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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?
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    Quote 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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    Wouldn't we all like to know.

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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    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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    Quote 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!

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Jesus probably started writing the 10 commandments showing them all are guilty



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    Quote 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.



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    Glory to God.
    John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that
    cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samuel View Post
    Glory to God.
    John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that
    cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
    how does this fit?
    the accusers all left



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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzardhut View Post
    how does this fit?
    the accusers all left
    John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I
    condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

    Go and sin no more was Our Lord's counsel.

    Psalm 130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

    It talks a lot about Law and grace.

    Jeremiah 17:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed,
    and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because
    they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

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    Here is something that KevCornette posted on the old site a few years back.

    Rabbi Kev has since gone Home to be with the Lord, but was a real blessing back then. I learned a lot from him...
    Okay. First a little history. This event takes place in John 8, the day after the events that took place in Chapter 7:37 through verse 53. Let's look there first:

    In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
    John 7:37-40


    When Jesus stands and cries in the Temple is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and meaningful events in the life of Messiah. In John 7:2, we read that this was during the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles), one of the three Feasts of Ascension (when all Jewish men from 12 years old and upward were required to be in Jerusalem).

    On the last day, the great day of the Feast, is Hosannah Rabbah, and a special ceremony took place as long as the Temple of God stood. The priest would be split into three divisions and perform certain functions.

    The first would stay in the Temple and prepare to shout the Hallel and glorify God (along with the Levitical Choir and musicians) when the other two groups got back from their assigned duties.

    The second division of priests would go out to the Kidron valley on the north of the Temple to cut down huge (25-30 foot long) willow branches. The willow branch is a symbol of the resurrection, for when these willow branches were put into the ground, they would take root and grow into trees. These priests would bring the branches into great stands to wave them over the Altar of sacrifice to make the sound of a mighty rushing wind to commemorate the day that God lit the fire of the Altar in Solomon's Temple (2 Chronicles 7:1-4). They would enter the Temple through the Eastern Gate (where the resurrected Jesus will enter at His return) and wait til the appropriate time.

    The last group accompanied the Kohen HaGaddol (High Priest) to the pool of Siloam, where he dipped a silver pitcher into the pool to draw out of the well "Living Waters". As he drew the water out, he would sing/chant chapter 12 of Isaiah:

    And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.


    (can you see the Messianic prophecy here. The underlined part reads in Hebrew "Behold, God is Y'shua. I will put my confidence in and reverence him. YAH, YHVH is my strength, my rejoicing, and has become my Y'shua" -- Y'shua is Jesus name in Hebrew! )

    After the water is drawn, the Kohen HaGaddol and his company would come up to the Temple through the Water Gate and wait outside the entrance. (as a quick aside, as soon as the companies of Kohen left, everyone would bow down and wait until the ceremony began)

    What these three companies were waiting for is the sound of the flute. The ceremony began with the sound of a flute playing from the pinnacle of the Temple of God. This flute was called "The Pierced One" and had five holes in it (remember Jesus had five wounds: 2 hands, 2 feet and his side!). As soon as the pierced one cried out, the ceremony began. However, in this year, while everyone is bowing and waiting for the Pierced One to cry out, Jesus STOOD and cried instead (for He truly is the Pierced One - Zechariah 12:10, Psalm 22:16, John 19:34-37 & Revelation 1:7!)! HalleluYAH!

    Jesus cries out and tells them "This ceremony we have celebrated together for 1500 years, it is pointing to this: I will cause the Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit] to come and dwell in you, if you will put your confidence in me, just like the Scripture said that the Kohen HaGaddol just quoted!" Many believed on Him on this day. And Jesus spoke with such power and authority that the Levitical Officers (who operated as policemen in the Temple complex and were commissioned to arrest anyone who disturbed the ceremony) could not arrest Jesus but simply said "No man ever spoke like this Man!" (John 7:46).

    All of this takes place on the last day of Sukkot, the 21st day of Tishre. The following day is a minor Feast of the LORD called "Simchat Torah", or "Rejoicing with the Torah". It was supposed to be a great day of celebration and rejoicing before the LORD because God had given His people the Living Torah (who is, indeed, Jesus). Instead of rejoicing that Jesus had come bringing salvation, deliverence and the forgiveness of sin, the accusers came to bring accusation. On this day, Jesus was once again in the Temple teaching (John 8:2) -- the common Jews rejoicing with the Living Word, and the leaders bringing the accusation.

    (I am sorry that this is taking so long to set up, but this information is needed to rightly divide the Word here, and have understanding of what Jesus said and did).

    And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

    Now just a little more history: Whenever someone was caught in adultery, both the man and the woman would be brought to the Nicanor gates and accused. If witnesses could be gathered to confirm that adultery had indeed been committed, then there was a certain ceremony that would be done in order to bring judgment. However, in this instance they only brought the woman. This was a violation of the Oral Law of God. Strike One.

    Secondly, the priest was required to then stoop down and write the law that had been broken (na'aph, or 'adultery' would be written in Hebrew), along with the name of the accused, in the dust of the floor of the Temple (which Jesus did) [actually, the priest could write the law and the names anywhere, as long as the marks were not permanent - and the dust of the floor of the Temple was the most common place]. By doing this, Jesus showed these accusers that THEY were not keeping the law, but He would anyway. Strike Two.

    So these men ignored the law, brought the woman only, and then continued with accusation. So Jesus stood up (after plainly demonstrating they were violating the law themselves) said "He who is without sin among you, lem him first cast a stone at her" John 8:7). THEY did not want to cast the stone, they wanted Jesus to condemn her, so they continued accusing.

    Now to get this last part, lemme throw in just a little more history. Every year on Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement), the Kohen HaGaddol would immerse up to 11 times in a Mikveh (a baptismal tank) in order to be ceremonially cleansed between each separate portion of the day's sacrifices. At the end of Yom Kippur, there was a celebration at the home of the Kohen HaGaddol, and there would be great rejoicing that God had received the sacrifice, and everyone’s sins had been rolled fore ward another year (as they were waiting on Messiah). To end the day, and announce to everyone the party was over (and it was time to go home), the Kohen HaGaddol would come out and quote Jeremiah 17:13 "'Oh YHVH, the Mikveh of Israel...' just as the mikveh cleansed me on this day, may the Holy One (Messiah), blessed be his name, cleanse all Israel when He comes".

    (The KJV reads "Oh LORD the hope of Israel"... however, if you get your Strong's Concordance out, you can look up the word translated hope, and it is #4723 'mikveh' -- which is a baptismal tank).

    So any religious Jewish man had heard this verse quoted by the High Priest every year since he was 12 years old. At 50, he would have heard it 39 times! (although Yom Kippur was NOT a Feast of ascension, many would come up for YOMA anyway, because of it's close relationship in time to Sukkot, when they had to be there anyway). The entire verse is as follows:

    O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.
    Jeremiah 17:13


    The way it reads in Hebrew is:

    "Oh YHVH, the Immerser of Israel, all those who leave your way shall be put to shame (publicly embarassed), those who turn aside from my ways will have their names written in the dust and blotted out, for they have departed from YHVH, the fountain of Mayim Hayim (the waters of life).."

    So Jesus gave them a chance -- they could have been just embarassed and then repented before the LORD. but instead they rejected, and in turn had their names written in the dust. This passage in Jeremiah is a Messianic prophecy of what Messiah would do when He came - and in this passage in John, we see Jesus fulfill the prophecy.

    In my opinion, the most interesting part is verse 9:

    And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

    They heard the voice of God in their conscience, the Spirit of God bringing to their remembrance all the times they heard the Kohen HaGaddol quote the verse -- but instead of receiving the conviction and repenting, they departed from Him (just as it was prophesied!). They left from the eldest to the youngest, the older having heard the verse quoted more often (imho). And Jesus did this on the day following His announcement that HE was the fountain of living waters (John 7:37-39). Strike Three and they were out!

    (as one more aside, then Jesus returns to his teaching of the multitude in the Temple, by saying "I am the light of the world"... this was the very morning that the four great lamps of the court in the Temple (which were called "The light of the world" were being extinguished after being kept lit for the entire celebration of Sukkot).

    That is my take on it, and I can't wait to see the video of it in heaven.
    Kev has since had the chance to see the 'video'.

    Save me some popcorn, Bro.
    The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
    Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.
    (Psa 19:1b-2)

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