One of the most intriguing episodes in the Bible occurred after Jesus was confronted by the teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. The episode is narrated in John 8: 1 – 11. I have underlined the part we will consider:
1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
We therefore come to a very fascinating issue: What did Jesus write on the ground? Here I put forth the argument that what Jesus wrote was a portion of His very own Prayer.
Using the Method of the Verse Identification (MVI) expounded in the book, let us look at the identity of the verses from 4 to 11, which provides a precise synopsis of the story of the adulterous woman.
The most surprising is that at exactly at the 6th verse, the identity of the first 3 verses is 168. The 6th verse is:
6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.
But 168 is the identity of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke:
Identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11
CONCLUSION: The only logical conclusion is that Jesus wrote the following:
- The first time He stooped down, He wrote: “Forgive us our sins.”
- The second time He stooped down, He wrote: “As we forgive those who sinned against us.”
If someone had bothered to read what He had written, he or she would have come to realize that he or she was being reminded of the tenet of the greatest prayer of all times, the prayer that is a mini-Gospel of Jesus Christ containing the Great Commandment of Jesus Christ:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:34-40)
The Lord’s Prayer is the “10 Commandment” of the New Testament! Jesus was telling the teachers and Pharisees to follow His “10 Commandments.” !