The obvious intention of her “stoners” was to stone her for this sin. Where was the other half of this adulterous affair? Why wasn’t he accused? Talk about a double standard….
“Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
The scripture is clear Jesus not only bent down once and wrote in the sand, but he did it twice. The following are some thoughts of what he may have written or been doing;
Drawing a picture
Writing her name
Writing a code
Writing a note to himself
Writing the abc’s
Waiting on God to speak to him…..
The Bible isn’t clear about what he wrote which to me makes it even more interesting.
Maybe……it wasn’t what he wrote that was so important, but how he wrote it. Ah..Ha!
He bent down twice….taking his time. He was not intimidated at all by these fault-finding whistle blowers.
He was humbly confident of his intentions. He was not swayed by their commands or their incrimination of this woman. Nor was he the least bit moved by their hollow hearted threats.
Jesus spoke patience and forgiveness with his body language. His reserved distance to answer quickly sent a shudder of curiosity through the mob’s veins.
There is no doubt Jesus was in control of the situation and this merciless gang. His presence was duly noted. His wisdom shook their bitter hearts to the core leaving them wallowing in their own shame.
One by one her jury crept away. Jesus’ instruction to the woman ended this mock trial.
Jesus exhibits calmness. Anger never surfaced. His movements initiated peace.
The silence got their attention. His reactions were startling. His words were few but complete.
Their accusations became their own retribution.
Forgiveness poured out of his soul like ocean waves over this woman.
Love seeped deeply from his heart to hers.
She knew this was no ordinary man.
Luke 21: 14-15 “But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”
Jesus’ power showed up in what he didn’t do as much as what he did do.
The key component was wisdom. Nothing fancy. Nothing elaborate. Only wisdom.
Jesus comfortably spoke the truth which rendered them speechless.
His reaction to their chastisement spoke volumes of his intellect, knowledge and insight.
His mercy and grace showered the surroundings adding to the depth of his character.
He was sincere in his determination of the outcome, but pure in his motives.
The peaceful anointing that covered him revealed the righteousness of God.
He was sure of who he was, and so was she.
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