Jesus to Bob: “Have you ever heard the story of the Adored Woman?”
A MULTITUDE OF WITNESSES HAD TO AGREE
John 8: 1-4
And many agree that you should be stoned whether you saw anything or not. (Strict laws for capital punishment.) It’s easy to perceive sins in another, but you must look again. Divine perspective is that Jesus sees another world & reality … the true reality! Jesus is building Love.
(1) Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, (2) but early the next morning He was back again at the temple. A crowd soon gathered, and He sat down and taught them. (3) as he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. (4) “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “This woman was caught in the act of adultery. (5) The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
THE OLDEST TO THE YOUNGEST . . . WOW!
Bob: “The oldest are so stung! Jesus will not forsake us when we are old, even though we know our weaknesses well.”
(6) They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. (7) They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “all right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (8) Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. (9) When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.
THE DISPLAY OF THE MERCY OF JESUS
(10) Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” (11) “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
WHAT DID JESUS WRITE IN THE SAND?
Jesus showed Bob that the first time Jesus wrote in the sand, it was for her and the second time he wrote in the sand was for the Pharisees.
Bob: “It was stunning and my breath was taken away by what I saw that caused them to drop their rocks! The first time Jesus wrote in the sand, He wrote of her beauty and essence in Him! I was undone! She responded to Him, not because He had written the ‘Pharisees sin’ in the sand, as many have perceived. Jesus actually wrote of who she was to Him! She would not have responded to Jesus with her whole heart if He had written their sins in the sand because it would only be “sin upon sin”.
The second time Jesus wrote in the sand, He wrote of the Pharisees ‘original design’ and of their hearts. Paul was a murderer, he had to rebuke Satan. And consider the Samaritans, who were ignorant and also Nebuchadnezzar? Christ died for them too! Her heart could only be moved by seeing that she had value and true worth in His Eyes.”
1 John 4:19 “That we loved because He loved us first.”
Is. 61:1-4 the Spirit of the Lord was upon Jesus, to do what???
Preach good tidings to the poor, Heal the brokenhearted, Bring liberty to the captives, Open the present doors to those who are bound to give them beauty for ashes, that they may be called trees of righteousness and beauty because they have the garment of praise.
ORIGINAL DESIGN vs. ORIGINAL SIN
God's Original Design always outweighs original sin, and that’s what Jesus showed the woman and also the Pharisees in John 8.
SEE WHO YOU ARE CREATED TO BE
She saw who she was created to be in Him. She responded and received the blessing of Isaiah 61:7 . . . Instead of shame, she received double honor and everlasting joy was hers!
JESUS TURNED TO BOB & GAVE HIM THE REVELATION OF JOHN 8
THE COMMISSION TO SEE OTHERS AS JESUS SEES THEM
Bob: “He commissioned me to see others the same way, giving them a ‘garment of praise’ for themselves and who they were in him. Jesus said that we are to rise up and be blessed and he said to Mary that she was most blessed of woman. In the Yellow House – Adoration Room , Jesus adores us, even when we think that we should be stoned.”
“Jesus is raising up His Hope Reformers, who will adore their original design in Him; Those who will declare the Song of Solomon 4:1-15 – Hope Proclamation about What JESUS SAYS about people!”
*Note from Teri Johnson ~ Voice of Hope Team Member
“Our beloved leader, Bob Hartley is truly anointed as “God’s Story Teller”. He has so many wonderful enlightening stories (WES) and encounter's with God to share that are life-changing to the listener. When I hear Bob share one of his stories, I often recall another one of the many stories He tells. The ‘Story of the Adored Woman' reminds me of an encounter with God that Bob had when He had an open vision of the Lord. The Lord was HUGE! Taller than several sky-scrapers! He saw Jesus high and lifted up in the sky in all His Radiant Beauty & Splendiferous GLORY! As Bob's breath was literally taken away by Jesus, he noticed a tiny small black dot. Bob asked Holy Spirit what is THAT? And the Lord replied “That small dot is all the evil that has ever existed, exists now or ever will exist . . . compared to ME!”
“WOWSER!!! There is absolutely NO comparison! Zero, none!
JESUS HIGH & LIFTED UP! versus the all evil . . . no comparison!
Evil is just a blip on the radar compared to Jesus!”
“GOD'S ORIGINAL DESIGN always outweighs man's original sin!”
“It's a BIG BIG GOD! and a teenie tiny devil!”
Jeremiah 10:6 – There is none like You, O LORD; You are great, and great is Your name in might.
Isaiah 46:9 – Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me!