A Biblical perspective concerning Jesus and women
But religious activities for Jewish women during the time that Jesus ministered on earth, were completely void of opportunity. But the Lord Jesus Christ made it clear by His example, that He was lifting up women to their proper places, i.e. right next to the men with full equality. Let’s take a look at what the Lord Jesus did and how he dealt with these two women who followed His ministry.
Another fine example of how the Lord Jesus dealt with women is the account of the woman caught in adultery in John 8:2-11. As the story is related, this woman was caught in the very “act” of adultery. To be so caught was to be found breaking the seventh commandment of the Decalogue or the Ten Commandments. The punishment for this was to be taken outside the gates of the city and stoned to death. Before we proceed any further, the question shoud be asked, ‘if the woman was caught in the very act’, then, ‘Where was the man?’ Was he not also caught in the same act? It would be rather hard to be caught in the act of adultery if you are alone. So how does the Lord Jesus respond to all of this? He utters one sentence:
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
He then stoops down on the ground and begins to write words in the sand. Then one by one, beginning with the oldest present until the youngest was left, they all left. During this historic period, men continually broke the seventh commandment and all manner of excuses were made for them, however, if a woman broke this commandment her fate was sealed. Again, we note that the Lord Jesus does not reprove, condemn nor reject this woman, but He simply asked her:
Where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you? She said, No man, my Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.
The Lord Jesus while ministering during His earthly life showed by example that He was treating everyone the same. He made it clear for all who could perceive His teaching, that He viewed all people as having worth, even as they were originally created by His Father in Heaven.
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