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    John 8:3-8
    The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?"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. When 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." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
    Does anyone know what Jesus was writing on the ground? It strikes me as curious why John wrote this, but didn't include exactly what it was Jesus was writing. Is this significant? Or did John not mention the specifics because it wasn't significant?

  • #2
    Originally posted by drjoshua View Post
    Does anyone know what Jesus was writing on the ground? It strikes me as curious why John wrote this, but didn't include exactly what it was Jesus was writing. Is this significant? Or did John not mention the specifics because it wasn't significant?
    Any answer to that question would be speculation since scripture just doesn't say.

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    • #3
      Wouldn't we all like to know.
      I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
      For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor;
      no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

      Psalm 84:10-11

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      • #4
        Yeah, it would be speculation to guess... and I have heard many pastors say possibly he was writing the names of those who they had also committed adultery with, or other sins.

        It is hard to know if that was just one of those details included to paint the scene...or if it does have any significant meaning. I tend to think it does, otherwise Jesus could have just been doodling on the ground, bored with their questions.... an act of ignoring them until he was ready to answer.

        And I don't believe there are any other instances in the bible where he did this, so maybe that fact alone made it noteworthy for John to include...

        But I cannot wait to find out once we get to Heaven!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cocopea9052 View Post
          Yeah, it would be speculation to guess... and I have heard many pastors say possibly he was writing the names of those who they had also committed adultery with, or other sins.

          It is hard to know if that was just one of those details included to paint the scene...or if it does have any significant meaning
          . I tend to think it does, otherwise Jesus could have just been doodling on the ground, bored with their questions.... an act of ignoring them until he was ready to answer.

          And I don't believe there are any other instances in the bible where he did this, so maybe that fact alone made it noteworthy for John to include...

          But I cannot wait to find out once we get to Heaven!
          Jesus fascinates me!

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          • #6
            I've always thought He was writing each person's sins on the ground but this is just speculation on my part of course. Will be just one of the zillion questions I have for Him when I get up to Heaven.

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            • #7
              A wise elderly teacher who mentored me when I started working in a Sunday School Department told me he thought that Jesus wrote the woman'sname on the ground, when he announced that the one who was without sin could cast a stone at her.

              Then, the second time He wrote, he wrote the word "Forgiven." As if to say, "The one who had the ability to condemn you has chosen to set you free."

              Don't know if it's true, but I thought he painted a beautiful picture of that piece of Scripture.
              John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

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              • #8
                What's important in this passage is not what Jesus wrote but how He wrote it: with His finger.

                The discussion in this text is about one of the ten commandments, those which were written by the finger of God. In writing with His finger, Jesus, in an understated manner, identifies Himself as possessing the authority of the One who issued the commandment against adultery, underscoring His own authority to forgive the one who broke it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Obadiah View Post
                  What's important in this passage is not what Jesus wrote but how He wrote it: with His finger.

                  The discussion in this text is about one of the ten commandments, those which were written by the finger of God. In writing with His finger, Jesus, in an understated manner, identifies Himself as possessing the authority of the One who issued the commandment against adultery, underscoring His own authority to forgive the one who broke it.
                  Oh wow....I never heard that before. yep that makes sense to me and does seem to take the focus off what he may have written....See, I learn something everyday here.

                  But why do you suppose he did it twice? Does that symbolize anything?

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                  • #10
                    I'm not sure if it's that He writes two separate times or if He simply breaks off His writing to say "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her" and then resumes.

                    If there is a significance to His writing twice, it might recall the two different sets of tablets God wrote. But I tend to think it was just that He interrupted His writing activity to deliver the message.

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                    • #11
                      I've wondered in the past if He wrote the verse that stated that when some one commits adultery, they and the one they are with were to be taken out and stoned. The woman was caught in the very act. Obviously they caught the man too but they only brought the woman to be judged. Could their hypocrisy be more obvious? I don't think so.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Obadiah View Post
                        What's important in this passage is not what Jesus wrote but how He wrote it: with His finger.

                        The discussion in this text is about one of the ten commandments, those which were written by the finger of God. In writing with His finger, Jesus, in an understated manner, identifies Himself as possessing the authority of the One who issued the commandment against adultery, underscoring His own authority to forgive the one who broke it.
                        Wow, I never thought of it that way. I suppose He could have written with a stick... Very cool and powerful, Obadiah, thanks!
                        "...earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." Jude 1:3b


                        Jesus + something = nothing

                        Jesus + nothing = Everything

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tigger View Post
                          I've wondered in the past if He wrote the verse that stated that when some one commits adultery, they and the one they are with were to be taken out and stoned. The woman was caught in the very act. Obviously they caught the man too but they only brought the woman to be judged. Could their hypocrisy be more obvious? I don't think so.

                          Yep, that's a good point too. And I also heard pastors say that they may have gone as far as to set the women up, and that is why they did not bring the man. Which I often wondered who brought the woman to the Pharisees-that they brought her to Jesus, and who is the one that caught her in the act?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ToriNoell View Post
                            I've always thought He was writing each person's sins on the ground but this is just speculation on my part of course.
                            Maybe He was just doodling.

                            Will be just one of the zillion questions I have for Him when I get up to Heaven.
                            Yes, He will be bombarded with a zillions upon zillions of questions from us all.

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                            • #15
                              Jesus probably started writing the 10 commandments showing them all are guilty



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