all the other Leaders and ‘Holy People’, that today would be her last day. Maybe she had seen this happen in the past.
Those who had took her to Jesus, kept badgering Him for an answer, so Jesus stood up looked them in the eyes and said to them, “Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone at her,” Then He stooped down again and carried on writing in the sand. What profound words.
Then from the eldest person who had brought her there to the youngest, one by one they left, with egg on their faces!
Jesus stood up again, and said to the Woman, “Where are your accusers, didn’t even one of them condemn you?” She replied, “None, my Lord,” She recognized who He really is, and Jesus said to her, “Then neither do I condemn you, go in peace and sin no more.” Well, she’d never seen that before!
We don’t know her name, nor her age, but it doesn’t matter, she was lifted up, in front of the crowd and those who had wanted to use her, for them it all backfired.
The Bible - John Chapter eight.