Why did Jesus write on the ground with His finger? What was He telling us?

The Jews caught a woman in adultery and brought her to Jesus to get permission to kill her. So they claimed. But they had a deeper motive.

JOHN 8:4   They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

JOHN 8:5   Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

They were trying to catch Him out on a technicality in the Law.

If He agreed with Moses, then He was agreeing to kill her. Then He was not the Prince of Life. He had failed in His ministry.

If He spared her, then He was disobeying the Law of Moses, and was thus not a true Jew. Then nobody should listen to Him.

They were very sure that they had caught Him in a clever trap.

They did not realize that they were coming up against the greatest Mind in the universe.

JOHN 8:6   This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

"as though he heard them not": Jesus ignored what they were saying.

What message was this conveying to them. Jesus, as God, was telling them that He ignores people who are sinful.

So the Jews who are accusing the woman of sin, are equally if not more involved in sin as what the woman had been.

ISAIAH 59:2   But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

The accusing Jews had all sinned secretly against God.

They only difference was that they had not been caught.

The Jews were not obeying all the Law of Moses because they wanted to punish the woman for adultery, but not the man who was equally guilty.

LEVITICUS 20:10   And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

 

By ignoring the guilty man and condemning only the woman, the Jews showed that they had an ulterior motive.

By this biased accusation against only the woman, the Jews were breaking the Law of Moses themselves. Both guilty people had to be punished for this crime.

In addition, the Law did not just demand punishment. It was also supposed to teach the Jews how to love each other.

LEVITICUS 19:18   Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Being biased against her, and not the guilty man, was not displaying any love towards her. These Jews would not have liked it if they were accused in such a prejudiced manner.

By killing this woman (symbolizing a church), the Jews were actually symbolizing their desire to kill the new Christian church that Christ was preparing. The initial church was mainly made up of Jews.

 

The Jews were also anxious to accuse Jesus because He had chased the money makers out of the Temple. Few things make religious leaders more angry than cutting off their money supply. Religion has always been big business for the leaders. Thus the Jews wanted to trap Him into saying something wrong.

JOHN 2:15    And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;

This event with the money-makers happened right near the start of His ministry.

 

Jesus, by writing in the ground with His finger, was drawing attention to when Moses got the Law from God.

When Moses was up on mount Horeb ( also called Sinai) then the Jews worshiped a golden calf and had a naked orgy of dancing that degenerated into sex.

EXODUS 32:19    And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

There were two tables of stone. This has a significance which will be discussed later.

EXODUS 32:25   And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)

So the Jews were naked and worshiping an idol when Moses received the Law.

Moses was so cross with them that he threw down and smashed the tables of stone.

So Jesus is saying. You want to trap and accuse me with the Law of Moses. Moses was the first man to break all ten commandments. Why? Because of the disgusting behavior of the Jewish nation.

So the Jews were actually in a pitiful condition when Moses gave them the Law.

So as the Jews came to try to set a trap for Him, Jesus wrote with His finger in the ground.

JOHN 8:6   This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

By writing with His finger in the ground, Jesus is actually saying that He was God Who wrote with His finger on the tables of stone. But that did not help as Moses smashed the tables of stone. The Jews were too hard-hearted. But when stone breaks, it crumbles and forms ground. Thus by writing in the ground, Jesus emphasizes that Moses smashed all ten commandments. And they were using the law of Moses (smashed by Moses) to try to trap Him!

EXODUS 31:18   And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

As God, Jesus had written the ten commandments in stone. It turned out to be a waste of time. The Jews were still hard-hearted with murderous intent. The Law had not made them better people.

Now Jesus was writing the ten commandments into the ground. It would soon be erased by wind and rain. So He was writing in vain. As the Son of God He could not soften the Jewish hearts either. First He would have to die.

The first Adam, a perfect man, was made from dust and sinned and became imperfect and died and went into a grave in the dust. The first Adam lost his life and went to a grave. The last Adam not only came out of the grave, but enables others to rise in the resurrection too. The first Adam had life and lost it. The last Adam was a life giver.

I CORINTHIANS 15:45   And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

So the last Adam, the only other perfect Man, called Jesus, would have to go down into death and the grave in order to bring mankind up from the grave. Jesus is the last Adam. That means that there will be no perfect man to come after Him.

GENESIS 3:19   In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

So humans are made from the dust.

By writing in the ground Jesus is dealing with the atoms that humans are made from.

By reminding the Jews that a person is just a handful of dust, Jesus is basically telling them that they should not think too highly of themselves.

JOHN 8:7   So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

This was a stunning answer.

The Law in rock never softened the Jewish hearts.

The Law was basically wasted on the Jews. It never made them better people.

So writing the Law in the ground was another temporary exercise that would soon be erased and would also be of no benefit in terms of softening the murderous desires in the Jewish hearts.

Their desire to stone a sinner woman was just a mask that they wore to conceal their far more murderous desire to kill Jesus Himself.

JOHN 5:18   Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

If He said that they could kill her then He would be a false Messiah Who had brought death instead of life. Then they had an excuse to kill Him too. After all, a false Messiah was not fit to live.

If He said that they must not kill her, then He was contradicting the Law of Moses and that was a good enough excuse for them to kill Him.

Either way they had planned to kill Him.

They were accusing the woman so as to get an excuse to accuse Him.

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

He had just given the most brilliant of answers.

So why did He continue to write in the ground?

The reason was that as God, He had to write out a second pair of stone tablets to replace the broken pair.

EXODUS 34:1   And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.

As God, Jesus had written on rock twice with His finger.

As the Son of God He thus wrote with His finger the second time in the ground.

Jesus was re-enacting in the ground what He had originally done in rock.

They had tried hard to accuse the woman as an excuse to be able to accuse Him.

 

But Jesus unleashed a greater accuser on them -- their consciences.

JOHN 8:9   And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

The oldest man had lived longest and thus had time to sin the most.

The woman, symbolizing the church, now had nobody standing between Jesus and herself.

The Old Testament priesthood that stood between the people and God had completely failed. Jesus wants nobody to stand between Himself and any individual.

There is no such thing as an elevated five-fold ministry to form a priesthood between the congregation and God.

Every Christian is a priest. A Christian stands between the sinner and God.

But as soon as the sinner repents and accepts Jesus as his or her personal Saviour, then the repentant sinner also becomes a priest.

I PETER 2:9    But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood

No priest is above another priest.

No Christian, however talented and gifted, is above another Christian.

The only Person who is above a priest is the High Priest, Jesus Christ.

HEBREWS 3:1   Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

You, as a priest or saved Christian, must have nobody above you other than the High Priest, Jesus.

 

Now, to continue with what Jesus was trying to tell them.

Writing in the ground was a waste of time, until Jesus died and was buried under the ground.

Then He rose from the dead and wanted people to accept Him into their hearts.

ACTS 2:38   Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The Holy Ghost will come to indwell the heart of the repentant sinner.

JEREMIAH 31:31   Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

JEREMIAH 31:32   Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

God had prophesied long ago that the Jews had broken His covenant and that He would make a new covenant with the people.

JEREMIAH 31:33    But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

God wanted to write His laws into their hearts as an inner conviction, not as an outward set of rules.

This was the third step.

The Law written with the finger of God on rock failed. Rock crumbles and turns to ground.

The Law written with the finger of the Son of God in the ground failed.

But ground is what God used to make the hearts of men and women. We are all made from the dust.

So our human hearts must break in repentance.

The two tables of stone of Moses represent a heart broken in two pieces.

The Holy Ghost can only come down to dwell into a repentant heart.

Then the Holy Ghost will write the laws of God into the soft inner portions of our broken hearts.

Then we will obey the laws of God from an inner desire that makes us want to obey Him.

Not because we have to obey Him.

Then only has the salvation plan of God really worked.

EZEKIEL 36:26   A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

 

The first Exodus was Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt.

The second Exodus was Jesus leading the church out of Judaism.

Then the church got taken over by the religious deception of denominationalism with its man-made commandments, the folly of political involvement and enforced conformity to a church leader, and the demonology of money power. This has dimmed the light until church leaders no longer know what many Bible mysteries mean.

The entire saved church, represented by ten virgins, are all fast asleep according to the parable of Matthew Chapter 25.

The last church of the Laodiceans, in Revelation Chapter 3:14, has Jesus standing outside the door of the church.

REVELATION 3:14   And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;

REVELATION 3:20   Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Jesus does not appeal to the whole church, just to an individual in the church.

Jesus does not want us to have a church experience based on the unscriptural ideas of man whereby we ignore many passages in Scripture simply because the church leaders are too ignorant to understand them.

He wants an individual person to understand Scripture, even if that is the only person in the church who is able to do so.

In Luke Jesus said that He was not likely to find faith when He returned.

LUKE 18:8  ... Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Faith is not an emotion. Faith comes from believing the Scripture.

ROMANS 10:17   So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

So a third Exodus is needed to lead the Bride out of the captured church.

 

"Church-goers" cannot answer so many questions in the Bible.

Thus the atheists and skeptics keep saying that the Bible contradicts itself, and "church-goers" cannot answer.

Or worse still they end up agreeing that there are mistakes in the Bible.

We need to get to a stage where the Bride can read the Bible and understand it, instead of being told by ignorant pastors that we do not need to know those mysteries.

Why did Mary hold Jesus by the feet outside the tomb in Matthew 28: 9, when John 20:17 has Jesus telling her not to touch Him?

"Church-goers" just stare hopelessly. Dumbed down by their preachers and pastors.

The modern day church preachers and pastors have managed to keep the ten virgins (representing all the saved Christians, because virgins are clean women) fast asleep. Church-goers are thus no longer able to explain basic points in the Bible. The atheists laugh. They always claimed that the Bible was full of mistakes. The Christians (sorry, "church-goers") cannot answer.

 

Jesus was left alone with the woman.

We need a third Exodus so that we can come out of the church-experience of having to conform to what that church-group believes and does, and get back to having a personal experience with Jesus Christ that can open our eyes to Bible truth.

"Group-think" is the subtle error of our age, thinking "I must agree with a church group".

But there are so many different kinds of churches. All different, yet each one claiming to be right.

 

JOHN 16:13   Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself;

The indwelling Spirit of God will guide us into all truth.

He alone can make us understand the Bible.

We will not have to keep trying to cover up our ignorance.

Consider this question: Adam and Eve ate of the same fruit. Why did they get totally different punishments?

Eve ate a fruit. Why did God punish her in childbirth? Why did God not say to Eve, "Because you have….". He never explained to her what she had done wrong. He just sentenced her. Why?

How did serpent seed go through the Flood? Every child born after the Flood had a human father.

We need answers.

We need a guide to lead the end-time Bride out of the swamp of Bible ignorance that the church has stagnated into.

REVELATION 18:1   And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

:2     And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

An angel is a messenger.

This powerful messenger tells us to get out of the Babylonian church system, with her man-made commandments and human leaders who do not prove what they believe by running their ideas through the Bible.

REVELATION 18:4   And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

But another voice leads the Exodus to come out of Babylon. Babylon is the fallen church systems.

This other voice does not come from outside us.

It is an inner conviction from the Holy Spirit, that tells us to get out of the doomed end-time churches that the Bible says are blind. That cannot see what the Scriptures mean.

REVELATION 3:14   And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;

REVELATION 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Lukewarm - partly Scriptural and partly unscriptural. Partly believing in the Bible and mainly depending on quotes. Neither one thing nor the other.

REVELATION 3:17    Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Obsessed with the American spirit of getting rich.

 

But this inner voice of the Holy Spirit is calling us out of the unscriptural group-beliefs that are popular, to a personal experience with the Lord Jesus and the Bible -- which is unpopular with the big groups.

Not a church experience where we gain approval from a group of people and their human leader.

There are 45000 different kinds of denominational and non-denominational churches.

There are over 100 different versions of the English Bible.

Who can find truth in all those opinions?

There are so many different kinds of Message churches.

In the end it was just the woman and Jesus.

The third Exodus has started for you when it is just a relationship between you, the King James Version of the Bible, and Jesus.

And the Holy Spirit inside you is trying to guide you away from your church-going experience and the Bible ignorance of your church preachers, and make you able to read and understand the Bible.

You can attend any church that you wish, as long as you are not tied down to their mistakes and their Bible ignorance.

Whichever church you sit in is immaterial, because every Laodicean church is wrong in many ways, despite being right in some ways. Hence lukewarm.

So you need to know where you stand with Scripture. Not how accepted you are in the church.

"Churchianity" will not save us from the Tribulation.

 

JOHN 8:9   And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

It is just between you and Jesus alone. Nobody else.

Can you get back to believing just what the early church believed? Basing your beliefs just on Scripture.

Jesus expects you to be able to understand all the neglected details in the Bible.

The wise virgins say, "We must know".

The foolish virgins say, "Must we know?"

Questioning the importance of Scripture. Just like the serpent questioned what God had said. And Eve was dumb enough to believe the questioning of the importance of God's Word.

MATTHEW 4:4   But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Every word and every verse in the Bible is important.

Do not overlook the small details.

After feeding 5000 men with a schoolboy's lunch, and then feeding another 4000, Jesus questioned His disciples.

MATTHEW 16:9   Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

:10   Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

Jesus did not emphasize the huge amount of bread that He created to feed 9000 people.

We think that is great. He did not. He pointed to a detail that we ignore.

The importance of the rejected bread -- the crumbs that were left over.

He 'over-created' 12 baskets, and then another 7 baskets of bread. Why?

Feeding the 9000 was obvious. They were hungry.

Why did He create too much? Why those quantities?

He expected His disciples to understand.

If you do not understand, then something is wrong with your insight into Scripture.

The fourth beast around the throne in Revelation Chapter 4 is a flying eagle.

Eagles have a tremendous eyesight. They can see small details that we overlook.

We need that spiritual insight from that great spiritual eagle. That was the last promise to the church.

Atheists condemn Elisha for cursing 42 children who were then killed. Have you any idea what that event represented?

Or do you just prefer to sleep on complacently in your church.