Daily Archives: May 3, 2014
John 8 starts with Jesus in the Temple, being confronted on Shemini Atzeret with the woman caught in adultery. It says that twice Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with His finger, then all her accusers “went away one by one, beginning with the elders.”
I heard a homily once in which the priest speculated that Jesus wrote out some of the sins of the accusers in the dust on the ground. Yeah, maybe. But it was a crowd of people who ALL were embarrassed into skulking away, so maybe not.
I got thinking about this again the other day when I figured out that this event occurred on Shemini Atzeret. That is a day that God commanded be a Sabbath-level holy day of rest.
I couldn’t find any specific information about whether stoning someone to death was a permitted Sabbath activity. It hardly seems likely, given that the list of banned activities includes no “ending the life of a creature, whether through slaughter or any other method.”
Plus it was a violation of Roman law for the Jews to put anyone to death.
It seems significant both that Jesus wrote two times in the dust and that the elders were first to leave.
Breaking the religious law against work on a holy day and breaking the civil law against imposing capital punishment were two points that condemned the accusers of the woman.
It’s not like you can write much with your finger in dust. But “Shemini” and “Pilate” would have been enough. And the elders were most likely to catch on first, especially when Jesus said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
So yeah … maybe that’s what He wrote.
Things I picked up at Facebook or got sent in email. Usually, I’d add these to Pete’s post, but he doesn’t usually put anything up on Saturday.
This is a VERY interesting article about a Pro-Life program that really works. I think the author’s points about how to dialogue successfully with left-wingers can be applied successfully to any political issue and are worth studying.
Ten year old Willie Myrick was kidnapped from his front yard in Atlanta. The kidnapper told him, “I don’t want to hear a word from you.”
That’s when Myrick began to sing a gospel song called “Every Praise.” The kidnapper started cursing and repeatedly told Myrick to shut up, but he wouldn’t. He sang the song for about three hours until the kidnapper let him out of the car. The little boy ran to a nearby home and asked the resident to call his guardian.
Myrick recently got to meet “Every Praise” gospel singer Hezekiah Walker, and they sang the song together. Police don’t have any leads on the suspect, but are hoping a sketch they released will generate tips.
A Portland alternative newspaper called The Willamette Week hosted Republican primary candidates for U.S. Senate to, in the paper’s words, “explore questions that we think matter most to our readers.”
As one of the other candidates was answering a question, candidate Mark Callahan noticed a reporter writing “blah blah blah blah blah” on his notepad.
He confronted the man, wanting to know why he was being so disrespectful. The moderator broke in, saying he wanted to move on to another question and advised CALLAHAN to answer respectfully.
Callahan shot back: “You have to give respect in order to get respect. Right now on that side of the table, you’re not giving very much respect to the five of us and our time here.”
Their verbal tussle continued briefly, then Callahan was asked whether he believed climate change is a myth or reality.
“Myth,” he fired back.
Jaquiss, the blah-blah-blah reporter, sarcastically asked, “Where are you on the Easter bunny?”
“Are these really the questions I was called here to answer?” demanded Callahan. “I called you out for putting ‘blah blah blah blah blah’ on your notepad and now you’re asking me questions like this? Really? Are we talking about this now?”
The committee leader suggested Callahan leave and Callahan laughed at him.
Someone said, “There’s the door,” and Callahan left.
The Willamette Week posted a one-hour-42-minute video of the entire candidate-endorsement meeting online. The 2 minute volatile exchange with Callahan went viral, which is helping Callahan’s campaign.
Oregon’s primary election is May 20.