What Did He Write ?

The woman been caught in serious sin.

And her accusers brought her to Him, to ask whether the Law of Moses should be upheld.

And then, He stooped down, and wrote something in the sand, and all the accusers left.

Have you ever wondered what Jesus wrote ?

There have been hundreds of speculations made, and despite many possibilities, we are never told exactly what it was.

I prefer to agree with the writers who believe that Jesus wrote in the sand to show his compassion and mercy.

If you’ve ever written words in sand, you know how easily those words can be erased ; the earth is not a permanent writing medium.

Jesus forgives sins. That is why He came to earth, to take upon himself all of our human failings and transgressions.

Perhaps Christ wrote the adulterous woman’s sins in the sand that day, and then, with a sweep of his hand , or foot, erased them .

In the same way, God forgives our sins as we confess our sins, repent, and do not continue in purposeful transgression.

And, obviously, an essential aspect of receiving God’s forgiveness is that we forgive those who have sinned against us.

As He forgave the woman in the parable recorded in John 8, so Christ offers forgiveness to all sinners, when they repent, and turn to Him in obedience and trust.

As we grow in our faith, our sensitivity to sin grows, as does our compassion for others who are still enslaved by the folly of sin and disobedience.

The Holy Spirit, who indwells us, increasingly gives us strength to live lives pleasing to our Lord.

We serve a God of mercy and compassion.

Let us continue to share the good news with others.

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Jesus writing with finger in the sand



46 thoughts on “What Did He Write ?

  1. When Jesus was writing, the people left the place one by one and only the woman and the Master remained at the spot ,then he said to her ‘ has anyone stoned you?’
    Jesus had written, ‘let him,who has not committed any sin be the first to throw a stone at her ‘ the crowd having realized that they had all sinned left the spot immediately.Fabulous act of the Master.Only Jesus did and no body can even dream of doing anything like this .Thank you very much for sharing such a great post .Take care.😊

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    1. Hi Betty !
      So true, it was convicting to everyone. It is one of only three times in the Bible when God is mentioned writing something. The first time is the writing of the Ten Commandments, the second is the writing on the wall, in Daniel, and the third is Jesus writing in the sand.

      Thanks for your comment. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  2. Often overlooked was that the Law required both the adulterer and the adulteress to be stoned.
    β€œIf a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” Leviticus 20:10
    β€œTeacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery”? Where was the man?

    As you point out we are not told what He wrote, so any guess is just that – a guess. Maybe, if anyone cares in the New Kingdom, He will answer such questions. My suspicion, because of the way the accusers left, is that He wrote “clues” that only the accuser would recognize: a name, a date, a place, an event; something that would prompt the accuser to know that HE KNEW. “Oops, I better leave before He brings THAT up!” πŸ˜‰

    But the best news was His announcement, “Neither do I condemn you,” the ONLY one who was without sin and had the right to do so! Now, we need to obey, “Go and sin no more.”
    ❀️&πŸ™, c.a.

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    1. Thanks, c.a. , for the specific reference from Leviticus 20:10.
      Yes, for sure, I agree, the accusers knew that Jesus knew all about them.
      That is a message for all of us throughout the ages. He asks us to turn from our sin, and follow Him.

      I agree, that in the New Kingdom, all the questions we have now will be perfectly answered. πŸŒΌπŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  3. I love this post! It makes me happy the grace and mercy He showed that woman. I have often wondered what He wrote. I like to think He wrote down names or sins the accusers had sinned with. God only knows but I loved how loving and true He was/is/will always be.πŸ˜ƒβ€

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  4. It’s possible that he wasn’t really writing anything, maybe just drawing or whatever. No one left until Jesus stood up and said “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” Then he started to write in the sand again after they all left. They were pressuring him for an answer. Perhaps he made them wait so they would calm down or maybe just to show that he was in charge – they couldn’t just come bursting in demanding an answer. Jesus answered them when he was good and ready to.

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    1. That is a really interesting perspective, Mary.
      Yes, maybe he made them wait so that they would calm down. Jesus, answered them when he was ready to.

      Thanks so much for sharing this thought-provoking comment. πŸŒ·πŸŒΌπŸ€—

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  5. God’s mercy is new every morning, Praise God, if we expect God to forgive our many sins so should we forgive one another. Only Christ has that authority to judge someone else and not us. Thanks Sally for your great post.

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    1. Thanks, Eileen. Actually, I was thinking about that same verse today – God’s mercy is new every morning.
      Mercy is God’s greatest attribute. πŸŒΌπŸ€—πŸŒ·

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      1. We are not told what Jesus wrote in the sand, many people before us have been trying to figure out that questions, one way to look at it is this, there is some things that God continues to do even today that remains a mystery to humans.

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      2. For sure, Eileen. In our humanity, we always seek answers as to why God allows things that seem so unfair.
        However, what we know for sure is that He is consistency good, that He loves us with an everlasting love, and that we can trust Him, even when his actions are a mystery to us. πŸ€—


  6. Wow, Sally! Do you know I wanted to write about this before I did my article on introversion? No kidding! My draft was, “What Did Jesus Write?” And then I see your post, lol!

    You see, told you that ocean view of yours would work magic. πŸ™‚ Great article & very encouraged by you, always.

    Fellow iron mate.

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    1. Truly amazing ! It is true that sometimes Christ followers are inspired by the same things at the same time.
      It is an issue where the Bible doesn’t give a clear explanation on what Jesus wrote, and thus there can be several, or even many interpretations.
      Thanks ! πŸŒ·πŸ€—


    1. And to me, also, Derrick.
      I’ve studied the other explanations that Bible scholars have offered, but this one seems most likely, knowing that Christ always offers compassion, and forgiveness. Thanks πŸ€—πŸŒ·πŸŒΌ

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  7. I have never heard that interpretation of what Jesus might have written, but it makes sense. And I’m going off memory here but didn’t Jesus write twice? If He did-maybe he would have written the accusers sins, then wrote the woman’s the second time, after her accusers left. Then He erases hers and says, “Neither do I condemn you.” Thank you for sharing this thought. God bless.

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  8. One aspect of that account that is overlooked is the fact that the woman’s name is never mentioned. That shows the mercy of God. The names of leaders who failed in the bible are mentioned. But for this woman, she is forever anonymous.

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  9. When you think about it, how much could he have written with His finger? It isn’t likely that he wrote very much. I don’t know what he wrote, but I think maybe it was a single word for each of the accusers. I think the point is, the accusers knew He could reveal their sin if they stuck around. This story certainly reminds us not to be a hypocrite! Great post! Blessings, Sally!

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