Chapter Eighteen Beyond Et-Tell, A Coup Unattended Towering over his beast of burden, Absalom made a striking silhouette against the setting sun. His distinctive long hair was now tangled and gritty from gusty winds and clumping mud. He skirted the well-traveled roadways and stayed to the unmarked hills and valleys. He rested at night without […]
“This second-giving of the law.”
What did Jesus write in the dirt? As he heard the accusations against Mary of Magdalene
6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness, he shall not be put to death.
7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.
John 8: 4-8
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this Woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
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.
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.
8 And again, he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
What did Jesus write when he stooped down the second time?
8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.
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.
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.
Please consider that Jesus is writing on the hard rocky ground, not on soft beach sand. He is writing in the dust, not for anyone else but as a reminder to himself where the law was found. In Jeremiah 17:13 And at that moment he is fulfilling the scripture as he is writing it upon the earth.
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