In reading the account of the woman taken in adultery it is interesting to note that the accusers of this woman were the scribes and pharisee’s who were the professional writers or secretary’s of that day. By all outward appearance they adhered to the letter of the law, quoting it to Jesus perfectly with hidden agenda to accuse Him. Their agenda was twofold, to condemn this woman and above all to accuse Jesus. Outwardly they sounded pious yet inwardly they were wolves. Have you ever had someone pose a question to you knowing full well that they were using it as a platform for their agenda.
His response to them is not what they expected as He said “you who are without sin cast the first stone”. The rock hit home. I pondered why Jesus chose to bend over and write in the sand and do it twice. Perhaps because they were hard of hearing as people can be when they adhere to the law rather than grace but also as scribes and pharisee’s, perhaps writing on the ground touched something in them as they understood things written. One by one as conviction fell upon them they walked away leaving only Jesus and the woman. God’s way of dealing with things is not our way.
One can see that if one is to be a scribe of the Lord then the heart of the Father needs to be stirring one in all that they do, write and how they respond to people. The law had not yet been abolished yet Jesus said to the woman, neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more. His ministry had one hundred percent success.
Being willing to walk as Jesus walked is a sound basis for scribal ministry or any ministry. Let us pray for the heart of the Father and that we would be tender hearted, forgiving one another and yet being able to preach the whole counsel of God without watering it down. Men and women do need to repent of their sin and have it covered by the blood of Jesus. Our sin is then covered and we can then like this woman hear, you are forgiven, go and sin no more.
11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 8:11