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15. The Finger of God: The writing on the sand.

John 8:1-11 narrates one of the most powerful incidents in the Bible. A woman caught red-handed in adultery is brought before Jesus. The Pharisees and the Scribes try to “checkmate” Jesus by their cunningness. They argue that Moses in the law commanded that such a person must be stoned to death; They now want to know Jesus’ response: “but what sayest thou?”

This was an elaborate trap indeed. If Jesus answered that she must be stoned, they can accuse Him of violence. On the other hand, if He answered that she must be spared, they can accuse Him of defying their sacred law, and stone him also.

But “Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.” Jn 8:6

Why was this action so significant that it is recorded in the Bible? Because, Jesus revealed the greatest mystery of the Bible by this action of His. What is it?

The Pharisees and the Scribes demanded death invoking the law of Moses, written by the “finger of God” Himself!

Deu 9:10 And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God

But, Jesus stooped and wrote on the ground with His finger, and offered forgiveness and grace. By the above action, Jesus symbolized and revealed that it was HE who wrote the law on the stone tablets given to Moses!

Not only that, God wrote on the stone tablets twice, since Moses broke the first one.

Deu 8:17 And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.

And, Jesus stooped and wrote on the ground, TWICE!!!

Jn 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

The Bible is interweaved with many such symbols and parables that need to be interpreted to unravel the mystery they conceal.

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I remember someone used that scripture to make it as if it is normal for a Christian to continue to sin. However, they must not know that Jesus tells her to go and sin no more. We are expected to work out our salvation and stop doing the sins that we do.

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Jesus heals a man who couldn't walk and tells him too to go and sin no more.


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