One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Leviticus 19-21
“If a man commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, both the man and the woman who have committed adultery must be put to death.” ~Leviticus 20:10
The man too!
I know it’s a little dark today, but Jesus clarifies this through his perfect judgment in John 8 where what Jesus is really exposing is the “spiritual prostitution” that Leviticus describes in 20:5.
When the religious elite parade a naked women in front of Jesus and demand her death for committing adultery, the man is suspiciously absent. Why is that? Was it a double standard? Were they trying to sin less, or were they only concerned with other people’s sin while ignoring their own? Were they concerned with sin at all, or were they just trying to expose Jesus as a fraud?
The Pharisees publicly shamed a women who they viewed as nothing more than a prostitute. They asked Jesus how he’d deal with sin, and instead Jesus revealed their sin without publicly shaming them. It started with a terrified woman standing in front Jesus, and it ended with a group of men walking away exposed as “spiritual prostitutes.” The men who walked away missed their opportunity to know how Jesus would deal with sin, but again they weren’t concerned with sin, they were only concerned with preserving their religious power structure.
As terrifying as it can be to stand exposed before Jesus’ perfect love, he proves time and again that we can trust him because through his self-giving love the verdict is “life.” That’s the experience of the woman as she stood before Jesus, and that’s the life the men who walked away missed.
Do we trust him to deal with the sin in our lives, or do we walk away?
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?