John 8:6 They said this, tempting Him so that they might have reason to accuse Him. But bending down, Jesus wrote on the ground with His finger, not appearing to hear . 7 But as they continued to ask Him, He lifted Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her. 8 And again bending down, He wrote on the ground. 9 And hearing, and being convicted by conscience, they went out one by one, beginning at the oldest, until the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 And bending back up, and seeing no one but the woman, Jesus said to her, Woman, where are the ones who accused you? Did not one give judgment against you? 11 And she said, No one, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I give judgment. Go, and sin no more.
I love this passage. It shows the mercy and grace of Jesus, expressing in full the heart of God.
For the One without sin was there able thus to condemn and stone her, Jesus himself.
Yet he gave mercy. Jesus who was sinless cast no stones.
This is also an example for us to copy, that we too should demonstrate mercy rather than judgement, friendship rather than isolation…
What was Jesus writing…? I have heard it was a list of personal sins committed by the Pharisee accusers. Or the ten commandments again condemning and convicting the men. The oldest left first – age means more time to fail, to sin. More time to know when not to be proud…..