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A Sex Affair

A SEX AFFAIR
By Rev. George Burkinshaw
 
Ah! Biblos!  The Book of Books is the proper adjective to describe the words of the Living God.  Often forsaken by those who lack wisdom and understanding but cherished and loved by those seeking insight and elaboration of the human drama we play out every day of our life!  No other book penned in human history has laid open the truth for the inquisitive reader who wisely seeks the answer to the question, “what does God want to tell me?”, and the reason why God should show him the trials and temptations of others!
 
One of the many passages of scripture to clearly define the Holiness of God and the unrighteousness of unregenerate religion is the story of  the adulterous woman brought before Jesus.  Here we see the arrogant hideousness of unregenerate man in his unholy self-righteousness, cast against the sublime righteousness and mercy of the Shepherd and Bishop of our soul, the Holy One of God.
 
Let me bring your attention to the eighth chapter of John,  the third through the twelfth verses.  “ And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, “Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?”  
 
“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.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her, and again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own consciences, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”
 
“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, ‘ Woman, where are those thine accusers?  Hath no man condemned thee?’  she said, No man, Lord.  And Jesus said unto her, ‘Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
 
When one comes to the Holy Bible with an open and honest heart, it is amazing how truthful and knowledgeable the revelation of God’s word is to our everyday life.  Here we see that Jesus had just finished teaching, in the temple of God, the laws and commandments of him of whom we have to do.  Suddenly, in comes the local self-righteous, malicious and vindictive religious community to test the teacher of God’s righteousness.  In the sixth verse the motive of the trial is established without a doubt, “This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.”
 
And why should they wish to accuse him who has taught the truth and love of the Living God to a lamentable and needful world?  Simply, pure and unadulterated hatred for the one that dared to draw the unstable hearts of the people unto himself.
 
The Pharisees hated Jesus because he had captivated the people and drew away the attention of the multitudes from them to himself.  There are today two kinds of religious leaders, God centered and man centered;  those that love the praises of men and those that seek the praises of God!  One with great swelling words and feigned speech skilled in the art of patronization, deceiving the people with the doctrines of men, the other often void of articulation but honest and of good report, armed with no more than the sacred eternal words of God, the Bible.
 
Their task was difficult.  They could not speak against the law and righteousness that Jesus taught without revealing their own true wickedness.  The wicked and unrighteous always hold themselves out to the people as righteous men.  “Therefore it is no great thing if satan’s ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”  2 Cor 11:15   What other alternative did they have but to trap Jesus in the law and discredit him by the law, publicly, so they could bring the people back under their persuasions?
 
So the issue would be the law and its just demands.  Hence, “this woman was taken in Adultery, in the very act.  Moses in the law commands that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?”
 
Oh, how deep and unsearchable I s the knowledge and wisdom of the Living God, even more so when challenged by the craft and wickedness of mortal men.  God’s purpose in sending his son to the world was not to judge and condemn men.  The scriptures clearly say, “ For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  John 3:17  At the time the Pharisees sought Jesus to be a judge, the Father had sent him to be a Saviour and Redeemer of his people.
 
Yes, today is the day of salvation.  Now is the acceptable time of redemption.  The day of God’s judgement will come all too soon.  We need not see or ask for it before the time appointed.
 
See then, how the righteous Judge will handle the unrighteousness of men, for they have brought before him an adulterous woman, a woman, they say, who was caught in the very act!  What thinkest thou, how would you judge your neighbor caught in sin, in the very act?  Jesus stoops, then writes  on the ground.  Do you know what he wrote?  You should.  There can be no debate over what he writes, for the issue is adultery and the law.
 
“And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbors wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”  Leviticus 20:10
 
Human nature has never changed since the fall of Adam.  The foul, hideous odor of the hypocrite has long plagued the religion of the Pharisee.  One one hand, contempt and loathing of the adulterous woman, on the other, desire and even use of her infidelity for his own selfish lust!  Yes, it is very true that human nature can be so ugly as to think nothing of condemning and defaming the very whore by which they boast of their sexual conquest.  Such is all too often the nature of the beast within the soul of an unregenerate, arrogant hypocrite.  Such was the case of this woman brought before Jesus without the man!
 
But God is not deceived as some men are, by the subtile deception of the  Prince of darkness, the god of this world.  The word of God shows us in the book of Hebrews what the Father desires all to know.  “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight; but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”  Hebrews 4:13
 
Evil men, besides being wicked, are often ignorant and obnoxious; they fail on the first writing of the law to perceive that Jesus had already taken them in their craft.  While ignoring the obvious and blatant fact that they had left out one of the guilty parties in their attempt of deception to have Jesus judge the woman and condemn her without the man, they continue to press Jesus with question; but the Word of God is “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12
 
Jesus directs only one statement to the men, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a sone at her.”  And again he stoops down and writes on the ground.   Here again there can be little debate about what he wrote,  “Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.”  Exodus 23:1  One by one they depart until none are left to condemn the woman.  All eave, the Bible tells us.  One might ask, why did such evil and wicked men as these become convicted by their conscience and quit in their attempt to discredit Jesus?  Some would have us to believe that men capable of such deception and hypocrisy, as we have seen, suddenly had a miraculous change of heart at the loving words of Jesus.
 
If such were the case, what a wonderful world this would be; but neither this author nor any prudent scholar of human nature could come to such a naive conclusion.  These men were not ignorant of God’s law as is the case with many Americans today!  The truth is, the conscience of each man was, according to the Bible, convicted of their sin.  Which leaves us with only two  possible conclusions as to why they stopped in their attempt to discredit Jesus.
 
The first reason is that they had falsely testified in a capital offense.  The law of God demands the death penalty for perjury in any capital offense.  This would, if true, cause the men to be convicted by their conscience.  The Bible never disputes the fact that an act of adultery had occurred, nor does any party claim that the charge was bogus.  The second reason, which is most likely true, is that each man had at some time in the past known the woman in a carnal manner. This would explain why there was no problem in capturing the woman in the very act of adultery and yet, the man was not brought to trial.  If they all had at various time in the past had sexual relations with her, then it would explain the conviction of the conscience involving their sin.
 
It fits human nature like a glove, doesn’t it?  Many men who frequent their local prostitute and use her for their own personal self gratification, would think nothing of this little deception planned for Jesus.  After all, she was a prostitute without shame so let’s toss her to the preacher man and see what he will do with her!  Perhaps now we an understand the true evil of sin.  While using this woman for their personal pleasure and satisfaction, they thought nothing of her when they wished to confront and confound Jesus at her expense and humiliation.  This show us that God’s goodness is in superior contrast to man’s hypocrisy, for God will love the sinner while hating the sin. But man often will use the other men’s sin to their own advantage and pleasure, then despising those that they use.
 
If the righteous judge, which Jesus is, keeps pressing for all the facts as they must now know he will, while seeking the whole truth and nothing but the truth, then they all must come under the same condemnation of the law that they wish Jesus to pass on the woman and feel the same stone they had desired Jesus to cast at her.
 
Since the Holy Spirit can discern the thoughts and intents of the hearts of men, we would do well to realize that he has noted that they were convicted of their sin, and not of sins.  The scribes and Pharisees often asked Jesus for a sign to authenticate his ministry.  His continual reply to them was that an evil and adulterous generation seeketh a sign.
 
All we need to know now is how Jesus, being a righteous judge, could let the woman go free since there was an accusation of adultery against her.  Adultery was a capital offense under the law of God given to Moses.  Again we must learn the laws of God, while also understanding the purpose of the law, and the evil that some men can do with the law, by the law, and through the law.  The law always required all capital offenses have at least two witnesses to establish the fact that a crime had been committed.  The purpose of God’s law has always been to protect the innocent, condemn the guilty, but never intended to destroy others with the law.
 
When the righteous judge asked for the accusers of the woman and found none, the justice of the law demanded an acquittal of the offense.  Therefore, today we enjoy in America what is called due process of law, which is the principle that a man is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.  This is one of the many concepts that our nation has incorporated into its legal system from God’s Word, the Bible, to protect our liberties.  Now, some have argued that in a few cases the guilty will escape the immediate justice of the law and be found not guilty, and as this woman who was guilty, be released.
 
It is sad when justice is betrayed, but how much more is justice defrauded when an innocent person is maligned and destroyed by the envy and deceit of wicked me.  In our present evil world in which we live today, it is not uncommon for wicked men to malign the virtues of good people, just to deprive them of their blessings.  Who can stand before envy?
 
In conclusion, we should consider Jesus’ final words to the woman.  For while she had escaped the death penalty of the law by the law, Jesus would not condemn her in the law on that day.  The Father had not sent Jesus into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might have life through him, he simply and solemnly said: “go and sin no more.”
 
There is soon coming a day when God shall judge the secrets of men’s hearts and we shall have no defense.  Jesus himself in that day, will judge not as a man, but in truth and righteousness as the Living God, searching the secrets of our hearts.  “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil!”  Eccles 12:14.  Are you ready?  How will you fare on the day that God judges you personally?  Are you prepared to meet the righteous justice of thy God?
 
Remember what Jesus said, in the book of John,  “Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.  But the hour commeth, and now is, when, the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the father seeketh such to worship him.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they followed me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.  I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
 
If you have come to realize that you cannot pass the final judgement of God, perhaps you need a Savior, a propitiation for your sin.  That is why God sent his only begotten son into the world.  “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him!”  2 Cor 5:21  The message that God wants to give you is that God loves you and sent his Son into the world to save you.  The question is; will you trust and serve him or tempt and accuse him as the Pharisees?