“But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground,” John 8:6-8.
The meaning of Jesus writing in the sand after the woman was caught in adultery has been a thing of speculation for centuries.
As we know from the biblical text, the Pharisees were ready to stone this woman after she had been caught in the act of adultery.
But the Son of God stepped in and asked who ever was without sin to cast the first stone at her.
All of them slowly walked away in shame knowing that they too, were not innocent.
A line signifies many things; it is boundary that separates one side from another.
One can be either for or against something. There is no middle ground, and one cannot just merely sit on the fence without making a decision about which side they are on.
The Pharisees and the teachers of the law knew what Moses had said about a woman being caught in adultery, until finally Jesus said to them,
“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
If Jesus had told them to begin throwing stones at her, according to the law of Moses, the Roman government wouldn’t have permitted the Jews to execute their own criminals.
And yet on the other hand, if they didn’t throw stones at her, then they were violating the law of Moses.
The Son of God always showed a higher law, a law that fulfilled the law and the prophets.
It was one in which all are guilty because of following the letter of the law and not the spirit of the law.
Others in history have drawn a line in the sand . In 1836 William Barret Travis drew a line in the sand with his sword, urging those who were willing to defend the fort at the Alamo, asking them to step across the line.
Another example is found at the time of the Roman Empire. One of the Macedonian kings decided to invade Egypt. His army was met at a border by a Roman senator, Popillius Laenas, who ordered the king to withdraw.
After a few moments the senator began drawing a circle in the sand around the king demanding that his army withdraw before stepping into the circle.
There is a boundary line found that separates countries and geographical areas. Some lines are visible, while others only signify places that divide one place from another.
Divisions are created in our own minds and hearts of what is right and what is wrong.
Some of these lines have been passed down to us from one generation unto the next, while others are manufactured by the status quo.
In the final analysis, one needs to decide which side they are on. One ultimately decides what they believe and what they don’t.
Time is running out to make decisions about what signifies truth in a time of great confusion and deceit.
Sometimes the wind blows across these lines obscuring what was once clearly seen, but when the sun (Son) comes out those lines can still be visible.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?