Why did Jesus write out the Word instead of speaking it

Again there is a combination of mercy and judgment.

By not exposing the full extent of their sin out loud and in public, he was in effect letting them off the hook. The pharisees knew He could have made it far worse on them if He did. And it would perhaps have angered them to the point where they would try to kill him before his time.

But He also did it to illustrate two amazing points from the scriptures! It was not for the benefit of those on the scene at that time. It was for our benefit as readers of the bible. How so? We must visualize the scene, and be open to the Lord's sense of humor as he makes a play on words.

There are two amazing points that are made by visualizing the scene. First by stooping down to write, He had to rise up again. "When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman,"

This is an illustration of a scripture. It's an exact visual demonstration of Psalm 68:1! "LET GOD ARISE; LET HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED!" Hallelujah! When God Arose all his enemies were on the run! And that's exactly how it is when Jesus moves on your behalf!

The second play on words in even more interesting. Picture Jesus standing in the center of the scene. About three or four feet in front of him is the accused woman, facing him, repentant and broken. The accusers have left and the people are standing around watching. Between them, written 'in the dust of the earth' as one translation puts it, are the scriptures Jesus has just written out. Now Jesus speaks. " Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee ?"

At this point something happens. The woman reacts by turning completely around. Now with her back to Jesus, facing the same way he is, we see her taking two or three steps backward in astonishment and joy that her accusers are gone! "When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing " Ps. 126:1,2. A perfectly natural and obvious reaction by anyone in these circumstances!

And here is the woman's prayer at this point.

Ps 30:3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Ps 124:7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.

Now once this happens, consider the position of the woman when she confesses Him as Lord. She has drawn closer to Jesus and is now standing on the very spot where Jesus wrote on the ground! In other words, she is standing on the word of God and seeing things from His point of view! Since she has stepped backwards, she has now drawn closer to Jesus. In fact she is now standing in His shadow! Then, once the woman, (the church) turns about to face her enemies, and takes her stand on the Word of God, she lifts up her eyes and finds that Jesus has already fought the battle and won the victory for her!

Recall the scene in 2nd Chronicles 20...

15 ... Thus saith the LORD unto you, ... Be not afraid nor dismayed ...for the battle is not yours, but God's. 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set your selves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD

We saw above that the Church's enemies are also the Lord's enemies; note that 2nd Chronicles 20:15 says "the battle is not yours, but God's."

So the battle is the Lord's, and He shows Himself strong on behalf of His people; Mighty in Battle! And how does He fight? Revelation 2:16, says "...I will ...fight against them with the sword of my mouth." We find this point demonstrated here also. That is exactly how He fights! He fights with the sword of His mouth, and destroys his enemies with the Word!

Now Jesus steps forward and lays a comforting hand upon her shoulder. (Draw close to God and He will draw close to you!) And, while also standing on His Word, says "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." Notice His two commands; GO, and sin no more. These are the same for any Christian; but speak especially of the Church in Revival. The 'Go' is the power and the anointing, the 'sin no more' is the requisite holiness to move in that power.

And This is how you get the victory.

First be willing to come before the Lord in repentance.

Second let the Lord fight the battle for you!

"There is therefore, no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus." {Romans 8:1)

Now the final prayer of the woman would go something like this from Luke chapter 1: (Where it is spoken by another woman who is another type of the Church.)

46... My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

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