A Little Thought

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 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.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. John 8:6-8

This entire sequence of events between Jesus and the Jewish leaders is intriguing. I’ve read this passage a hundred times or more and the phrase “when they kept questioning him…” jumped out at me. I don’t think I have actually seen that before. It wasn’t enough that they accused the woman, then try to trap him. No, they continued to question even after it was apparent that Jesus wasn’t really interested in answering them, at least not until He was ready.

We don’t know what he wrote on the ground and perhaps it’s a question we can ask (one of the hundreds) when we get to Heaven. Perhaps he doodled and just had their attention because of his silence on the matter. What’s important is that he had a captive audience when he spoke. He didn’t say a lot to expose them but he didn’t need to. Timing was everything.

And so it is with us. We may not be perfect in delivery and timing, but we can choose our words more carefully, especially when we’re put on the spot. Just because we could say anything that comes to our minds, doesn’t mean we should.

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