The woman caught in adultery was being made a spectacle. What began as a “private” sin between two consenting adults had been turned into a public spectacle. All of a sudden everybody knew and was all up in her business. Every eye in the very crowded city was on her… And then Jesus bent down and began writing in the dust. Whatever it was that He wrote, the attention was taken off of the adulteress. On this day of disaster, in a moment of terror, with that one simple act Jesus provided a refuge. He moved the spotlight of conviction and turned it right around on her accusers.
I am a murderer. Not in a legal sense, no. I do not have to worry about any statute of limitations and have no need to try and bury any evidence to prevent experiencing an extended stay at my local penitentiary. Actually, I have much bigger things to worry about.
Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him. (Judges 16:20) Read: Judges 15:1-16:31 John 2:1-25, Psalm 103:1-22, Proverbs 14:17-19 Relate: It was not about the hair. I have to say that…
The ripple effects of what we do will always go further than we can ever possibly imagine.
“Turn this dirt into donuts.”
I remember reading a while back an old article that used the early Batman TV show as an example of how violent television was becoming… The author who wrote the negative article about that show would have a heart attack watching the violence on Saturday morning cartoons in our generation, but we don’t even bat an eyelash.
Sin is what comes out of disobedience to produce separation from God. It is us being at war with God. Whether it is something as drastic as murder or as commonplace as lying and pride, the causes and effects of these sins are the same.