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Go and Sin No More – SoS Saturday   

My friend Pattie from work asked a great question about our maiden and the opposition she faced in from the guards and watchmen.

The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me,
They struck me and wounded me;
The guardsmen of the walls took away my shawl from me.

Song of Songs 5:6-7 NASB

Pattie asked whether this picture of our maiden could be a foreshadowing of Mary Magdalene.

We don’t know for sure, but there is a good chance it was Mary who was caught in adultery and faced stoning by the religious leaders in John 8, where Jesus told them

He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. - John 8:7 NASB

After they all left – considering their own shame, He looked to (we’ll call her) Mary and said –

Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?

Mary: No one, Lord."

Jesus: I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.

From John 8:10-11 NASB

Later we see her washing His feet:

I like the account in Luke 7 of this, and though it seems out of sequence and Mary is not named here, I suspect this is the same woman from John 8 (today we call her Mary.)

And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. - Luke 7:37-38 NASB

Jesus dinner host – the Pharisee – is incensed to have this woman in his house making this spectacle during his dinner party.

Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner." - Luke 7:39 NASB

So here is the connection

Mary gives her life into the hands of Jesus – her master.

His forgiveness was demonstrated in the street.

His instruction follows – Go and sin no more.

Now she is tested by the hatred of those who do not forget her past, but lock her in it by their memory – by their on going abuse.

Who are you to join with those of us who have always been righteous?

How can you think that because a simple encounter with Christ in the marketplace you are clean?

We know who you are?

We know what you’ve done?

Get back in your place. We don’t have any problem with you as a whore in the street – but don’t pretend to have a relationship with God.

O Church – It’s time for us to believe the power of God to transform a life, and learn from this woman:

1)    No one is beyond the touch of Jesus Love.

2)    Anyone can be transformed in the twinkling of an eye into a child of the Living God.

BN Writers Page 150Thanks for coming by today.

Thanks for the question Pattie.

See you again soon.

Ben

7 thoughts on “Go and Sin No More – SoS Saturday   

  1. ziggy317

    Reblogged this on Healing Our Hurts Together and commented:
    Friends, if you entered the faith as I did, "dirty" and full of shame, these words are for you. If you have received a different message from the church, forgive us! If you come to Jesus, you are clean and perfect. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise! Thank you, Ben, for this beautiful reminder.

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  2. Pattie Porzio

    Thank you for including my question You made this so much clearer for me and I am sure for all your readers. God Bless Pattie

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Steve Finnell

    PREDESTINED FOR WHAT? BY STEVE FINNELL

    Are men predestined? Yes, but predestined for what?

    Those who, believe that Jesus is the Christ, are predestined for salvation.

    Men are not predestined by God "to believe" in order that they may be saved. All men have free-will to believe or to reject Jesus as the Christ.

    Ephesians 1:11-14 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation---having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory.

    The Ephesians were sealed with the Holy Spirit because they believed; not because they were preselected "to believe" in order to be saved.

    DOES THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER TEACH PRESELECTION FOR SALVATION? No, it does not!

    Luke 8:11 "Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.

    Luke 8:12 Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.

    Did God send the devil to take the word from their heart because He did not preselect them for salvation? Of course not. Neither did God send the devil to deceive Eve, so Adam and Eve would sin against Him.

    Luke 8:13 Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.

    Does God let some believe for a while; then cause them to fall away because He did not preselect them for salvation? No, He does not.

    Luke 8:14 The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones have have heard , and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

    Is it logical that God would have the gospel preached to those He has already selected to burn in hell?

    8:15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, hold fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

    Salvation is achieved by an honest and good heart. God does preselect babies in the womb and transplant a good an honest heart in them, so they might be saved.

    ALL MEN HAVE THE FREE-WILL TO JOIN "THE PREDESTINED CLUB."

    ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE HAVE BEEN PREDESTINED FOR SALVATION.

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    ALL MEN HAVE THE FREE-WILL TO JOIN "THE PREDESTINED CLUB FOR SALVATION!"
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