“Nicodemus — the one who came to Him previously, being one of them — said to them, “Our law doesn’t judge a man before it hears from him and knows what he’s doing, does it? ” “You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? ” they replied. “Investigate and you will see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” So each one went to his house.”, John 7:50-53 HCSB
- One thing to note is that I imagine that investigating things like this was a lot more difficult back then! No internet, etc.
“But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.”, John 8:1 HCSB
- Where He probably prayed!
“At dawn He went to the temple complex again, and all the people were coming to Him. He sat down and began to teach them.”, John 8:2 HCSB
- Jesus was definitely not a conflict avoider nor did He allow what others thought of Him to make Him pull back from loving others. At dawn, straight away, He came back to the same temple complex and taught the people. He was calm enough to sit down.
“Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, making her stand in the center.”, John 8:3 HCSB
- That’s just weird right out of the gate! Catching someone in adultery? Does that mean during the act or afterwards? Was she pulled out of the bed or was she just caught later and they brought her dressed in normal clothes? I have always thought she was caught right in the act and she was pulled right out of bed being covered by a blanket or something but I am not sure if that is what this means. It matters for the woman! The former would be way worse than the latter for the woman (I imagine).
““Teacher,” they said to Him, “this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery.”, John 8:4 HCSB
- Well there you have it! Kind of harsh!
“In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do You say? ” They asked this to trap Him, in order that they might have evidence to accuse Him. Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with His finger.”, John 8:5-6 HCSB
- So if I am understanding properly, they were trying to get Jesus to order the stoning of this women so they could get Him arrested under Roman law, which I assume would consider that murder or something punishable and illegal.
- Perhaps Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground out of respect for the woman. Perhaps He didn’t want to humiliate her any further by looking at her and perhaps He was even trying to get others to look at Him writing on the ground instead of looking at her. In other words, perhaps He was lovingly taking the focus off the woman and on to Him writing on the ground! I am pretty sure that was the case (of course I could be wrong because I have never heard anyone else give this explanation!)