Most of us when we sin are not so repentant about our sin as we are getting caught in our sin. This is vividly pictured in the story before us. These religious hypocrites in this text were much more interested in somebody else’s sins that their own. This was a set up from the get-go. It seems they knew exactly where and at what time this woman and man would be together.
It tells us in Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22 that both man and woman was to be put to death under Moses’ law. Isn’t it quite strange that they only brought the woman to the temple? Do you see how calloused their own hearts were by public humiliation of the woman and disrupting the temple worship services. I have preached and pastored for over five decades and unfortunately some of the most mean-spirited folks I have ever met have been in church.
Whether her partner was a cohort to the religious leaders to be released and not charged we don’t know. We only know that they seemed primarily interested in her.
This precious sinning soul; however, was not the real reason for this travesty. Their main concern was to trap Jesus and find fault with Him that they might accuse Him. This woman should be stoned according to Moses’ law, but what say ye they said. Jesus replied after writing on the ground, ‘Let him among you who are without sin cast the first stone at her.’ It reads they from the eldest to the youngest sneaked away. Maybe Jesus revealed their specific sins in the dirt. No one knows! But, their consciousness convicted them and as tradition the eldest left first.
The next event was, ‘Woman where are thine accusers? Neither do I accuse you, go and sin no more.’ We don’t need to be critical. Romans 2:21-22 reads ‘Thou that preacheth a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Those that sayeth a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery?’ Again in Romans 2:1, ‘Therefore thou are inexcusable O man, whosoever thou art that judgeth: for wherein thou judgeth another, thou condemneth thyself; for thou that judgeth doeth the same thing.’ Our self-righteousness is just as sinful as the religious leaders. We will stand before God with either our self-righteousness or the righteousness of Christ. If it’s your own, it is too late.