A Christian Journey

But Jesus

“This they said to test Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger.”  John 8:6  Amplified

In looking at Jesus humanness this scripture verse jumped out at me because of what He did. There are many unanswered questions about Jesus and this is one of them. What did he write down? Not to be disrespectful, but was this the first doodle?

The Scribes and the Pharisees have asked Him a serious question. They brought to Him a woman caught in adultery, telling Him the law says she should be stoned. Then they ask Him what He thinks about that, what would His sentence be for her. They were trying to trick Him so that they could accuse Him and belittle Him in front of the people. His response is nothing, he does not answer, but stoops down and writes with His finger on the ground. We aren’t told what He writes, but they persisted in asking Him. Finally, He stands up and tells them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

The first obvious lesson here is to be careful of accusing others of breaking the law when you have likely done it yourself. We are all sinners saved by grace. The second thing I get from this is to not be so quick to answer. I have learned that over the years when asked something I will often say, let me get back with you. Wisdom dictates we ponder on something before giving a quick answer. Sometimes quick answers cause regret.

No, we don’t know what Jesus wrote on the ground, but He did. I’ve heard it said that when you see in the Bible “but God” or “but Jesus”, to pay attention because it means they are intervening. Jesus stood up for this woman and it changed her life, remember though, that after He defended her He told her to go and sin no more.


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