okay, but we can all agree that when we take a more thorough look at Jesus’ actions it begins to addgreat value to the story being told. We can start to answer some difficult questions.
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought toHim a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher,this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that suchshould be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have somethingof which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as thoughHe did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He whois without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wroteon the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one,beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in themidst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman,where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesussaid to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” –John 8:1-11
Why did the crowd just bring the woman for judgement, and not the man also? To answer thisquestion, let’s consider some background information. Jesus was being tested to see how He wouldreact to a sinful person. We know the master of sin is Satan and only Satan is qualified to test Jesus’authority because Jesus and Satan are adversaries, not Jesus and mankind, so mankind cannot testthe authority of Jesus. From this perspective, we can confidently say that the crowd was under theauthority of Satan. The man, or in this case Satan, is not present because Satan, and all sin, will be castaside by God during the final judgment. In other words, it is not yet time for the man to be judged,this will come later. Another common question people have asked regarding this verse is, “What didJesus write in the sand?” Jesus does not withhold anything from us [Matthew 13:11], for if He did writesomething, He would have revealed His writing to us. When Jesus moved His fingers through the sand,He was not writing words, but instead, He was imitating the movement of a serpent through the sandto signify to us to whom He was dealing with ["...upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eatall the days of thy life.", Genesis 3:14]. Why did Jesus pause? Jesus’ pause in words as He drew in thesand was to gather our attention and for us to ponder our choice regarding whom we serve as master[Satan the serpent or God the Father]. The pause by Jesus represents the time we have on Earth tomake our decision. It is also interesting to note that Jesus was standing, stooped down, drew in thesand, stood, and then He stooped down again to draw in the sand. Why did Jesus feel the need to stoopdown twice? To me, these actions represent that fact that Jesus came down from Heaven to earth forHis ministry, rose again after His crucifixion, and He will “stoop down” to earth again to judge the livingand the dead [sin]. Moving on with the next question: Why did Jesus tell the crowd to leave? We knowthe crowd departed because we are all sinners and none of us is rightfully able to judge another becauseof our own guilt, however, Jesus rebuked the crowd in order of age. Why did Jesus rebuke the crowdPage