Who is a woman? Where is her shelter? In Jesus.

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Scripture Passage: John 8:2-11,

At dawn, he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  5 In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now, what do you say?”  They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

In this passage, the decision of Jesus is very clear. He does not condemn her like the others because He is not here to punish, rather save the lost souls. He came as the light for the souls drowned in the darkness of sin. The same is seen here. She is fully transformed as a new creation. Jesus did not come for the death of the sinners, rather for their healing and repentance/transformation. John 8:12, 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” and Psalms 27:1, The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? This light can help drive away darkness from our lives and guide us to lead a holy life, Psalms 25:8, Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his way. This is the reason for the birth and sacrifice of Jesus.

Now let us talk about the adulterous woman. Th woman who was accused of adultery asks everyone present, “Did I commit adultery alone? How did I become an adulterous woman??”. There is an equally adulterous man involved with the woman who committed adultery. But our civil society deliberately does not bring him to light. Have you ever heard of a woman molesting a man?? Whereas a woman in molested and harassed each hour. She either commits suicide or else joins the dark side of flesh trade. The men who committed the gruesome crime live a respectful life as at times the women fail to disclose them out due to fear of shame. At that time when Jesus asks those present that anyone who has sinned may throw a stone. The prick of conscience is so hard that no one steps forward and drops the stones, Matthew 5:28, 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If Jesus were to come today among us, how many among us can receive Him with a clear conscience?? Those who are ready to point fingers at others should stop and think.

At that time, the sinful woman was used to trap Jesus and even today in the society this dirty trick is still followed. Women are used as used baits or ploy to trap men. We pride ourselves that we have progressed as a society in all areas. But have we really progressed towards the treatment of women and the narrow-minded thinking we show them, 1 Timothy 5:2,older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

Each day how many women face molestation/rape and how many are killed as fetuses even before birth just because they are girls. If a man has to take birth, he needs a woman. Insulting a woman= insulting your mother, if only one would think like this!! Man is no better than the animals, both have the same traits now. Man has lost all humanity.

Matthew 22: 23-30, 23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 24 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. 27 Finally, the woman died. 28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

Look at the man’s heart!! Here we read that a woman had 7 husbands. After death whose wife will she be?? The question is asked by someone who does not believe in resurrection. But with respect to a woman, in a man;s heart she is only an object of lust/desire or an instrument for reproduction. Even after death, a woman is not to be left alone!! How pitiful!!

Luke 13:11-13, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Here we read how Jesus heals a crippled woman. At that time, the woman was able to stand erect because of Jesus’ healing. Even after the passing of centuries, women still face many cripples due to restrictions and situations or rules/laws, that have been created by men for their convenience and dominance. Man likes her to live a crippled life with four walls. Even the so-called self-proclaimed liberal and modern thinking men have not changed from within, to be honest. It is hard to digest/ accept for a man that a woman becomes free/ independent and has an identity of her own. They become highly insecure.

Ever since a girl is born, she is told that one day she has to go to another house and make it her own. And then one day with or without her permission, she is sent away in marriage. Parents feel relieved of having unburdened themselves from a huge responsibility. Marriage is like a honey-laced sour food. The moment the sweetness wears off, bitterness is all that is left behind. She tries her level best to become part of the new family. But try as much as she may, she is always seen as an outsider. A person with a hunch/crippled back cannot see what is behind them and around them. Similarly, a woman’s cripple can be healed by the husband. But most often than not he adds to her cripple/hunch and pushes or bends her further down.

It is an often heard phrase, “Women are not street/world smart”. It is because of the loads on her back that she bends and is crippled. So how can she see her surroundings and the world with the crippled back. The answer should come from those who use this phrase. Marriage is the union of two people. But in reality one person mostly devours the other. And with that women lose their identity and womanhood, and gets trapped in a world without self identity.

While praying a barren woman would also ask for a son and not daughter. Girls are seen as a burden and not equals. A fetus draws blood and life from a woman(mother) and grows within her for nine months safely. Even after birth children draw upon her blood and sweat. They do not happen to love her without selfish intentions now. A woman sacrifices her day and night for the welfare of her family and others. Is there anyone who would love her and respect her, and care for her someday?? There is no gender discrimination in entering the kingdom of God, and both men and women have equal rights as said by our Heavenly Father, Praise the Lord. Genesis 1:26, 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness… The thinking needs to change. Women are not safe today in their own homes. Man uses her just as he uses any other product. This perverted thinking has left her in a crippled condition bonded in chains.

Jesus came as a relief. Even today He is. This I believe. He became the instrument of hope and tolerance for each woman. One touch from Jesus can heal any situation. Even if everyone pushes her down, there will always be two hands to lift her up. He is our refuge, only Him forever and ever.

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