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Writing in the Dust

It was last week as I was reading through my Bible, I read Job 2:1 “One day the members of the heavenly court* came again to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan,* came with them.”  That Satan is presenting himself before God is a mystery.   This being has caused so much damage in God’s realm, if it was me, I would have got rid of him by the time Job was on the scene.  But he is there, and he seems to have freedom to do what he does; accuse.  Names indicate purpose in the heavenly realm.  Is it possible Satan was designed as an accusatory being when God created the heavenly beings?  Could he have been designed for a good purpose like a cleanup agent in God’s realm but his rebellion against God distorted that purpose?  Not unlike humans made in the image of God to reign over creation (Gen 2:26), who have themselves become distorted in fulfilling their purpose, stepping out from under the authority of God?  With the result, that today we have exploitation of resources, pollution, erosion etc.  If we go to John 8 and a lady caught in the act of adultery.  The Greek of John 8 is more in keeping with the Greek of Luke, but John chose to include it in his writing.  I wonder why?  The woman had plenty of accusers.  Adultery deserved stoning according to the Jewish law.  It was a public test; would Jesus break the Jewish law codes?  They knew his heart; he wasn’t one to point the finger.  Jesus’ response was to write in the dust.  They were relentless in their accusation.  Eventually he stood up from the dust and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (Jn 8:7).  Her accusers slowly slipped away until only the woman was left standing before Jesus.  He stood and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more” (Jn 8:10-11).  Are we seeing an enacted parable?  The woman is us.  We are guilty with no way out, and the accuser before God is relentless in his accusation.  Jesus wrote in the dust; we are made from dust, he became emersed in humanity.  He lived in humanity. He was buried in the dust.  When he rose, there was no one to accuse.  The accuser(S) had lost his/their teeth.  I find it interesting the most qualified person to accuse the woman was Jesus, a man without sin.  But he didn’t.  Jesus is the same with us.  He doesn’t accuse us, he says, “Go and sin no more.”  His word speaks hope to our enslaved humanity; we no longer must bow the knee to the dictates of sin.  

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