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Stones made of Sand

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Have you ever really wondered what Jesus wrote in the sand?

I have. John 8 goes into detail about the woman who was caught in adultery.

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;

Doodling

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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30 thoughts on “Stones made of Sand

  1. The scribes and Pharisees used the woman to set a trap for Jesus. The Law did require a couple caught in adultery to be stoned, but the Jews no longer accepted that type of punishment for the sin. So, no matter how Jesus answered the question, the scribes and Pharisees thought they had Jesus trapped.

    Yet, Jesus thrust the question back on His inquisitors and they were weighed down by His words.

    • Larry, where have you been besides moving? Did you get settled?

      Yes, I know they were trapping here…isn’t that sad. I know I can tell you this but as I studied John 8 and this story I sensed the Holy Spirit showing me what was not seen. I haven’t had that in any other blog I have written. This one was a supernatural involvement for me as if God was showing me more sides of him I hadn’t seen.

      I have a question that I left out because it didn’t really relate to my purpose which was to emphasize the attributes of Jesus and how much I want to improve being like him.

      In the passage it told how when Jesus told them “whoever hasn’t sinned throw the first stone” it says, “the older men left first.” What did that mean? It has to be significant. But why?

      Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC http://www.wix.com/cathyneil/Property-Management 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

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      • We’re now moved, but not settled in as yet. Stuff everywhere.

        I, too, have looked at John 8:9 and wondered why it was written in that way. The author, John, was present so he felt it was significant. My only guess, so far, would be the older scribes and priests were the leaders and thus felt their efforts were blunted and that retreat was their only option.

  2. I have heard it said that when Jesus wrote he was standing on cobblestone. If so, that would have been another miracle not written down. Interesting Post!
    Thank you & God Bless You!

  3. That was so beautifully written, Cathy! This whole post of yours would go well under helping a Christian deal with persecution… if we could grasp the ability of this wisdom, self- assuredness, and calm righteousness that Jesus emanated, we would be able to withstand anything that could be thrown at us, including being mistreated.

  4. Thanks for this message Cathy… I’ve been needing to follow His example of patience under pressure lately. Many blessings! Vince

  5. “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”

    Awesome post Cathy!

  6. She was sure of who He was…

    And when we are sure of who He is, when we finally really truly know Him with our hearts — and how much He loves us — then we can know who we truly are. When our Longings End in Christ, we find our lives…

    God is so very good…praising Him for your post, Cathy. God bless you.

  7. I want to be more like Him, too, Cathy…more now than ever before. 🙂

  8. This is a great post. Thank you for sharing. Whatever Jesus wrote in the sand, it was written by the same hand that wrote the Bible; that’s a pretty incredible thing to contemplate.
    Although I’ll be excited to learn what he wrote when we enter eternity, the fact that the scripture doesn’t tell us shows that what he was writing wasn’t the point. Perhaps, as you suggested, he was seeking the Father; perhaps he was distracting the accusers’ attention away from the woman to protect her. What truly matters is the lesson of compassion and grace. The only one worthy of throwing a stone chose forgiveness.

    • Thanks. Like you I look forward to finding out what he wrote and why. There was so much to this event and especially as I tried to convey was how Jesus reacted and his actions in general.

    • He could had simply wrote: Abraham- doubted forgiven. Moses lost his temper forgiven. David committed adultery and murder forgiven. We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God but through Christ we too are forgiven.

  9. Great post 🙂 I heard someone suggest Christ was writing the sins of the accusers in the sand, using it to shut them up. I always have to smile at Christs’ wisdom. He has a way of winning every argument he gets into with the pharisees. They’re sort of outmatched trying to trap God.

  10. As I read this post, God revealed that as long as I am seeking Him and striving to please Him and Him alone, my rewards are greater than any title or material thing on earth. His love is ENOUGH!

    For sin is sin. One sin is enough to be condemned. In this woman sin she had enough humility to go before Him respectfully and realize that He was different, he was worthy, he was Holy. Yet the others who condemned her approached Him with little respect. They were commanding Him somewhat. He is judge alone.Some of us place ourselves before Him because of material wealth or a title. We are nothing without Him. Just filfthy rags. I am thankful for His love for us and most importantly His mercy. Amen

    Thank you Jesus for reminding me that you are Enough!

    Shenine

  11. amazing..i read and think of this a lot..

  12. Beautiful post-especially at this season! Also thanks for stopping by and “liking” my post! Peace!

  13. I think he was just doodling..Jesus never waisted any time, he went about the Father’s business and got the job done..amen…

  14. Hi Cathy, perhaps Jesus wrote their names in the sand, it would have troubled them to realise Jesus knew them personally and they would have looked foolish to the younger Scribes as they were trying to trap Jesus but failed, it was their pride that was in question, if they had heart conviction they would not have continued to persecute Jesus and then finally have Him crucified.

    Jesus also at times had righteous anger calling the Pharisees a brood of vipers and getting the whip out another time He also rebuked Peter firmly. It’s what motivates our anger and emotions that makes them wrong not having them, although when we hold onto resentment and bitterness and seek revenge they do poison us.

    Many today will not come to heart repentance they prefer to blame or discredit someone else, there is no sorrow for what they have done, they sometimes even claim their unloving actions was God’s will because others need to learn, sadly they will be accountable as will anyone who doesn’t repent and turn from evil and be purified or made white by putting their flesh to death instead of making excuses for it.

    Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

    1 Peter 1:21-23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

  15. P.S Hi again Cathy, in my quiet time this morning which is really all day because I’m often talking with Jesus, I asked Him what He wrote in the sand and He confirmed in my heart, it was their names and the second time their sins, which they alone could see, this is why they couldn’t argue anymore, if He was just a man, He wouldn’t have known and it was why He said if you are without sin caste the first stone, they knew He knew they were not sinless and so they walked away not wanting to be exposed but as we know they didn’t repent they killed Jesus instead, …the big cover up.

    Everything we have said, thought or done on earth, is in the Book of Life and those who reject Jesus and His free Gift of Salvation by never coming to heart repentance and being Born again of God’s seed and perfected in Love, will be judged and punished for their sins but we as God’s redeemed children are in The Lambs book of Life and our sins are not recorded, only our good works that God prepared in advance for us to do and so we will be judged for rewards … How good is that!

    Take Care Cathy – Christian Love- Anne.

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