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 Re: Why was only the Adultress brought before Jesus?



To Anonymity:

In (John 8:3-11) we find that[color=990000][b] the scribes and Pharisees brought ONLY THE woman caught in the act of adultery to Jesus Christ[/color][/b]:

3. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4. They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6. 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. 7. 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.
8. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9. 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. 10. 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?
11. She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

[b][color=990000]Haven’t you ever wondered why only the woman caught in the act of adultery was brought before Jesus? So, since she was charged with the crime of adultery, we know for sure she was a married woman. However, the man that she committed it with, if he was married, had also committed adultery. Based upon the law, he should have been stoned to death as well. If he was not married, the man was committing fornication, and should have been stoned for that. Yet the scribes and Pharisees only brought the woman to be stoned.


It is interesting that adultery was considered a sin for women. But concubinage (women as breeders) and polygamy ([u]men could have many wives, but a woman only one husband[/u] were acceptable. The capturing of women in battle and forcing them to be wives, as well as “levirate” marriage (The term is a derivative of the Latin word levir, meaning "husband's brother"…….if a man's brother died without heirs, the man had to marry his dead brother's wife and have children by her to perpetuate the deceased brother's name) were also seemingly acceptable biblical practices.[u] Women were considered to be property. Initially, they were the property of their father. When they were married, they were considered the property of the husband. Women were not allowed to bring offerings to the Temple to atone for their sin. When they were living at home, their father, the Family Priest is the one who took the offering to the Temple for the sins of the entire family. When she became married, her husband, the Family Priest, was the one bringing the offering to the temple.[/u]

King Solomon had 700 Wives + 300 Concubines In O.T. times concubinage was an official status. God rebuked Solomon not for polygamy and the concubines, but for the fact that many of his wives were non-Hebrew. These foreign wives were non-believers in Jehovah and brought idols in for worship from their pagan cultures, which was contrary to God's teaching.

Also, at the time that Jesus walked the earth, a man could sign a decree of divorcement against his wife for any reason.

Jesus made it clear throughout the New Testament that men were just as guilty as women if they committed the act of ADULTERY.

At least, that’s what I see in God’s Word[/color][/b]


[b](Mark 10:11-12)
11. And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
12. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.[/b]

[color=990000][b]In Matthew, Christ tells us that even looking at another woman in lust is adultery in God’s eyes:[/color][/b]

(Matthew 5:27-28)
27. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

(Matthew 5:31-32)
31. It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32. But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

(Matthew 19:1-9)
1. And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan; 2. And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there. 3. The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4. And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5. And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7.[u] They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8. He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.[/u]

(Mark 10:2-9)
2. And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. 3. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? 4. And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 5. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8. And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
9. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

(Mark 10:18-19)
18.And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

(Luke 16:18)
18.Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

(Luke 18:20-21)
20. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. 21. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.[/b]


Sincerely,

Walter

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anonymity wrote:
Hi Waltern,

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the Jews looked upon adultery as only applying to women (becasue they did have multiple wives from the beginning of time)


So you are not saying the Scriptures said it nor that Moses accepted it, but that the Jews held to that right (adultery only for females)? Are you sure that the Jews held to that? Or did they only hold to that in part or at times? Is there proof of this?

Are you sure they had multiple wives from the beginning?



 2009/7/21 20:21
ginnyrose
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anonymity, when you stop and think about this thing of polygamy vs divorce, divorce is much more cruel then polygamy. In divorce you are abandoning a spouse. Leaving him or her set with no support whatsoever. You had vowed to love and cherish that person and now you are violating that vow! Not so with polygamy, you are just adding more to your harem to care for. Having said this I will be the first one to say I would be as mad as a wet hen if my husband were to take another wife with me still living!!! You better believe there would be much strife!!!

There is another angle to consider about polygamy in the OT era: the Israelites fought a lot of wars with many males killed. How is a country to grow with few males to sire children if all they had were one woman per man? This is a problem whenever you have extended wars, even in todays' world.

I am so glad that in our era of time, that Jesus said couples should not divorce and there should be only one man, one woman to a marriage. So much more peaceful....I love this new dispensation, do you not?

ginnyrose


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Below we see the account of Abraham's latter years in Genesis. Consider the father of faith, and certainly one of the most, if not THE most honored man in the Bible. Sarah had passed, and Abraham remarried, and also had a harem....concubines.


5" And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.

7 and these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.


The Lord sees things differently, and though I am not a dispensationalist, [ seeing the RULES altered by eras of time...], I believe that obviously things were different then. It's one of those things that I have to accept, and trust God, that He knew what He was doing. Neither Abraham, nor David were in rebellion in this case. It even seems that the Lord ordained it, doesn't it?


One of those things that we just have to give God permission to do, you know. ;-)

 2009/7/22 5:01
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Ginny,

"the sure mercies of David" I like that a lot.

Yeah I will say that I have often come into intellectual contradiction in my mind when reading the Scriptures. I have found time after time that there is an answer sometimes through study and sometimes through prayer and sometimes through both together. There is always an answer, but we are not always given one and are sometimes called to just trust God though most of the time I would say we do get an answer. IN John6 Jesus once purposely offended by saying to eat His flesh and blood and many left, but His disciples didn't not because they understood but because they knew to where shall we go you alone have eternal life and trusted.

 2009/7/22 9:36Profile
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Waltern,

yes you are correct the Jews at that time did think it okay to divorce for any reason and probably only tried to judge the women for adultery though I am not completely sure if that second thing is so as the omission of mentioning the man does not surely mean they left him alone.

As for the polygamy I know Solomon was rebuked for marrying foreign wives, but I think that he was also to not add to him many wives:

Deu 17:14 "When you come to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, 'I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,'
Deu 17:15 you may indeed set a king over you whom the LORD your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.
Deu 17:16 Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the LORD has said to you, 'You shall never return that way again.'
Deu 17:17 And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.



 2009/7/22 9:49Profile
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Brotom,

I'm not sure if God ordained polygamy.

I have heard it said that women had it much harder in that context and therefore it was good if a man could care for multiple women.

I believe I read somewhere that it said and in that day the women will plead with the man to take them as Ginny was mentioning.

Isa 3:25 Your men shall fall by the sword and your mighty men in battle.
Isa 3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; empty, she shall sit on the ground.
Isa 4:1 And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, "We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach."

I am sure that many women have it like that today. I believe that many of the reasons that the western women have it so easy is not totally because we have had a womens lib movement but because we have it so easy over here in which all the wealth has shifted that the situation is not hard and jobs and such are easier. Not that women cannot do hard jobs for look at proverbs 31 but many jobs were more laborsome ect.

I still do not know if I can say that God ordained polygamy I would have to look into it further.

 2009/7/22 9:57Profile
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I didn't have the time to read through the others postings so I may be re-peating what someone else has said. Deu 17:15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.
Deu 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.
Deu 17:17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.
This is part of the ordinance for the kings of Israel. When they became king they were to write out by thier own hand the first 5 books of the law, Gen through Dt.
Your questions are difficult at best, while on the streets preaching every now and again I would have some learned individual who would raise such a question but that was to justify some sort of sinful behavior. I doubt that you fall in the ilk. I have had to look at the multiple wives as convenants, multiple convenants would be multiple sin habits we christians have learned to live with, it could be as innocent as golfing every week when we know we should be doing something the Lord has asked us to do instead.

I hope you won't go down the road I have gone down may times and it's still a hard pill for me to swallow, but it seems that God acts towards some a certain way and thats it, end of story, no matter what they do in this life, good or bad, I am talking about christians here. I have to assume it was the same way in the OT.

Your passage about Sampson and laying with a harlot who was a philistine is one also that I see as a type, a type of a christian who beds down with thier sin that they intend on multipling. But as to the literal import of the thing, I'm not sure you can take an individual account or action (sin or other wise) as not going unpunished, in Sampsons case the progression to his being blinded and bound seems to be his "reaping" what he sowed. I know many christians who are today bound by .......what ever, and the have become blinded or lost all discernment period.

So I would encourage you to look with more of an over all life time view at these individuals in the bible who it may not immediately appear that they are being judged or reaping what they sowed, but they are.


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To Anonymity:

Have you ever thought that perhaps the scribes and Pharisees set this adultress up, then caught her in the act and brought her to Jesus as a "set up", to trap Him?

I think it is very likely. But still, at this time in history, women were perceived as property, they had no rights to speak of-compared to men.

Sincerely,

Walter

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anonymity wrote:
Waltern,

yes you are correct the Jews at that time did think it okay to divorce for any reason and probably only tried to judge the women for adultery though I am not completely sure if that second thing is so as the omission of mentioning the man does not surely mean they left him alone.

As for the polygamy I know Solomon was rebuked for marrying foreign wives, but I think that he was also to not add to him many wives:

Deu 17:14 "When you come to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, 'I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,'
Deu 17:15 you may indeed set a king over you whom the LORD your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.
Deu 17:16 Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the LORD has said to you, 'You shall never return that way again.'
Deu 17:17 And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.




 2009/7/22 10:32
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Dohzman,

thanks for the response.

Yeah, I've read that verse thanks.

The same is with me. I have thought about this subject before, but just never really discussed it or received a lot of clarity on the matter. I was talking to someone who was bringing up a couple of these issues who is somewhat learned and does not think premarital sex to be wrong or immoral.

Yeah I think I agree with you about the Samson thing.




 2009/7/22 12:40Profile
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Ginny,

oh I remembered one of the things you wrote and forgot to respond. About Bathsheba being in Christ's lineage. It would seem that sinful people were in the lineage of Christ. There are some interesting things going on in the lineage of Christ as mentioned in Matthew 1.

For instance the Lord allowed Leah to have children because she was hated in contrast to Rachel who was loved and Judah was born and through him was Messiah born. Or the Ruth and Boaz story who was a Gentile. Or Rahab the former harlot who was also a Gentile actually was the mother of Boaz. Or Bathsheba who had her first son killed then birthed Solomon who became the wisest man and through him came the Christ.

I am sure there are other things. So I think this tells us of God's upside down or actually right side up wisdom and His mercy and second chancing restoring love. How he takes a sinner who is unworthy and gives them grace to His glory in which no man may boast and through whom the power of God came and birthed Christ. Christ was born through sinners and gentiles who by faith forsook the world and came to the God of Israel. Cool stuff.

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