Most kids my age grew up playing board games. Our family, like most having little, didn’t experience the luxury of variety. My brothers and I would play the same game over and over. It wasn’t until years later at someone else’s house I discovered not everyone shared my family’s enthusiasm for playing the same game repeatedly. When our host packed up the board after a single game, I was sent into a state of confusion from withdrawals. I never played anything just once. Read the rest of this entry »
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Jesus is recorded in the book of John 8:6-8 to having twice stooped down to write on the ground. The first time was in response to those who were confronting him for defending the adulteress, and the second time was in order to give the accusers time to think. In between the two times he stooped down to write, he stood and said those immortal words, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her.” (KJV)
When we stand in the gap, our typical behavior is to intimidate the opposition physically by looking at them in the eye. Jesus lowered himself. Even after he wrote on the ground the second time he did not lift his eyes to watch the accusers retreat. He did not gloat. He merely asked the woman where her accusers were and told her to go and sin no more.
Was what Jesus wrote a distraction, or did it have significant meaning? The Bible does not say. We only know it was written and it was helpful in defusing the will of a mob which could have easily overpowered him physically. Everything Jesus did contradicts what most of us would do instinctively. Even the choice to multitask in this instance led to a more favorable result than if Jesus had given his full attention to the situation. Read the rest of this entry »