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Finger in the Sand

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For my latest scriptural query, I call John 8 to the stand.

My question is simple: Why did Jesus write on the ground with his finger when the adulteress was presented to him, and why was it important for John to include this? What’s the exegetical significance?

So much to say, so little time. Let’s divulge, shall we? And bring a spoon, ‘cause the finale is rather sweet.

Occasionally gawky myself, I’m captivated by the awkwardness of the whole situation. Jesus, who is teaching at the temple courts at the Mount of Olives (v. 1-2), is disrupted by a parade of Pharisees and religious fanatics, carrying not only an adulteress, but a devious plot to derail him of divine influence. Talk about Satan in motion! He had troops in the red zone preying on perfection with the clock winding down, despite the eminence of inevitable loss. Wouldn’t it have made more sense for Satan to have tried Jesus away from the Temple, where he wasn’t preaching and in Word delivery mode? Honestly…

Now before I co…