Accusation And Plot
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 12 April 2017
1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 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.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
fter His participation in the Feast of the Tabernacles, Jesus spent a night on the Mount of Olives. The next day, He came back to the Temple and taught there. Then some Pharisees and scribes brought to Jesus a woman taken in the very act of adultery. The chief purpose of bringing her to Christ was to ensnare Him, for they thought that her case would put Him in a difficult situation. They asked Him, “Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?” John commented, “This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.”
If Jesus advised not stoning her to death, they could accuse Him of going against the law (cf. Lev 20:10). If He suggested stoning, people would question His image as a friend of publicans and sinners. It could have also given them an opportunity to accuse Him of going against the Roman rulers who alone had the judicial right to sentence a person to death. So they thought they had trapped Jesus.
In this plot against Christ they also put themselves forward as very righteous and Scriptural by accusing the woman of her sin. However, their hatred for Christ only exposed more of their own sin and unbiblical nature. Notice that they did not mention the man, who was equally guilty under Mosaic Law and who could presumably have been seized at the same time. This strongly suggests that this was a case contrived as a cruel plot against Jesus. By plotting against Christ, the accusers unconsciously exposed themselves as corrupt, and thus they fell into the pit they dug to trap Christ.
Our Lord was not troubled by their question about the woman. He left them to their own intentions and “stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.” Do we use others’ sins to cover our own sins and appear before Christ as righteous? If so, He will have no delight in us.
Lord, may I always be ready to examine myself and repent from every sin within me, even when I am troubled by the sins of others.