The Measure of Love

Does the Father really love us? Yes! When the woman caught in adultery was brought before Yeshua, those who did so were seeking to entrap Him, between His message of God’s love and the law. If He denied either the authority of the law or the reality of God’s love, He would have been discredited. The law was given to show us the depravity of our fallen human nature and to reveal a glimpse of God’s nature, but the law will not make anyone righteous. (Rom. 3: 21). Nevertheless, the law is not opposed to the promises of God. I believe Yeshua loved the woman and expressed forgiveness because He was sent to show the full measure of God’s love to mankind. “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.” (Matthew 12: 18-21; Isaiah 42: 3). The victory of justice will be everything Yeshua accomplishes. James explains how love triumphs over law as mercy truimps over judgment. “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2: 8-13).

Yeshua did not excuse or condone adultery, neither did He exonerate the women, but rather forgave her, with a charge to go and sin no more. There will be a day of judgement before Yeshua, but He came first as Savior by way of the cross. Every person will die and come before Him to give account. (Heb. 9: 27). At that time it will be a matter of who you know. Yeshua said, “Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles; Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers.” (Matt. 7: 22-23). The love, mercy, and compassion of God has been shown to everyone, but it is denied, trampled upon, rejected, and responded to with contempt, violence and pride by those who do not acknowledge God. (Matt. 21: 33-41). God is both just and loving and there is no conflict in His character. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life”. (Galatians 6: 7-8).

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