Jesus dealt with the accusation against the woman in a way that has made the narrative famous, and though it has been omitted in various translations, it portrays the grace and wisdom that were inherent in Jesus as Messiah and Son of God (Boring, Berger, and Colpe 37). It reveals the tendency of the haste in which many people pass judgment on others while not seeing their very own sins. It also exposes the wicked plan of the Scribes and Pharisees to trap Jesus, whereby they got what they thought they had the perfect opportunity by using this woman as evidence to trap, discredit and arrest Jesus. These men are exposed as not seekers and upholders of the truth as they pretend, but as hypocrites.
Background of the Text
In the first instance, as we examine verse 8-5, it is important to understand what was the motive behind the action of the Scribes and Pharisees, which is to be found in John 8:6 that explains that this was done to test Jesus so as to get evidence, with purpose of accusing Him. They did not accuse the woman to Jesus because they were concerned about the Law of Moses but because of the hidden motive to accuse Him (Patte, Daniel et al, 13). They had reasoned and planned that whatever answer Jesus gave, whether to stone the woman or not to stone her, they would get the evidence of their accusations.