What did Jesus write on the ground and why did He do so? Ken Bailey, the Middle East New Testament scholar, suggests He was doing what judges did in the ancient near east. They would render a verdict by writing it on a slate or tablet. Jesus may have written “guilty” on the ground to acknowledge the legal truth and then wiped it away in His second movement to indicate forgiveness which He was pronouncing. This drama then would prefigure our objective guilt and our forgiveness painfully bought in his risky act of sacrificial love on the cross.
What do you think of this reading?