As I think about this passage I cannot help but think about other connections. The following applications I will not be dogmatic about, but I offer them for your consideration.
The Jews brought the woman to be judged but the judgment turned against them. Jerome and Ambrose both brought up the connections with Jer. 17:13 and 17:1.
The Jews in John 8 departed (just like those in the Jer. passage). They could have stayed and been forgiven. And I wonder if there is not a connection with here with Daniel 5. There the writing was on the wall of the palace in Babylon. Here it is on the Temple floor. Both are from the hand of God.
“He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”
The only one without sin that day was the One who spoke this. Jesus, alone, had the right to cast the first stone, which He did not, of course. But about forty years later He did. The adulterous woman repented on that day and turned from her sin. But the adulterous men that day – most, if not all of them – went on in their adulterous ways spiritually speaking, at least.
And the sum total of that adulterous generation, Jerusalem (which becomes mystical Babylon) would in less than forty years face their judgment. Christ is the Rock that both strikes the base of that golden image in Daniel 2 and He is also the One who gives to Babylon (Jerusalem) what she deserves.This is the judgment of both the Beast and the False Prophet.
I think it is a fitting historical detail reported from Josephus about the adulterous city being stoned by the Roman ballistae, stones that weigh about one talent, as both Josephus and Revelation 13 report.
Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”, 2 Cor. 6:17 (cf. Isa. 52:11)
“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins or contract any of her plagues.”, Rev. 18:4
Comments appreciated. Like I wrote, I am just offering these connections for consideration. I am clear in my mind that Jerusalem did indeed become spiritual Babylon.
About some of the other cross-references I am not as dogmatic on, but they seem reasonable.