The SCENE, the SAND, the SILENCE, the SAVE, the STOP, 14FEB
What a wild scene, diffused by Jesus. Jesus stands alone with an adulteress accused and about to be stoned. The accusers then are silenced, leave convicted and the scene dissipates down to one to one conversation. Jesus simply uses the tactic of silence over scolding. ‘Whoever is without sin can cast the first stone’, stooping then to write in the sand. His actions saved Himself from the crowd too.
Silence in the crowd.
Some say the sand-writing bought time for the men to realize older scriptures or to recognize their own sins. Some might say silence is the most powerful tool towards those making a scene.
Silence in a scene is impossible to bridge when there is no reaction to escalate tempers. Silence is saving grace when words would worsen it and cause woe. Standing firm in silence is still standing.
I can tell you that silence works.
So does our Savior.
See, the woman had the most intimate personal experience – one on one – with her Savior who told her to stop sinning. Did she? Would we?
A Savior’s role in saving is not simply stopping punishment, a Savior is all about STOPPING SIN.
So that accusatory tones are not spoken, we are ACCOUNTABLE to stop spying.
So when stoning words are not acceptable. we are ACCOUNTABLE to stand up for the sake of salvation.
So that scenes we invent or could escalate are silenced, we are ACCOUNTABLE to stand silent.
So that saving grace may work, we are ACCOUNTABLE to stop sinning.
So that our Savior can save, we are ACCOUNTABLE to be save-able. With Man it is impossible, but with God everything is possible.
The stones against us will fall, the Savior for us will stand. The silence breaks specifically and solely for us sinners to see the situation. He reads us. We need to get a read on Him.
If Jesus, the Word, can say something in Silence, then our listening can come from what He has written on our hearts. He knows that He would like to write more.
His desire is for us to read into His Love, FOREVER.
John 8 KJV
Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. 28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.