This morning Pastor G and I were led to these verses and given insights we pass along to you. It struck us how Romans 8:28 (that God makes all things work out for the good for those that love Him) works in this narrative. He worked this almost sure physical death sentence for the woman’s good by not condemning her. Could He do that? Sure, He was and is God. He also, along with extending divine grace or forgiveness, told her to move forward with her life and not to sin in that way again. He set her free and gave her life meaning, purpose and direction.
Luke 4:18-19 has Jesus proclaiming why He came among us in the flesh. He came to set the captives free, and that includes the spiritual captives. It is interesting to note that when God frees His people, He gives them parameters within which they are to live and love. He did that for the newly freed Jewish slaves in the Mount Sinai covenant, and He did that for this woman in pointing her towards a sexually sinless life.
For those who wonder, God’s word does say what to do with both male and female adulterers. We believers know that the wages of sin are death. The question has always remained as to the whereabouts of the guy in this scenario. It takes two to commit adultery.
Jesus applied grace to the woman. She walked away an uncondemned person. Her accusers were nowhere to be found. Jesus used this opportunity to set an example of grace, mercy and spiritual love to all those who witnessed this event.
Which brings us to, well, us. We all still sin and receive God’s forgiveness when we repent. That’s why Jesus died for us. What do you do once you are set free, forgiven? Do you walk forward in freedom or do you return to sin’s captivity? Pastor G and I pray that you choose spiritual freedom and choose to live and love within Godly parameters. Be blessed.
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