But what they really want is to discredit Him:
“Moses says ‘stone her’ but we’re betting you’ll say something else. Tell us, what do you say?”
But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
If you’re a little confused about what just happened you’re not the only one. I’m not
sure that anyone knows with absolute certainty, but I can tell you that these Jews
had absolutely no idea what was going on right then either. There’s a lot of
speculation about what He wrote or why He wrote it, but very little of it seems like anything more than
speculation. I think if we’re going to answer it we have to
have something from the immediate context and hopefully something from
somewhere else in the Scripture. If we can’t find anything as solid as that then we
should just say we
don’t know and leave it at that. Some things aren’t meant for us to know and that’s ok.
But I think there’s at least one explanation that seems legitimate enough that it’s
worth entertaining. Remember that in 7:37-
38 Jesus said, “
If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that beleiveth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shal flow rivers of living water
But the rulers rejected Him and planned to arrest Him. Now, on the next day, they come to Him again and this time He writes something on the ground. Now I want you to look back to Jeremiah chapter seventeen:
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the L
, and whose hope the L
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
I the L
search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.
, the hope of Israel, all that