What did You write on the ground, Jesus?

By: Carole L. Haines

There she stood, in the midst of her accusers, not knowing that her rescuer also stood amidst the crowd. She had always been used by men, and now they had entrapped her in order to try and snare this new young preacher named Jesus. How could she have not seen their scheming? She fell right into the net they had set for her feet. What could she do? Here she was, stuck to the Spider’s Web, wriggling, trying to figure out how to get free. The Spiders approach, but her rescuer is in the midst of them all, and He would send those spiders fleeing by the wisdom of His words and the might of His Power. Let’s look at her story.

 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees *brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the courtthey *said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” (John 8:1-11)
Were you angry Jesus, with these men who had set a trap for her in order to try and catch you? Was it their names you were writing? Or were you feeling compassion towards all of us who are fallen into sin? These men were steeped in the sin of pride and self-righteousness even as much as this woman was caught in an adulterous sin.
Dare I say, “What about the man? It takes two to commit adultery. Where was he? Why wasn’t he dragged out in front of everyone as well?
Aah, but you knew who this man was, Jesus. Perhaps it was his name you were writing on the ground. Being God, you didn’t need time to figure out what to say, but time was needed for the self-righteous pride to rise up within themselves and be recognized by her accusers. Time was needed for them to become aware of their own sin. But did they? Are these the same teachers who dragged you away from the Garden of Gethsemane? Perhaps I will ask you what You wrote on the ground when I get to heaven. But by that time, I will be so enraptured with being right there with You finally in person that I don’t think I will care anymore about what you wrote that day on the ground.

Published by eloracseniah@gmail.com

Author and Creator of the HisShadowings.com series and books. You can find these at https://hisshadowings.com/ Be Blessed and encouraged in the Lord Jesus

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