I’ve been indignant for the woman a long time. The “adulterous” woman in John 8 was “taken in the act” of adultery. “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.” Where was the man? It takes a man AND woman for adultery!
Can’t you see this woman? Stooped, bent over, waiting for the worst? Jesus had the answer . . . again! I smile to myself as Jesus gave the men surrounding him their answer.
His answer was, “He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” (see John 8:3-7)
Moses and the law commanded stoning for anyone caught in adultery, but they brought only her. Someone caught them “in the act”. They caught them. Where was the man? Why did they not bring them? And the men themselves knew that Jesus knew: they were all guilty: every man of them left beginning from the eldest to the last.
There is freedom in the Bible for us all, not just for men but for women too: freedom for all.
Jesus said to her, “Go and sin no more.” She was released . . . released to start new. So are we!