In the story of the woman caught in adultery found in John 8:1–11, the Scribes and Pharisees (aka haters) who, in their continuing efforts to trick Jesus into saying or doing something they could hold against Him, brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. They reminded Him that the Mosaic Law demanded her to be stoned to death. “But what do you say?” they asked Him. At this point, Jesus stooped down and starting writing something in the dirt. When He straightened up, He said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7). Then He stooped down and wrote again. One by one, the people left (verses 8–9).
These religious leaders were sneaky, trifling, and dirty. They knew good and darn well they had already breached the law by only arresting the woman without the man she was caught in bed with!
If you didn’t know; the Mosaic Law required that both parties to adultery be stoned (Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22). The leaders were using the woman as a trap so they could trick Jesus. If Jesus said the woman should not be stoned, they would accuse him of violating Moses’ Law. If He urged them to execute her, they would report Him to the Romans, who did not permit the Jews to carry out their own executions (John 18:31).
My brothers and sisters, love don’t throw shade nor does it throw stones! The only One qualified to even throw a pebble was the only One to choose forgiveness and compassion which was the moral of this altercation.
Now as I close on a sidebar, I know you’ve heard or read a lot of speculation as to what Jesus was writing in the sand, but the one I tend to agree with the most was that Jesus was low-key reminding His “haters” that it was His very finger that wrote not once but twice the very Mosaic Law (Exodus 20:2–17 and Deuteronomy 5:6–21 ) they so desperately, judgmentally, and arrogantly tried to uphold….of course they missed that point too and walked away🚶🏽♂️