Jesus’ Writing in the Sand

Posted: January 6th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Here’s an interesting thought. What did Jesus write in the sand in John 8? I have heard many theories, but someone finally showed me a scripture to back one up, let me know what you think. He says that Jesus wrote their names in the sand:

John 7:37-44 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.
Jesus teaches on the living waters, He is rejected by some that wish to kill him for it. The next chapter (not sure if it’s the same day or weeks later, but I imagine the events are close together in time and chronological.

John 8:3-11 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

This is all great, but where’s the tie-in?

Jeremiah 17:13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. “Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the Lord, The fountain of living waters.”

Is it possible that John 7-8 are a fulfillment of this prophesy and Jesus was writing their names? hmmm Maybe you have seen this before, but it is new to me and I find it fascinating!


- mooney

  • wistle

    Maybe he was writing a list of the sins of her accusers.

  • Jeromy

    Well, whatever Jesus wrote it was brilliant. One of these days I am going to ask him to be a guest writer on my blog. Then maybe all my accusers will drop their rocks and go away. ;-)

  • Aleksandra

    “The Evangelist maintains silence concerning this and does not write of it. It was too repulsive and vile to be written in the Book of Joy. However, this has been preserved in our Holy Orthodox tradition, and it is horrible.” See

  • John

    Perhaps Jesus wrote one of the Psalms, like Psalm 9 or 7. Possibly upon seeing a prayer to the Lord on the ground, they would not cross it nor themselves or with a rock, since it would have been akin to crossing God. Maybe?

  • Mike Bull

    James Jordan suggests it was Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin

  • Larry Killam AKA Yrral Mallik

    I Wrote a called When Jesus Bent Down.Check it out if U R so inclined.

  • Paul

    A famous preacher from the 40s Gospel Tent Meeting era surmised that Jesus may have written “where is the man who sinned with her.”

  • Donnie E Crawford

    I believe through my study that just as when the devil tempted JESUS, JESUS used the word of GOD to turn HIM away and also that HE did here when HE wrote in the sand. I come to believe that the first time HE stooped down HE wrote Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Then HE stood up and said, ” He without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Then HE stooped back down and began to write the names of the accusers from the oldest to the youngest and by this they knew HE was from GOD for how could he have known all their names. Just what I have learned and believe to be true from my studies.

  • Pstr-

    Thank you, when you add not just Jn 7 setting the stage Jn. 1:1-3,14 would perhaps prove out the saying ” A picture is worth a thousard words”