Big Hill Bible Studies
20 March 2018
Before you begin reading the scripture selection for this morning I'd like you to do something. We have discussed Jesus' time from infancy to His earthly ministry - with an emphasis on the Sermon on the Mount. After this recorded message the gospel writers record His miracles, His encounters with various individuals, His run ins with the Pharisees and the religious "elite", and parables and the intimate talks and revelations with the disciples. Stop and consider one or two of the passages that you would consider to be your favorite. Find it in the Bible and take the time to read it in a study type format. Consider the 5 "W's" - Who is He speaking to, What is He saying and How is He speaking to the people with Him, When did this event take place in Jesus's ministry and recorded history. Where is the encounter taking place, and finally Why - why is this important to me and why does it seem to stay with me?
I don't know if this is my favorite, but it is one of my favorite encounters Jesus has with a sinner and the self-appointed judge and jury group of the scribes and Pharisees. As I read this account I come to:
- The Who > Jesus talks not only with the scribes and the Pharisees - the prosecution, but He also talks with the prosecuted adulteress.
- The What > Jesus addresses scribes their accusation, their judgement, their hypocrisy, and their hearts. He addresses the accused woman's guilt and shame.
- The When > This event is believed to have taken place early in the morning
- The Where > Jesus was teaching in the temple as the scribes and Pharisees came to test Him with this woman caught in the act of adultery
- The Why > This may be different for different people. Depending upon the perspective of the reader there may be an appeal to the guilt of a sinner, the hypocrisy of the self righteous, or the admiration of the wisdom and divine insight of Jesus to see the hearts of the scribes and Pharisees as well as the heart of the woman caught in the act of adultery and her need for a new beginning in life.
After reading and reflecting on this passage as a guide, what does your passage teach you? Have you read it many times before with a pre-conceived opinion of what it says? As children we heard the story of Noah and his ark. I remember singing the songs, and placing the paper ark on the flannel board. I tried to imagine how Noah could have elephants and gnats on this boat and how can you keep the termites from eating through the hull. Years later we see Christ as the only door in the ark as the way to save mankind from sin.
As we prepare to approach Easter Sunday and the resurrection of Christ, it is my prayer we don't approach this Easter as we may have many other years before. Let's prepare for this Easter as the wide eyed child hearing about the love of Christ for the first time and realizing He did all this for us.