What did Jesus write?
John 8 v 3-11
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
What did Jesus write?
No one knows but it hasn’t stopped people guessing! From doodling, a Jewish custom when thinking, to writing the sins of the stone-throwers. Whatever it was, it dislodged the stone-throwers. They had never seen Jesus write on the ground.
Maybe it wasn’t what he wrote, but what he did that was important, maybe that’s why we’re not told what he did write.
Everything he did and spoke was founded in the Old Testament he continually affirmed the words of the Law and the Prophets. He was a walking Old Testament.
Perhaps he resurrected the prophet Jeremiah who at a similar time when his accusers were trying to trap him as a false prophet, offered a prayer to God and said “those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the Lord, the spring of living water.” 17:13
It could fit because Jesus had already been using the term ‘living water’ previously regarding himself with the Samaritan woman at the well.
So it wasn’t what he wrote but the fact that he wrote that reminded them but maybe he sealed it by writing their names and the connection was too much.
They brought a nameless woman to Jesus. They weren’t bothered about her. Her sin didn’t concern them at all. What concerned them was whether Jesus was bothered about her sin or not.
Jesus bent down and acted out the prophet Jeremiah and wrote their names in the dust. The older ones perhaps realising the connection sooner than the younger men walked away first. Until all was left was an accused woman, Jesus and the names of her accusers written in the dirt. Jesus still stands in the middle of us and the accusations we face throughout our life of not being the person we should be. When everyone has gone He stands with us.