John 8 ( From the Message Bible)
To Throw the Stone1-2 Jesus went across to Mount Olives, but he was soon back in the Temple again. Swarms of people came to him. He sat down and taught them. 3-6The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, "Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?" They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him.
6-8Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, "The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone." Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt.
9-10Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her. "Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?"
11"No one, Master."
"Neither do I," said Jesus. "Go on your way. From now on, don't sin."
Jesus loved to sit down and teach the people. He wanted the truth to be revealed to them. Unfortunately , like today, many just did not get it. Jesus was the most admired and the most misunderstood. His words of truth still fill the earth like a sweet aroma today. I am always amazed at His wisdom and demeanor. I desperately desire to pattern myself after His example.
I often wondered what Jesus was writing in the sand. Was it? " Her sins are forgiven." or " They accuse but stand accused themselves." Was it? " My grace is sufficient" or " Oh how I love her and forgive her." Maybe it was not words that the human eye understood or could read. Maybe it was something written in a heavenly language. Maybe he was motioning the hand movement of writing and making a statement to the religious minded. Maybe he was revealing a part of His God state. Remember it was the living God who wrote on the first Ten Commandments by His finger. Moses broke all ten of them as well as the people of Israel. Maybe Jesus was saying, through the writing in the sand, a deeper message. The Law reveals sin and shows us what is sin. We need the Law to reveal our sin and for that purpose the Law of God is good. However, we need a way out for the Law did not give a way out. We need a way to escape the failures which comes with sin. Yes, this woman should have been stoned along with all the men she slept with. She deserved the punishment that came with the sin she committed. But Jesus was writing a completion and the fulfilled purpose of the Living God in the sand. Maybe he was finishing the finger writing of the commandments which was one word. GRACE!!!!!! Oh precious GRACE!!!. This wonderful GRACE that I cling to and hold on to. OH THE PRECIOUS GRACE OF THE LORD!!! Grace does not condone our wrong but gives us a way out from it. It ushers in forgiveness and strength to overcome the weight of sin. Jesus saw through this woman's sin and saw her heart.
That day God's greater purpose was revealed. He wished for none to perish to the depths of sin. He has given us a way out. He desires for us to be free. We can live without the control of sin. Do you believe this woman went back to being a hooker or adulterer after her experience with Jesus? I would think not. Once you have been with the Lord, your life is forever altered. I guarantee you that this woman did not want to go back to her sinful life. Her encounter with the living God forever left her a changed woman.
What is Daddy writing in the sand on our behalf? He is standing there with us ready to lift us from the dirty ground. He is there to free us from our accuser, SATAN. Yes, we have sinned. Yes we deserve the punishment of that sin but Daddy has forgiven and has shared HIS WONDERFUL GRACE WITH US!!!!
Stand today and know that His grace is there for you.
I love you all,