Early in my painting career, some twenty years ago I painted my first “Biblical Narrative” works. This may have been my second or third of many that I showed -not for sale, in Christian venues: along with a group that I organized called the “Witness Group”. This theme is familiar to all of you, wherein Jesus called upon the assembled throng of accusers to: “Cast the First Stone”, if he be without sin. There were none, and they disapeared along with “the holy men” who called the law of that day to be enforced upon an adultress.
Jesus dismissed her asking; “where are your accusers?”
Surely the Word of God is full of mysteries from beginning to end, but none or more challenging than the event contained within this drama. As is with many parables and lessons where they are resolved by His explaination, or that of others, in that we are often allowed our own interpretations. We know what Jesus said, but what did He do ? He kneeled upon the sand and wrote with His finger…….. WHAT? No one really knows. It is like a sentence never completed. We are left, as the case many times, to speculate.
What other time was God to have used His finger to write a message? The Ten Commandments given to Moses. What other reference is made to writing upon the earth? Jeremiah 17; 13 contains the clue,, saying; “Oh Lord, all who forsake You shall be put to shame.They who depart from you and me shall disappear like writing upon the sand because they have forsaken the Lord.”
Can it be then that the accusers had forsaken the laws of God? The Words of God are made visable by committing ourselves to the study of them ; then their application. They are written upon our hearts; Remembered only because we have wrestled with them…. and He has won.