I agree!I have heard speculation (and it was speculation and not an assertion that I heard) that it was the Ten Commandments.
The purpose of The Law was to point out man's sinful nature. Here, our Lord was using The Law to convict those who, in verses 4 & 5 had used the Law as justification for their treatment of the woman.
I agree with the possibilities. I had an instructor once who also had an interesting opinion; he thought it was Psalms 82:1It is definitely unknown; but the 'law' of some sorts is probably accurate; considering to whom Christ was addressing and where they believed their salvation came from. I think something about 'Love God' and / or 'Love your neighbor' would bring some serious conviction in these circumstances.
I thought this was interesting..... http://www.preachitteachit.org/articles/detail/what-did-jesus-really-write-in-the-sand/ by Julie Barrier.Of course no one knows for sure, but what do you think Jesus was writing on the ground with His finger in John 8:6 and again in John 8:8?
I like this, and wasn't aware of it. Speculating of course, but maybe after writing the broken law on His first stoop, He began writing the names of those (in the crowd of accusers) who had broken the law with her on the second stoop.Secondly, the priest was required to then stoop down and write the law that had been broken, along with the names of the accused, in the dust of the floor of the Temple (which Jesus did) [actually, the priest could write the law and the names anywhere, as long as the marks were not permanent - and the dust of the floor of the Temple was the most common place]. By doing this, Jesus showed these accusers that THEY were not keeping the law, but He would anyway.
Jim, I found an enlightening article on this which also mentions that this likely was an effort to trap Jesus and gives some thoughts about why the man was not there. Here: https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/John/Jesus-Forgives-Woman-TakenI find it interesting that the man was not there.
I believe the entire thing was a set up in order to try and trap Jesus and finally being able to justify in killing Him.
1. Caught in the Act of adultery
A. Had to be looking
2. Law would have them both there
A. Man missing
3. Very pushy to get Jesus to answer
To me it's as the missing man was a buddy or some one paid or forced to carry out the action So They could Catch her in the act as if positive proof and what are you going to do about this Jesus.
Look at her Accusers. ....
Trustworthy ? I say not !!
Make their own ways and push them? Big time and so on.
Yep I do believe they would stop at nothing to find a way to get away with humiliating Jesus and Killing Him as everything False.
Thank you for sharing that!!Jim, I found an enlightening article on this which also mentions that this likely was an effort to trap Jesus and gives some thoughts about why the man was not there. Here: https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/John/Jesus-Forgives-Woman-Taken
I hope it is okay to post the URL. Much too long to copy.