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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
John 8 :1-11 (Pt. 3) Thought/Prayer: She Called HIm Lord. Topics: 2 at end.
“Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 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 first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, 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.” KJV http://www.bible.com (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)
The woman whom Jesus rescued from stoning, at the shame of those who pointed fingers and then left with heads down because of their own consciences, speaks to Jesus when he asks her a question about her accusers. “Where are they?” he asks. “Where is a man who condemns you?”
She says, “No man,” . . . and then she calls Jesus, “Lord.” Lord. His name above all names (Phil 2:9) This wayward woman caught committing a sinful act with a man not her husband, calls the Lord Jesus, “Lord.” How could this even have happened? She obviously did not have a past that would recommend her to our Lord or indicate she has an interest in things of His; and yet she calls him by his rightful Name.
All we can do is speculate, with a positive approach. Not knowing anything of her background and only reading about her here, we can only imagine what her life was like. But at this precise moment in her life, it is not good.
So how would she know to call Jesus “Lord”?
It must have been His effect on her. He had just rescued her not only from embarrassment and a humbling position; He rescued her from death. Stoning brought death. A horrible one. Pebbles were not used, nor was sand. Large rocks were hurled at the dying person.
But it must also have been His personal self that spoke to her and called her to name him Lord. Jesus Christ had to have had His effect on others just by his presence. He was God. To this very needy woman, He must have exuded a power of presence that captured her attention in a way that brought her to the realization of His Lordship. She could never, never be the same again. We can hope that this rescue changed her whole life, her whole outlook. We want to think that she followed Jesus as her Savior and Lord all the days of her life thereafter.
Lord, we ask you to affect us in the same way. No, not all of your rescues out of sticky situations will be as dramatic as this account of this woman. But we do know that you are constantly rescuing us – even when we are unaware. In some way, Lord, help us to want to name you as Lord as the result of all you do for us. Help us to recognize Your working in our lives, as did this woman, and to be so grateful for your Lordship. Help us to help others in many types of life situations, such as LIFE issues, to turn to you and say, “Lord.”
Topics: Pray to recognize all of the times God makes Himself known to us and then may we call Him Lord.
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