Mr. Bramlett - thank you for the link yesterday - very incoraging!CJ - great stuff!! on olivesThere are 11 mentions in the Gospels, in the KJV of "Mount of Olives"The 11th mention is as follows:
1Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
2And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
3And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
This is significant, in that, this is a picture of the Church. I've written on this before, but here it is again...
She is caught in the "very" act of adultery - no excuses, no conjecture, guilty. Then, they throw the "Law of Moses," and are ready with stones in hand.
Then, here are the next verses:
6This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the (dust) ground, as though he heard them not.
7So 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.
8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground (dust).
Jesus originally wrote the law, which is in verse 6 for man (dust, earth, Adam). It then says they continued to press Jesus. Satan is a name for adversary, accuser, etc. Think of these men as such, and the woman caught in adultery as the "Church." According to the law written by Jesus' finger they have a point, and they continue to point at the woman, and Jesus - accusing and demanding. But the next verse says:
"he (Jesus) lifted up himself" - the cross paid for our sins. No matter how guilty, or bad - caught in the very "act" of adultery - it is paid for. He rendered the accusers powerless. This is verse 7, perfection.
Notice then in verse 8, eternity, that Jesus wrote again in the dust (dust, earth, Adam). What he wrote in some form is "unmerited grace."
The next verses tell us much as well:
10When 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?
In verse 9 (judgment) "they" were guilty by their own conscience and left. They could have confessed their sins, and been clean as well. Instead they hid the sins, and continued on...
However, in verse 10 (law) again it is mentioned that Jesus "lifted up himself" (as payment for the law) and it was only the woman in her lowly condition that was willing to accept grace. The first fall and rebellion was not man, but Satan and the demons. They held high heavenly positions and were created without sin. It was pride that was their downfall. It has been said that they were offered grace/redemption. Whether this is true or untrue we don't know, but similar to the woman caught in the very act of adultery, we are saved by grace, whereas those with seemingly high position are left to die in their sins.
Next Jesus says:
11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
11 is a number for seperation. Satan and her accusers have been cast away. Jesus then says "go, and sin no more." Many times I have heard it preached that this last phrase was one of warning or even condemnation from Jesus. Not so... He IS taking her sin away. Go, and sin no more. No more sin, no more pain the former things have passed away. No more sin. No more penalty for sin. No more death. Adam and Eve fell, and sin brought the curse. No more curse...
If find it intriguing that in the next verse, 12 Jesus declares:
12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 2Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
This year Hannukah falls in the 12th month, and is the festival of lights.
Anxiously waiting and watching...