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          Random thoughts from someone trying to walk in His light

    Mon, Sep 1st - 2:07PM



    What Was Jesus Writing?

        John 8:1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" 6They 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. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
        9At 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. 10Jesus 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."

        What was Jesus writing? Maybe we should deal with what we do know before we get distracted by the unknown.
       
    I can’t help but wonder, which side would I have been on in this scene. Of course, we know how the story turns out. I like to think I would have rushed to the woman’s side and stood between her and her accusers. That I would have been there to demonstrate grace for those vile, legalist Pharisees. But I don’t know. How many other times have I stood up for a known sinner? An outcast? When the "religious" are condemning Clinton, or Obama, or gay marriage, do I ever suggest grace
    ? Excuse me while I find a place to drop this stone.
       
    Have you ever felt condemned? The Pharisees planned this show. The waited until Jesus had a big crowd and then went and got the person they knew would most be seen as guilty. Because if there had been a thought that she might be innocent, that would have given Jesus a way out. They knew right where to find her. They dragged her out, maybe barely covered to enhance her shame, and cast her in the dirt before Jesus.

    That is our rightful place, by the way, not standing with a stone, but in the dirt before Jesus.
       
    How beautiful then is verse 10! How long had it been since she was able to look up and not feel condemned? Here was the whole city, gathered to judge her, and they had simply walked away. For once there was no one there to shake their heads. To spit on her. How great it must have felt to have them simply walk away. To admit that they were no better. To be accepted.
        What was Jesus writing? I don’t know. I’m still trying to deal with what he said.


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