Nicodemus, in John 7, said ,”Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing, and learning what he does?” Interesting that this woman brought before Jesus was brought without witness’ or at least none mentioned, and they hadn’t talked to her at all, at least not mentioned again. These were not just stones, but rocks to execute…put to death. THis is not how the Jews were taught, not according to the Torah.
Jesus writing in the dirt…in the first post I looked at it from the wondering stance of what did HE write. But really this is the finger of God writing in the dirt. As I take that in…my mind becomes so full I can hardly contain it! Exodus 8:19 the magicians with Pharoah exclaimed that the plagues were the finger of God.. Exodus 31:18 the finger of God writes the ten commandments on the stone tablets… Luke 11:20..Jesus tells them of driving out demons with the finger of God… The finger of GOD writes the laws and passing the judgement.
Although I do not believe we are the Judge, I do believe we are called at times to judge the difference between truth and the lie. Also anything that is standing against the Word of God, not only should we throw a stone at..but it should be stomped under our feet. We still need to keep each other accountable, and we need to rebuke in love. Matthew 18 has some ways that sin should be addressed, and again it calls for a witness…
Just some more thoughts on this passage..thanks to Jason for enlightening me! thank you J!