Bible Q&A: What did Jesus write in the sand?
1996 Zur Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright 1996 Zur Ltd. 978-1-60066-284-3 is the ISBN for this title. SECOND PART Who was it that crucified Jesus? We are healed because he was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities; he bore the chastisement of our peace, and it was through his stripes that we were made whole. Isaiah 53:5 says, Currently, there is a strange conspiracy of silence in the world — even in religious circles — regarding man’s responsibility for sin, the reality of judgment, the existence of an outraged God, and the necessity of a crucified Savior.
It is the fundamental misunderstanding of Christian theology that underpins modern decrees and pronouncements in the name of brotherhood and tolerance.
This is the fundamental human responsibility that men are attempting to deflect and evade at every opportunity.
Do not accuse Judas of selling Jesus for money by curling our lips and saying, “He sold Jesus for money!” Pilate, the weak-willed judge, should be pity-worthy for failing to muster the courage to stand up and defend the innocence of the man whom he declared to be completely innocent.
- Do not single out the Romans and hold them solely responsible for nailing Jesus to the cross!
- Our accomplices in crime, on the other hand, were not so innocent!
- His presence was brought about by the rising malice and rage that burns so fiercely in your heart and mind today.
- Throughout natural man, the forces of evil have conspired to nail Jesus to a cross: hatred, suspicion, jealousy, lying tongue, carnality, and a desire for fleshly pleasure, to name a few.
- It’s time to face the facts.
My curiosity has always been piqued as to how a professing Christian man or woman could approach the communion table and participate in the memorial of our Lord’s death without experiencing and sensing the pain and shame of the inward confession: “I, too, am among those who assisted in His execution!” Recall that it is characteristic of the natural man to keep himself so preoccupied with unimportant trifles that he is able to avoid dealing with the most important issues pertaining to his life and existence, as I have stated previously.
- The men and women will congregate anywhere and everywhere to talk about and debate every topic imaginable, from the latest fashions to Plato and philosophy, and everything in between.
- None of these are topics that should be avoided.
- A seemingly unwritten rule in polite society states that if religious subjects are to be discussed, they must be done so within the context of theory—”never let it get personal!” it seems.
- Both transgressions and injustices are extremely strong and terrible words to use here.
- No expression in the English language can convey the full weight and force of terror that the words transgression and injustice entail without resorting to hyperbole or simile.
- All of these things are present, and they unmistakably reflect the reason for and the necessity of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, which cannot be denied.
- The consequences of iniquity, on the other hand, cannot be avoided.
It is not difficult for the authorities to locate and apprehend the awkward burglar who leaves his fingerprints on tables and doorknobs because they have a record of his activities.
It is impossible to be free of our own guilt and to shift our moral responsibilities onto someone else’s shoulders.
The Amount of Damage He Has Suffering He was bruised and wounded as a result of our transgressions and iniquities toward Him.
It actually means that He has been profaned and broken, stained and defiled, among other things.
He was humiliated and defamed within minutes.
He had been stained by His own blood and defiled by the filth of the earth.
He was none other than Jesus Christ, the wounded One.
As a Jew, the prophet Isaiah foresaw this historic error in judgment, and he himself said the following: “We were under the impression that he had been struck by God.
In addition to being wounded for our sake, He who is the second Person of the Godhead was profaned by men who were ignorant and unworthy of such an honor.
How few people realize that it is this peace — the health and prosperity, as well as the welfare and safety of the individual — that allows us to be reconciled with God.
The chastisement, on the other hand, fell on Him.
The Romans ordered him to be beaten and scourged in public, and he complied.
They whipped and punished Him in full view of the jeering crowd, and His bruised, bleeding, and swollen person was the solution to the world’s and the human heart’s problems of peace and harmony.
When it comes to humiliating punishment, I don’t believe there has ever been a more inconvenient method than whipping and flogging grown men in public.
Even though various lawbreakers have faced severe penalties, it is not uncommon for one of them to boast and brag about his or her escape from justice.
He will almost certainly never be the brazen, dangerous individual he once was.
More painful than the lash that falls on the back is the embarrassment.
True repentance results in a violent revulsion against oneself; a truly repentant man who has realized the enormity of his sin and rebellion against God feels unable to even contemplate the possibility of begging God to let him go.
In the eyes of the world, He was treated as if he were a common thief, with wounds and bruises and bleeding from the lash for sins He did not commit, for rebellions in which He had no part, and for iniquity in the human stream that was an affront to a loving God and Creator.
When translated into the original language, the meaning of these “stripes” is not a flattering description.
This type of bodily laceration has historically been used as a punitive measure by mankind.
In most cases, the punishment is appropriate for the nature of the crime.
The suffering of Jesus Christ, on the other hand, was not a punishment.
The suffering of Jesus served a corrective purpose.
He was willing to suffer in order that He might correct and perfect us.
That is the splendor of the kind of sacrifice that had been brewing in the heart of God for a very long time!
It all started with His suffering and culminated in our healing.
It all started with His bruising and culminated in our cleaning.
I’ve discovered that repentance is primarily a feeling of remorse for our part in the uprising that wounded Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
However, even the most holy of justified men will reflect on his role in the wounding and chastisement of the Lamb of God after the pain and acute conviction that accompany repentance has subsided and a sense of peace and cleansing has arrived.
Still, there will be a sense of wonder—wonder at how the Lamb who had been wounded could transform His wounds into the cleansing and forgiveness of the one who had been wounded.
Because evangelical churches were afraid of being labeled as “holy rollers” in spite of the fact that the word sanctification is a good Bible word, we went through a period in which they barely dared to speak the word.
Those who believe in Christ, who are God’s children, should have a holy longing and desire for the pure heart and clean hands that are a delight to their heavenly Father.
He was bruised, wounded and chastised so that the people of God could be a cleansed and spiritual people—in order that our minds might be pure and our thoughts pure.
It starts with His open, bleeding wounds and ended in quiet hearts and serene and joyous dispositions in His followers.
If the wonder has all gone out of it, something is wrong, and you need to get the rocky earth broken up again!
And he was well aware that God would not hold his previous misdeeds against him in perpetuity.
At the same time, Paul could only shake his head in wonder and confess: “I am unworthy to be called, yet by His mercy, I am a new creature in Christ!” It is for this reason that I bring up Paul’s faith, certainty, and joy in order to emphasize the fact that if we ever lose sight of our modest feeling of everlasting penance, we are on the verge of falling away from our justified state.
Charles Finney, who has been hailed as one of God’s greatest men throughout history, said that, in the middle of his labors and tries to bring persons to Christ, he would occasionally detect a coldness in his own heart.
When he wrote about his experiences, he described how he was forced to abandon all of his activities in order to seek God’s face and Spirit once more via fasting and prayer.
If we are to be joyously successful for our Lord, those who make up the Body of Christ, His church, must be inwardly conscious of two fundamental truths: We must be confident in the knowledge that we have been cleansed by His wounds and that God’s peace has been realized through His stripes in order to move on.
- We must also have a joyous and powerful sense of appreciation for the bruised and wounded One, our Lord Jesus Christ, on our hearts and minds at all times.
- For His sake, the scars and bruises that should have beenfall us instead fell upon Him, and we are thereby spared!
- Those lowly Christians exchanged the following words among themselves: “Throughout the next three months, let us walk quietly, check our hearts, wait on God, and seek His face.
- But God is still waiting for the humble souls who will not be happy until they hear God speak with divine fire from acacia bush in the desert, which a trained botanist from a university can explain better than Moses could ever do.
- We are in risk of losing the brightness and warmth of God’s Presence, and we may be left with little more than bread and wine.
In the end, it is less important that we know everything about the past and everything about science than it is that we desire to know and cherish the Presence of the Living God, who has given us “Jesus Christ the righteous, who is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for our sins, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1-2).
- The north wind should awaken; the south breeze should arrive; blow upon my garden to allow the spices to flow out.
- The Song of Solomon (Song of Solomon 4:16) states that Every Christian on the face of the earth, I would like to be able to ask them this question: Are you truly interested in God generating in you the lovely fruits and perfumes of the Holy Spirit?
- They sprout and emerge from a root system, and “the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit” (Proverbs 15:22).
- Every lovely garden you see, every fragrant flower that greets you as you enter, has its roots firmly planted in the ground.
- Taking the roots away will result in the blossom and flower lasting just for a short period of time.
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When the lady was caught in adultery, Jesus wrote something in the sand. What was it? The Ten Commandments, or the faults of the Pharisees, were on his mind as he wrote them all down. Is it possible that, by writing in sand rather of stone, he was trying to convey a message that religious elite regulations were temporary, much like the home constructed of sand? Do you have any other suggestions?
Revelations 7.53–8.11 tell the narrative of the lady who was caught in adultery. We don’t know what Jesus wrote because we don’t know what he wrote. Here are a few suggestions, however. St Augustine believed that by writing on the ground, Jesus was establishing himself as a lawgiver, repeating what God had done when he wrote the 10 commandments on tablets of stone, according to the tradition. Others believe he was simply sketching, and that it was a form of diversionary activity to take the edge off the tension in the room.
- Another theory is that he was emulating Roman law by putting first her offense – adultery – and then her sentence – death – in the same phrase.
- As a result, it becomes a symbol of forgiveness: misdeeds are not inscribed in concrete, but rather in dust.
- According to St Augustine, it was initially omitted by’men of weak faith’ because they believed it showed Jesus promoting adultery in some way.
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What Did Jesus REALLY Write in the Sand?
When Jesus faced the adulterous woman in John 8, what was it that he actually wrote in the sand that he saw? Innumerable hypotheses have been advanced by preachers over the years. That is a question to which I believe I have a rather definitive answer. Here are a few mediocre examples. Was Jesus doodling in order to buy some extra time as He gathered His thoughts? Please give me a break. He claimed to be the Son of God. His thoughts had obviously been gathered by this point. Was He writing in the ancient language of “sandskrit”?
- This is quite improbable.
- Because they were so taken aback by His miraculous wisdom, they dropped their ammo, startled and deafeningly silent.
- There have been several “preachers” who have told me about how Jesus inscribed the crimes of each religious leader in the sand, and that the schemers were so convicted that they dropped their rocks and fled the scene.
- However, according to verse three, the scribes and Pharisees coerced the adulteress into standing before the assembly of disciples.
- “Teacher, this lady was caught in the act of adultery,” they informed Jesus as they brought her before the gathering.
- “How about that, what do you think?” This question was being used as a trap by them in order to provide them with a reason for blaming him.
- After continuing to question him, he stood up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stoneather.” (8)He knelt on the ground and scribbled something down.
Jesus sprang up and questioned her, “Woman, where have they disappeared to?” “Doesn’t anyone think you’re guilty?” 11 “There isn’t nobody, sir,” she responded.
“Get out of here, and get out of your sinful existence.” NIV The key to understanding the “finger-writing” verse is found in Jeremiah 17:13.
There was a specific procedure that would be performed in order to bring judgment if enough witnesses could be gathered to establish that adultery had truly been committed.
In this case, the Oral Law of God had been violated.
By doing so, Jesus demonstrated to his accusers that THEY were not abiding by the law, but that He would do so anyway.
The Scribes and Pharisees simply claim that she was apprehended in the act.
So Jesus rose to his feet (after clearly proving that they were breaking the law themselves) and said, “He who is without sin among you, let him first hurl a stone at her” (John 8:7, emphasis added).
To fully appreciate the critical verse that provides the solution to this age-old issue, we must first understand a little bit about Hebrew history.
(I’m willing to bet he ended up with a little pruny.) Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, ended with a feast at his house, and there would be tremendous gladness that God had accepted the sacrifice and that everyone’s sins had been pushed ahead another year until the arrival of Christ.
“Just as themikveh (purifying bath) cleansed me on this day, may the Holy One (Messiah), blessed be his name, cleanse all of Israel when He comes” (Jeremiah 17:13).
He would have heard it 39 times by the time he was 50!
To summarize the stanza, it reads as follows: The people of Israel will be embarrassed if they turn their backs on the LORD their God, the source of live waters.
It reads as follows in its exact Hebrew translation: “Oh YHVH, the Immerser (BAPTIZER) of Israel, all those who depart from your ways shall be put to shame (publicly embarrassed), and those who turn aside from my ways will have their names written in the dust blotted out, for they have turned away from YHVH, the spring of life.” In other words, Jesus offered them a second chance, and they might have been ashamed and then repented in front of the LORD.
Instead, they refused to repent, rejecting the Messiah, and as a result, their names were written in the dust as a punishment.
The most intriguing aspect, in my opinion, is verse 9 of John 8: “And those who heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, walked out one by one, beginning with the eldest and continuing until the last: and Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing in the center.” In their consciences, they heard the voice of God, and the Spirit of God brought to their minds all the times they had heard the High Priest mention the scripture – but instead of receiving the conviction and repenting, they turned away from Him (exactly as it was predicted!) As they walked away, they went in order from the oldest to the youngest, with the older having heard the verse stated more frequently.
The events described in John 7:37-39 took place just before this tragedy.
(As a last aside, Jesus then returns to his teaching to the multitudes in the Temple, declaring, “I am the light of the world.”) That same morning, the four great lights of the court in the Temple were being extinguished after having been kept burning during the full week of the Feast of Tabernacles.
- What drove this woman to commit adultery in the first place?
- What was her daily routine like?
- In order for their sons to carry on the family name and provide for them in their old age, fathers always desired that they do so.
- Women did not have any civil rights at the time.
- They might even accompany the males to church on Sundays.
- It’s possible that this young lady had been beaten by her father.
- “I wish I had more boys,” he may have stated at one point.
What must have been going through her mind?
… What might have pushed her to the point where she would put her life in danger in order to be with a guy in an unlawful relationship?
Did she feel like she was trapped?
Do you think she was sad — did she genuinely want to be discovered in order to put an end to her terrible existence?
… Do you feel fear, judgment, or shame?
Possibly he told her that she was attractive.
This, however, does not absolve her of her guilt.
Jesus was well aware of this.
She was probably just half-dressed, embarrassed, and afraid at the time.
There are references to adultery throughout the Ten Commandments, the four Gospels, and ten more books of the Bible.
Jesus understood that individuals who were caught in even the most heinous sins did not have no hope.
In this section, we’ll look at the second group of injured persons.
The Scribes functioned similarly to attorneys in that they authored, taught, and interpreted the law.
They were not as wealthy as the Sadducees, but they spent every waking second attempting to adhere to the 643 commandments and a long list of what the New Testament refers to as “traditions” of men that they had learned.
Those in authority were scared of falling short of God’s high expectations – of failing to live up to an enraged taskmaster.
After all, they had amassed a few brownie points and deserved to be favored by God as well as respected by their fellow men.
Christ wished for them to turn from their sin.
John the Baptist had this to say about them: “‘Brood of vipers!’ He exclaimed when he noticed a large number of Pharisees and Sadducees en route to his baptismal immersion.
Because of this, give fruits that are worthy of repentance and refrain from saying to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father.” ” (Mat 3:7-9).
But this is what happens when you try to please a demanding God: you become filled with hypocrisy, pride, and prejudice as a result of your efforts.
On that particular day, Jesus was confronted by two types of individuals.
The woman had given up on herself.
God could never be in love with her.
Both the lady and her accusers were in need of forgiveness, repair, and a sense of possibility. All three were made available by Jesus. “I’m not going to condemn you either. “Go, and don’t sin any more.” Kevin Cornette, of prophecyfellowship.org, provided the historical facts.
What Did Jesus Write in the Sand? And How Does the Woman Caught in Adultery Relate to the Prodigal Son?
“A woman who had been caught in adultery was brought in by the professors of the law and the Pharisees. ‘Teacher, this lady was caught in the act of adultery,’ they informed Jesus as they brought her before the congregation. According to the Law of Moses, such women were to be stoned. ‘So, what are your thoughts?’ In order to have anything on which to base an accusation against him, they were using this question as a trap. “But Jesus knelt down and began writing on the ground with his finger,” says the author.
- While the Pharisees’ exercise was intended to demonstrate her guilt or innocence, the ultimate goal was to place Jesus in a no-win scenario.
- However, Jesus did neither.
- The authorities’ actions would have been perceived as rebellious and wicked, notwithstanding the fact that they were misusing Jewish law.
- Jesus was constant in his charity while still following the letter of the law.
- The names of those accused would have been recorded in dust or sand on the temple floor or in some other temporary manner, thus it is logical to assume that when Jesus initially stooped, He inscribed the name of the accused lady in dust.
- In this instance, “those who listened began to depart one at a moment, the older ones first, until there was only Jesus and the lady remaining standing there” (John 8:9).
- Despite His sinlessness, the sinless Christ was well-versed in Scripture and loved His Father’s message: “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and retain it!” (See Luke 11:28.) Dr.
They “washed their hands till they bled,” according to Dr.
Jesus recognized the Pharisees’ resentment at sinners who were received with mercy without having to earn it; nonetheless, they were still committing sins.
“You will never be able to comprehend the whole extent of God’s grace,” Dr.
They “refused to repent” and “rejected the Messiah,” she claims, and as a result, “their names were written in the dust” as guilty of sin.
Unfortunately, the Pharisees and Scribes turned down His offer to experience a loving God through repentance and forgiveness in order to follow His example.
As a result, the accusers “departed,” claiming that they “heard the voice of God speaking to them in their conscience.” (v.9) When it comes to compassion on the part of Jesus, The Parable of the Prodigal Sonmay be the only text that can compete with the story of Jesus and the adulteress.
Humiliation Covered: The Prodigal Son and the Adulterous Woman
Consider the following scenario: It’s possible that the Prodigal Son returned home with nothing, having sold his cloths to buy sustenance. The father rushes out and actually covers his son with his own body before asking for the greatest robe he can find — his own. Foreshadowing Christ’s propitiation, the father provides actual covering in the same way as God provided in the garden for Adam and Eve. Now envision the adulteress in her semi-naked state, frantically collecting her few clothing around whatever parts of her body she could hide with her few garments.
Confession and the Gift of God’s Grace
While confession is required for sinners to earn forgiveness, Jesus emphasized a distinction between the gift of grace and the honor that the Pharisees felt they were entitled to receive. It’s possible that this was done to underline the importance of the gift by not allowing either the adulteress or the Prodigal Son to confess. Perhaps Jesus was bringing to light another minor element of Jewish law that the religious leaders were already aware of: self-incrimination was considered unacceptably revealing testimony.
Furthermore, according to the Encyclopedia Judaica, “a wrongdoer is unfit as a witness since he or she is believed to be unfair and untruthful.” Doctor Barrier’s paper also addressed the dire position in which the adulteress found herself, and the Encyclopedia Judaica said that “Melancholy and depressed individuals must be stopped from admitting to crimes which they have not committed in order to be put to death.” She may have wished for the end of her existence.
- The way to freedom in a court of Jewish law was different from the path to freedom in a Christian court, because “the one who confesses and renouncefinds compassion” in a court of Jewish law (Proverbs 28:13).
- In the midst of reversing His decision to write in the sand once again, Jesus stood to inquire of the lady if she had been condemned.
- In response, He stated, “Neither do I condemn you” (John 8:10-11).
- All people are sinners, including this woman, yet His love would transform her life in ways that no law could ever do.
- I have done wrong.” “I am no longer deserving of the title of your son.” (See Luke 15:21.) When his father heard this confession, he quickly embraced him and drowned out his son’s comments with loud, joyous demands to begin preparing a feast.
- The father listened attentively to the boy’s confession while remaining kind and enthusiastic.
However, while his elder brother felt he had earned these kind of awards, they were really reserved for his father to distribute. No one is entitled to grace, but in order to truly enjoy the gift, one must first recognize their own need for it.
Pride in the Older Son and the Accusing Pharisees
After being offered the option to repent of their misdeeds, both the elder son in Luke 15 and the accusers in John 8 declined to do so. In John 8, Jesus bowed his head for the second time and waited. No one chastised the adulteress, but they also did not demonstrate any knowledge of their own sinful actions. In order to “provide the Pharisees with the chance to repent,” as Dr. Graig Keener put it, Jesus left the tale open-ended so that they would have “the opportunity to repent.” Dr. Keener observed that in Luke 15, the older son disgraced his father by “failing to greet” him as “father” or “sir,” as Dr.
Although the elder son was angry and believed he was entitled to the honor bestowed on his younger brother, the older son shown a complete lack of humility and merely wanted justice, completely unaware that he would be subjected to the same retribution if he continued to offend.
So, why didn’t the Older Son and the Pharisees take use of the same kindness mentioned above — the rule against confession – instead?
Humility and Repentance in the Prodigal Son and the Adulterous Woman
The Prodigal Son and the adulteress represent two groups of people who are disenfranchised in Jewish society: women and non-Jews. They were despised, exploited, and despised regardless of whether they were wealthy and powerful or impoverished and forgotten. In their humility, many women and Gentiles came to Jesus, showing that they were aware of profound needs under the surface of their negative identifications. These men and women were guided to the appropriate person by their faith. The Prodigal Son returned home with his head down low.
- There was no evidence that religious commitment could cure disease, dress the naked, bring people back from the dead, mend relationships, or liberate anybody from the burden of sin.
- Moreover, He is just as victorious in grace now as He was 2,000 years ago.
- When she is not working or participating in missionary activities, she may be found here digging into God’s word.
- You may keep up with Candice’s scriptural studies by visiting her blog, Wordwell (canada).
What did Jesus Write in the Sand?
Brant Pitre contributed to this article. The 17th of April, 2019 Find out more about The Meaning of the Mass Readings. Jesus reacts to them by writing on the mud, according to the transcript. The reaction is strange, but John makes it quite clear that Jesus responds by leaning down and writing with his finger on the ground, as shown in the illustration. And John informs us (something that most people overlook) that Jesus performed the miracle twice. In other words, he’s clearly emphasizing the point, and it’s a gesture that’s meant to be noticed, and it’s meant to draw our attention, but it’s also a little strange at the same time.
- As you might guess, commentators have gone crazy throughout the years attempting to figure out “What is Jesus up to?”.
- Some people believe that Jesus wrote the sins of the scribes and Pharisees in the dirt, and that when they saw their crimes written in the sand, they were driven to repentance, and that they then fled in shame.
- There are many who believe that Jesus was just disregarding the scribes and Pharisees, and that he was “doodling on the ground,” which is a reasonable explanation.
- First and foremost, some people believe it to be a sign of indifference.
- That’s one of the possibilities.
- Interestingly enough, I only discovered this while doing research for this explanation; it’s fascinating how far back Jerome’s influence can be traced.
- However, the most popular explanation, one that has been accepted not only by St.
Augustine himself, as well as by more recent Catholic biblical scholars, is that Jesus is here performing a sign that is a fulfillment of prophecy in order to save the world.
“The sin of Judah is written with an iron pen,” Jeremiah 17:1 tells us.
If you scroll down to verse 13, you’ll find the main verse of the book.
Okay, let’s take a brief pause here.
Now, in light of that prophecy, if you fast forward to the New Testament, it’s really fascinating.
The fountain of living water.
So when you link up the image of sin being written in the dirt and the fountain of living water, being rejected by the leaders of Judah, the leaders of Israel, some scholars have suggested that what Jesus is doing is basically performing a sign of judgment against the leaders in Jerusalem, the scribes and the Pharisees, who have rejected him (the fountain of living water), so that their sin is being written in the earth as a judgment against them; as a condemnation of them.
- It’s a riddle.
- And when they see the sign performed in light of that prophecy, they are convicted and it says that each one of them, beginning with the eldest, walks away and leaves Jesus and the woman alone.
- They are unable to push him (force him) into either letting the woman go or authorizing her being stoned and then getting in trouble with the Roman authorities.
- Which is this: some of my students when I used to teach on this would say, “Well, Dr.
If the law of Deuteronomy 22 says she was to be stoned, isn’t he breaking the law by not stoning her?” Well, what’s interesting is, in the book of Deuteronomy 17:6 it also says that “no one shall be put to death on the testimony of just one witness”, you have to have the testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses (in Deuteronomy 17:6).
- So what happens in John 8, is that all of the witnesses depart, and so when Jesus looks up from writing in the dirt, what does he say to the woman?
- All that are left are he and the woman.
- And she says, “Well no one, Lord.” And Jesus says “Neither do I condemn you.
- So even here, by springing the trap, he is faithful to the Mosaic Law.
- That would break the law.
- If you want an analogy of this, remember at the Trial of Sanhedrin?
- So he says to her, “Neither do I condemn you” and then his final words (so important), “Go and sin no more.” He calls her to repent, to change her life, to turn away from her life of adultery and to not commit that sin again.
It is a beautiful, beautiful story of divine mercy, and also the call to change one’s life from a life of sin.
What was Jesus writing in the dirt/sand when the Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery?
QuestionAnswer According to John 8:1–11, the narrative of the woman caught in adultery is told. According to a condensed version of the narrative, Jesus was brought before Him by the scribes and Pharisees, who, in their ongoing efforts to trap Jesus into saying anything they might use against him, brought Him a woman who had been caught in adultery. They reminded Him that the Mosaic Law required her to be stoned to death if she did not repent of her sin. “But what do you have to say?” they inquired of Him.
- “If any of you is without sin, let him be the first to hurl a stone at her,” He continued once he had straightened up (John 8:7).
- The people began to leave one by one (verses 8–9).
- Both parties to adultery were supposed to be stoned, according to the law (Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22).
- They would accuse Jesus of breaking Moses’ Law if he suggested that the lady should not be stoned, and they would be right.
- Several theories have been advanced as to what Jesus was writing, including the notion that He was jotting down a list of the crimes done by each of the Jewish leaders who were in attendance.
- Both of these hypotheses are plausible, but there is no way to know for certain whether one is correct.
- It was impossible for Jesus to be accused of breaking the law since He maintained the lawful penalty for adultery, which was stoning.
- Questions about John (return to top of page) When the Pharisees brought before Jesus a woman who had been caught in adultery, what was Jesus writing in the dirt/sand?
WHAT DID JESUS WRITE IN THE SAND?
WAS THERE ANYTHING ELSE JESUS WRITE IN THE SAND? –written by Mary A. LaClair1,300 word summary 2 Early in the morning, he returned to the temple; the entire congregation gathered around him, and he sat down and taught them. 3) The Pharisees and the scribes brought in a woman who had been caught in adultery, and they seated her in the middle of the courtroom. 4 They approached him and said, “Teacher, this lady has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 According to the law of Moses, we are to stone such women.” “Can you tell me what you think of her?” 6 They said that they were doing this to put him through his paces so that they could come up with a charge against him.
Seventeenth, as they continued to question him, he rose to his feet and said to them, “Let anyone who among you is without sin be the first to cast a stone at her.” 8 And once again he knelt on the ground and wrote with his finger on the surface of the earth.
10 Jesus raised his eyes to her and asked, “Woman, where have they gone?
And Jesus responded, “Neither do I condemn you; leave, and do not sin against me any longer.” RSV translation of John 8:2 Actually, none of the versions I studied refer to “sand”; instead, they refer to “ground.” Buildings, such as the Temple where this occurred, are rarely constructed entirely of sand.
Some believe it was the names of the guys who were present at the time, men who had sinned with her.
A lot of people believe the former; nevertheless, when it comes to the latter, I believe there is a method to infer from Scripture what Jesus wrote on the ground.
There are more than 24 occasions in the Bible when Jesus is reported as saying, “It is written” and/or something to the effect of “you should know the Scriptures.” In the documentation provided at the conclusion of this essay, you will find a list of several allusions to the Holy Scriptures made by Jesus.
- The Scribes and Pharisees were proud of their status as professors of the Law, and they had come to Jesus to put him to the test on the Law.
- These male accusers, like Adam, the stronger sex, attempted to shift the full burden of responsibility to the weaker sex, the woman.
- These guys were guilty of what is now known as’slut slamming,’ and Jesus punished the male for his actions while acquitting the female.
- We are told in Matthew 5:18 and Luke 16:17 that “not one jot or tittle of the law shall pass away” because Jesus Himself is the Law Giver.
- However, these individuals attempted to direct Jesus’ attention to only a portion of the Law – the portion that they picked – in order to “manage the moment” or “fool Him.” YOU CAN’T GET AWAY FROM GOD.
- (Chapter 9) I suppose that this second time He may have recorded the names of the equally culpable male participants, one by one, beginning with the eldest, on a piece of paper, because they departed “one by one.” As a result, He was demonstrating to the guys their own guilt.
- He would be informing them that they, too, were responsible.
- It would be commendable of Him to direct their attention to something they should have known but chose to disregard.
The section that reads: 14 When your daughters play the harlot, nor when your wives commit adultery, I will not punish them since the males themselves go off with harlots and sacrifice with cult prostitutes, and the people who do not comprehend this will come to disaster.” Hosea 4:14RSV (Revised Standard Version) These folks lacked comprehension, and he warns them that they would perish in the process.
- His message to the guys, I suppose, was to let them know he had not yet absolved them of the same crime or of their own fault in believing they did not require forgiveness themselves.
- They address a dead tree with questions, and they expect responses from a robust walking stick.
- They’ve substituted God with their own genitals as a kind of worship.
- They stretch out and enjoy themselves in the shade of the oaks and elms on the hills.
- In addition, the spouses of your sons are having affairs.
- Guys who pick up women for prostitution are what I’m after, as are the men who go to the holy whorehouses to worship.
- (Hosea 4:11-14, The Message of the Prophet) (emphasis mine) It is extremely evident in this passage that God holds men accountable if women become prostitutes or adulteresses or otherwise engage in sexual crimes, and I believe this is what brought the discussion to a close.
Furthermore, God does not look the other way when it comes to sexual immorality today.
He most likely did write down the names of the individuals who were guilty of the same sin, but I believe He wrote the Law first so that they would have no bargaining chips left to use against one another afterwards.
YOU CAN’T GET AWAY FROM GOD.
They were also aware of the provisions of the law that deal with false witnesses (did they believe Jesus didn’t?
The following article concludes with a reference to Deuteronomy 19:16-21, which deals with false witnesses.
It is my understanding that Jesus mentioned or wrote out Hosea 4:14 on the ground for the first time, following which he wrote down the names of those who were there to whom the Law was applicable.
The fact that Jesus penned the rule the SECOND time He wrote it was applied in the remark part by Malinda, who said so herself in the comments section.
Melinda suggests that Jesus reminded them of it, which I had left to the assumption that they were aware of it themselves.
That’s really cool.
Is there a lesson here for today?
When he mentioned the story with the woman who was caught in adultery, the audience’s attention was drawn to him.
This is where I learned that Jesus did not write in the sand as is often believed, but rather “on the ground” as the Bible says.
Due to the fact that the temple was built on large cobblestone squares rather than sand, according to him, Jesus could very well have written on stone with his finger – just as He wrote the Ten Commandments – and the Pharisees would have recognized that they had come into contact with the Law Maker Himself.
teaching a lesson that is more profound than the human ear can perceive?
It gives me a tingling sensation. This post titled:JESUS VALIDATES PROPHETS AND SCRIPTURES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT – END contains the Scriptures where Jesus said:”It is written” and “You should know the Scriptures.” The needed URL for use of ChristArt clip art is_g=1 start=3
What Did Jesus Write in the Sand? – Rockville United Methodist Church
“Can You Tell Me What Jesus Wrote on the Sand?” John 8:1-11RUMC 16th of July, 2017 RUMC Pete Schilling is a baseball player who plays in the Major Leagues. The “Bible in a Year” project is something I’m doing this year, and I’m reading a different collection of Scripture verses every day. So here we are on May 14th: I’m now reading the well-known tale in the Gospel of John about the woman who was caught in adultery and brought before Jesus. It’s the one in which Jesus tells the Holy Priests and disciples, “Let those who are without sin cast the first stone,” referring to those who are without sin.
- Jesus was drawing something in the sand, and it captured my attention.
- As a result, I started to look into other writers’ and professors’ opinions.
- Upon rising in the morning, he reappeared in the temple courts, where all of the people had gathered around him, and he sat down to instruct them.
- “Teacher, this lady was caught in the act of adultery,” they informed Jesus as they brought her before the gathering.
- “How about that, what do you think?” 6They were attempting to trick him into answering the question in order to gain evidence against him.
- 7When they continued to interrogate him, he stood up and said to them, “Let any among you who is without sin be the first to hurl a stone at her.
- 9At this point, those who had listened started to leave one by one, beginning with the older ones, until just Jesus and the woman remained, the lady still standing there.
“Doesn’t anyone think you’re guilty?” 11 “There isn’t nobody, sir,” she responded.
“Get out of here, and get out of your sinful existence.” There are several renditions of this biblical reading available on YouTube.
As I stood there watching them, I felt like I was part of the mob, a stone in my hand, ready to throw.
Massive chunks of granite made up the foundation of the structure.
It was the Scribes and Pharisees who took this lady to Jesus in the Temple, where they accused her!
It was the Scribes who had “TOOK” a lady who had been caught in adultery and were seeking to SHAME her by putting her on display in front of the people.
They hoped to prosecute the lady while also attempting to entrap Jesus at the same time.
He just scrawled on the ground, and as a result, people “continued to inquire of Him.” After that, Jesus writes once more.
After that, they depart In most cases, the Salvation portion of this tale – the forgiveness of the guilty woman – is the primary focus.
The Religious Men (also known as “Religious Men”): For several days, Jesus had been preaching in the courtyard of the temple.
He continued to flout several of the religious regulations established by the Pharisees even as He performed numerous miracles and healings.
It was their intention to have their temple guards arrest Jesus, but the guards were unable to carry out their instructions.
That morning, they physically dragged this woman from a man’s bed and dragged her to the Temple courtyard where Jesus was preaching.
The law requires that she be stoned.
They were well aware that her punishment would be death by stoning.
They were successful.
Jesus, on the other hand, did not say “yeh” or “neigh,” but instead did something altogether different from what those religious leaders were anticipating.
What did Jesus have to say in response?
This narrative demonstrates a distinct aspect of Jesus, as well as a different reaction style.
When the Pharisees confront Him, He does not answer verbally; instead, He remains silent throughout the whole episode.
When they ask Jesus whether or not they should stone this woman, He does not explicitly answer the question.
They “continue to beg Him” as a result of not receiving an answer.
One statement, one really difficult difficulty!
What was it that He wrote?!
According to verse 8 of the Bible, “Jesus bent down and scribbled on the ground with his finger, as though he had not heard” what was being spoken.
Instead, he opted not to respond with a rapid legalistic statement, despite the fact that he was well aware of the law’s requirements.
For hundreds of experts and regular worshippers like us, however, the million-dollar issue is: what should we do about it?
Was it intended to be a rebuke to the Pharisees?
Was he planning to dismiss the woman’s accusation and simply return to the throng to deliver his message to the audience?
We simply do not know what to do.
The following are the sins I would have showed them peering down into what Jesus had written, which I think were the sins of each individual man:
- Anger, prejudice, jealousy, deception, hatred, corruption, and slander are all examples of negative emotions.
My director’s interpretation of the story had each guy take a step back and walk out, one by one, as His words on the ground were read aloud. When they heard what He said, they were convicted by their own consciences and went out one by one, beginning with the eldest, until they had all gone, according to the New Testament version penned by J B Phillips: “And when they heard what He said, they were convicted by their own consciences and went out one by one, beginning with the eldest, until they had all gone.” What comes to mind is Jesus’ instruction against criticizing others, which we read about earlier in Luke:41 (see below).
What is it about you that you are so preoccupied with the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and completely ignore the plank in your own?” Perhaps they recognized their own failings at the moment – perhaps Jesus noted them as the accusers walked by – or perhaps it was simply their own conscience speaking to them.
There was a woman there, and we don’t know who she was.
After all of the accusers had fled, there was just Jesus and the lady remaining.
Is there no one left to call her to account?
- My director’s interpretation of the story had each guy take a step back and walk out, one by one, while His words on the ground were read. When they heard what He said, they were convicted by their own consciences and went out one by one, beginning with the eldest, until they had all gone, according to the New Testament version penned by J B Phillips: “And when they heard what He said, they were convicted by their own consciences and went out,” he writes. Jesus’ instruction against criticizing others, which was previously read from Luke:41, came to mind. What is it about you that you are so preoccupied with the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and completely ignore the plank in your own? Perhaps they recognized their own failings at the moment – perhaps Jesus noted them as the accusers walked by – or perhaps it was merely their own guilt that caused them to confess. As they walked away from the group, they began to drop their stones one by one. There was a woman there, and we have no idea who she was. Moreover, she stayed anonymous for the sake of this narrative, and she vanished at the conclusion, rushing out of the courtyard. It was just Jesus and the woman who survived after everyone else had fled. Afterwards, he stood up and inquired as to where all of her accusers had disappeared to. Is there no one left to call her to account for what she has done? His next words are two very crucial charges for her to consider:
Our Takeaway: JESUS WAS COMMUNICATING THROUGH SILENCE! Forgiveness with a call to repent and halt The “Silent Conversation” that Jesus held with those in attendance was far more profound than any words He could have said. The only words that Jesus addressed to the scribes and Pharisees were, “Let anyone who is without sin among you first hurl a stone at her.” That was the only thing he spoke to them. – John 8:7 (NIV) Despite this, a great deal more was realized.
- He made it clear that he was not interested in making allegations. He expressed his disinterest in disputing and discussing by communicating that he was not interested in these activities.
That is what Jesus taught us.
- There are instances when just ignoring accusations (background noise) is the best course of action. The sound of silence may be deafening! They will eventually run out of things to say
- We ought to love everyone, including those who are broken
Closing: This morning’s tale isn’t about the application of laws and the imposition of penalties. Rather, it is a matter of compassion and forbearance. We find many times that we are quick to evaluate a situation or condemn somebody someone has told us about. It is quite easy for us to agree with someone else’s summary of an occurrence when we are not involved. Why is it that we seek for the negative first and not the positive? The only character in the narrative that shown compassion was Jesus.
- They haven’t changed their minds about this woman at all.
- Jesus, on the other hand, would forgive her.
- Throughout her poem, “The Land of Beginnings Again,” Louisa Fletcher depicts a place where mistakes have been forgotten, wrongs have been forgiven, and misunderstandings have been laughed away with a sense of nostalgia.
- A location where sorrows and heartaches are far away from the heart.
- After hearing such poetry, we can think to ourselves, “Wouldn’t such a location, such a “Land of Beginning Again” be wonderful?
- Oh, how we wish it were more than a poet’s fantasies.
- There is a “Land of Beginning Again” that has been promised to us, and it is far more magnificent than the poet depicted.
- Due to the fact that the initial things have gone away, death, grief, and suffering will also be extinct in their respective realms.
- Peter who will receive us at the gates.
- It will be none other than Jesus himself.
- Revelation 20:12 (New International Version) I saw the dead, both great and tiny, standing before the throne, with books being opened in front of them.
“The deceased were judged according to their deeds, which were documented in the books.” Revelation 21:27 (New International Version) No impure item or person will ever be allowed to enter it, nor will anybody who commits acts of shame or deception; only those whose names are recorded in the Lamb’s book of life will be permitted to do so.
- You can hear the Chief Pharisee accuse the woman of adultery and demand that she be stoned to death, as if she were a criminal.
- Are you standing with the others, ready to condemn this lady, or are you standing with Jesus, pleading for pity, forgiveness, and love on behalf of this woman?
- What information about Pete Schilling do I wish to be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?
- Amen The Land of Rebirth and Rebirthing written by Louisa Fletcher I wish there was some amazing location called the Land of Beginning Again where I could go and start over.
Like the hunter who comes across a lost trail, I wish we could come upon it all completely unprepared; and I wish that the one to whom our blindness had done the greatest injustice of all Could be waiting at the gates like an old friend who is eager to greet the new comrade who has brought him the greatest joy.
It would be impossible not to be kind in the Land of Beginning Again, and those whom we had misunderstood and those whom we had grudged their moments of achievement here would find themselves in the clutch of our loving hand-clasp as they ascended the ladder of success.
Hence my desire to find a lovely paradise called the Land of Beginning Again, where all of our mistakes, all of our heartaches, and all of our wretched selfish anguish could be abandoned at the door and never to be picked up again, as if it were a ragged old coat.
Lessons for Beginners, Stoned Test, Trick Without Sin, Nabu Press, 2011.