When you ask, “Why doesn’t God prove He exists?”, what you’re really asking is why doesn’t God prove His existence again — and this time, to you personally.

But what if He did?  What if God revealed Himself to you in a way that you could no longer deny His existence?  What’s next?  Well, you’d want to share what you knew, right?  But how would that work out?  A lot of your friends are like-minded.  They don’t believe in God and if you just walked up to them and told them that you had a true one to one experience that left you with no doubt that God truly existed, how do you think they would react?  They’d want proof, proof that you wouldn’t be able to give them.  The only thing you would have to offer them is your word that what happened to you was real. 

Where would that leave you?  In the same place every other Christian finds themselves; in a personal relationship with the living God and the challenge of sharing who He is with people who don’t  believe in His existence. 

Every true Christian has a common experience; that moment when we reach out in faith to a God we can no longer deny exists.  At that moment, we are spiritually born again and we begin a new life in Jesus Christ. 

You can’t prove it, you can’t even adequately explain the change that miraculously happens at that moment, but you know that the experience is true.  Others may mock us and say all manner of evil against us, but we remain steadfast in our belief because we KNOW that what we’ve experienced is real. 

Do we hate those who mock us, make fun of us, abuse us, degrade us, assault us?  No.  Instead we pray that God will give them that little ounce of faith needed to believe; that He will soften their hearts and open their eyes to the truth that can set them free. 

We are saddened for those who may never allow God to touch their heart, knowing that the only alternative to eternity in heaven is an eternity in hell.  So we persist; we persevere; we make ourselves available to plant and water the seeds of faith and then hope to be there for the reaping.

May all praise and glory be to the living God!!!

Sept. 12, 2005 Israel completes its withdrawal of all Israeli civilians and soldiers from the Gaza Strip and turns the territory over to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority. 

Sept. 24, 2005  Within weeks of Israel’s full withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Hamas fires a large barrage of rockets from that territory into Israel, injuring 5 Israelis. According to the New York Times, “Hamas carried out the attacks after falsely claiming that Israel was responsible for the explosion of its weaponry during a march in Gaza on Sept. 23 ….” Israel retaliates with airstrikes, and Palestinian groups continue to fire rockets into Israeli towns.

October-December 2005 – In the final three months of 2005, 145 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza strike Israel.

January 2006  Hamas trounces the more pragmatic Fatah party in Palestinian parliamentary elections.

June 25, 2006  Hamas gunmen infiltrate Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing two Israeli soldiers and kidnapping a third. Israel retaliates by launching Operation Summer Rains, meant to secure the release of the captured soldier, Gilad Shalit.

November 2006  Operation Summer Rains ends with Gilad Shalit still held in Gaza.

2006 – An estimated 861 rockets and 57 mortar shells fired from Gaza strike Israel.

June 2007 Hamas forces violently crush Palestinian troops loyal to Abbas, take full control of the Gaza Strip.

2007  An estimated 896 rockets and 740 mortar shells fired from Gaza strike Israel.

Six-Month “Calm”

June 19, 2008  An Egyptian-brokered tahdia, or lull in fighting, between Israel and Hamas officially starts.

June 21, 2008 Two days after the start of the lull, three rockets and one mortar shell fired from Gaza strike Israel.

July 4, 2008  Already during the first three weeks of the tahdia, 11 rockets and mortar shells are fired from Gaza into Israel.

July 23, 2008  Speaking during a visit to the rocket-battered town of Sderot in southern Israel, presidential candidate Barack Obama stated, “I don’t think any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on the heads of their citizens. The first job of any nation-state is to protect its citizens. And so I can assure you that if … somebody was sending rockets into my house, where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”

July 27, 2008  Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expresses concern about the continued smuggling of arms from Sinai into the Gaza Strip.

Nov. 3, 2008 Since the start of the truce, about 38 rockets and mortar shells are fired from Gaza into Israel.

Nov. 4, 2008 Acting on intelligence that Palestinian militants were poised to infiltrate Israel and kidnap soldiers, Israeli troops cross several hundred yards into Gaza to destroy a tunnel that was to be used for the infiltration. A firefight erupts between Hamas gunmen and Israeli soldiers. One Hamas gunman is killed. Hamas launches mortar shells at Israeli targets, and an Israeli airstrike kills several Hamas members preparing to fire mortars.

Nov. 5, 2008 Responding to the previous day’s fighting, Hamas launches dozens of rockets and mortar shells into Israeli cities and towns. Israel strikes a rocket launching cell in Gaza.

Nov. 6, 2008 After the previous day’s sharp increase in rocket fire, rocket and mortar attacks against Israel dip to an average of a few per day. This frequency continues until mid-December.

Dec. 14, 2008  Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal says on Lebanon’s Al Quds television that the truce expires after 6 months, and that the group will not be renewing the truce.

Dec. 15, 2008  Israeli official Amos Gilad argues on Israel’s Channel 2 that the truce does not expire.

Dec. 17, 2008  With the end of the truce approaching, the number of rocket and mortar shells fired into Israel increases sharply. Along with the basic Qassam rockets, Palestinians begin to fire a larger amount of relatively advanced and destructive Grad (or Katyusha) rockets. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli civilians live within the area affected by Palestinian rockets.

Dec. 19, 2008  Hamas declares the tahdia to be officially over. During the six-month truce, 223 rockets and 139 mortar shells were fired into Israel from Gaza.

Dec. 25, 2008 A day after about 60 rockets and mortars strike Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud urges Palestinians to stop the attacks, and threatens a powerful response. The rocket attacks continue in the days that follow.

“Operation Cast Lead”

Dec. 27, 2008 The Israeli air force begins wide-scale attack against Hamas targets. Over the next few days, Hamas headquarters, smuggling tunnels, rocket factories and other targets are destroyed; hundreds of Palestinians, mostly Hamas fighters, are killed; Israelis huddled in bomb shelters as scores of Palestinian rockets and mortars are fired into Israel. 

Dec. 31, 2008  A Grad rocket strikes a kindergarten in the Israeli city of Beersheva. The school is empty at the time. 

2008  An estimated 1,571 rockets and 1,531 mortar shells fired from Gaza strike Israel.

Jan. 1, 2009  Israel bombs the home of Hamas terror leader Nizar Rayyan, killing him and members of his family.

Jan. 3, 2009 Israel ground troops enter Gaza.

Jan. 5, 2009 A Grad rocket hits an empty kindergarten in the Israeli city of Ashdod.

Jan. 6, 2009  Israel expressed regret after about 40 Palestinians at a Gaza school were reportedly killed by an Israeli shell. An initial investigation by Israel concluded that Hamas fighters were likely firing mortars from the area of the school, and that Hamas mortar crewmen Immad Abu Iskar and Hassan Abu Iskar were among the casualties. According to the Associated Press, two nearby residents told reporters “they saw a small group of militants firing mortar rounds from a street near the school…” (AP, “Gaza truce proposed after Israel shelling kills 30,” 1/6/09). The Israeli army pointed out that Palestinians have launched attacks from UN schools in the past.

Jan. 7, 2009  While the head of the UN school denies militants were inside the school, the New York Times quotes a witness in Gaza saying that militants were indeed active in the area, and had even solicited the involvement of civilian children in their activities: “A young witness from Jabaliya, Ibrahim Amen, 16, said that he had seen one of the militants, whom he identified as Abu Khaled Abu Asker, in the area of the school right before the attack. Ibrahim said he saw the militant after he answered calls for volunteers to pile sand around the camp ‘to help protect the resistance fighters.’ Ibrahim went to pile sand near the school with his brother, Iyad, 20, who was then injured by the Israeli mortar fire.”

Jan. 8, 2009 The United Nations Security Council passes resolution 1860, which, among other things, calls for “an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza” and condemns “all violence and hostilities directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism.”

Jan. 9, 2009  Hamas rejects the UN resolution, with Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marouk asserting that the organization “was not consulted on this resolution, our vision and the interests of our people were not taken into consideration.” He added that “this resolution does not concern us unless someone comes to enforce it on the ground. When it is enforced on the ground, whatever party which tries to enforce it will have to deal with…(Hamas).” Israel also rejects the resolution. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert states that “the IDF will continue operations in order to defend Israeli citizens and will carry out the missions with which it has been assigned in the operation. This morning’s rocket fire against residents of the south only proves that the UN Security Council Resolution 1860 is not practical and will not be honored in actual fact by the Palestinian murder organizations.”

Jan. 17, 2009  The Israeli cabinet votes in favor of implementing a unilateral 10-day ceasefire, conditioned on an end to Hamas hostilities. Hamas insists it will continue fighting.

Jan. 18, 2009 After firing a barrage of rockets into Israel, Hamas announces a ceasefire, conditioned on a withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza within one week. Several more rockets are fired from Gaza after the announcement.

Jan. 27, 2009  Palestinians kill an Israeli soldier and wound 3 others when they detonate a roadside bomb near an Israeli army patrol along the Gaza border. Israel retaliates.

Feb. 1, 2009 Over a dozen rockets and mortars are fired into Israel from Gaza. Israel’s military intelligence chief says that Hamas has not acted to stop the sporadic rocket attacks that have continued since the latest ceasefire, even if it is not itself launching rockets.

Feb. 10, 2009 – Amidst continued rocket fire from Gaza, Islamic Jihad admits that a Palestinian killed while approaching Gaza’s border fence with Israel was on his way to attack Israelis.

Israel: How Much Is Too Much?

Posted: June 7, 2010 in Israel
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You might ask yourself, “How many missiles have been launched against Israel in the past eight years? It’s nothing compared to what Israel has done to it’s enemies.”

Oh really, check these figures out:

Here are the total figure from 2002-2009: 181 Grads – 4,810 Rockets – 6,085 Mortars
Source: https://www.swivel.com/charts/18917-Projectiles-Fired-Toward-Israel-by-Year-2002-2009-

Let’s get real. The Middle Eastern nations were against the Jews getting ANY land in that part of the world, let alone Jerusalem. From day 1 they have schemed as to how to wipe them off the map. As you can see, things aren’t rosey for the little state of Israel. Hamas takes every opportunity to attack Israel, so is it any wonder that Israel has formed a blockaid to prevent weapons from reaching the Hamas leadership? All Israel is asking is that the ships dock in Ashdod to have their cargo offloaded and inspected, at which point Israel trucks the cargo to Gaza at their own expense.

Every country works through the political system of other countries to provide aid, why is Israel any different? If there’s a military blockaid and the only way to get any supplies in to the area is to go through the officials of the country forming the blockaid, you can bet that government officials of the countries seeking to provide humanitarian aid would jump through hoops to form an agreement to get that aid to those who need it most and would follow those rules percisely so that aid would not get cut off. Why is Israel any different? I’ll tell you why, because they’re Israel.

Israel is known as the “little Satan” to many of the Arab nations of the world and the leaders of most of the Middle Eastern countries refuse to even recognize Israel as a state. No recognition, no rules. I guess that’s how the world works.

Land for peace? You’ve got to be joking! The world is demanding that Israel give up even more land to its enemies in order to bring peace to the Middle East. Is history to be repeated again?
One of the most famous “Land for Peace” agreements was between Britain and Germany.

September 15, 1938: British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain set out for Germany to visit Adolph Hitler. Hitler wasn’t asking for too much, just the liberation of the German-speaking areas of Czechoslovakia [the western part of Czechoslovakia called Sudetenland]. It was a sweet little “Land for Peace” deal that would hopefully appease the Fuhrer and give the German-speaking Czechs their “rights of self-determination”, albeit under Nazi control. Fifteen days later the Sudetenland was handed over to Hitler. In exchange, Hitler gives his word that he has no other territorial designs on Europe.

October 1, 1938: Germany now owns half of Czechoslovakia and not a single shot was fired. Before the year ended, Hitler broke his agreement and occupied the remainder of Czechoslovakia.

The following year Hitler invaded Poland. He continued to invade most of Europe, Africa, and Russia and even bombed Chamberlain’s very own Britain. Needless to say, the duped Chamberlain was replaced rather quickly by Winston Churchill. The Brits had THEIR fill of “Land for Peace!” And that was just one example!

The policy of “Land for Peace” logically entails the surrender of Israeli territory whenever Arabs threaten war. As anyone may see from the US House of Representatives Task Force Report on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare issued on December 10, 1996, the territorial shrinkage of Israel following the Oslo peace process has triggered a “frantic military build-up” by Arab and Islamic states that now see an opportunity to annihilate the Jewish State.

Question: Can Israel be certain that peace will never be withheld again by those who receive the land?
Question: What will happen if surrendering land reduces Israel’s ability to defend itself from those who will occupy the surrendered land?

Many may say, “Well, we won’t know until we try.” And if it fails, it will be too late to save the country and its people. Israel will be gone.

Fortunately, biblical prophecy does state that although Israel will be attacked in the future by a large and powerful coalition, God will intervene and destroy all but one sixth of the attacking forces, saving Israel and bringing glory to His name.

Praise be to the Lord God Almighty!!!

8”The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, 9and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.” Revelation 8:8-9 (NASB)

10”The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. 11The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.” Revelation 8:10-11 (NASB)

12”The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way. 13Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, ‘Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!’” Revelation 8:12-13 (NASB)

NEO’s are those meteors and asteroids that fly really close to earth? They’re called Near Earth Objects (NEO’s) and they’re more common than you think. How close is close, you may ask. What if I told you that many of them pass by close enough to fly between the earth and the moon? Close enough for you? That doesn’t count the small ones that burn up in our atmosphere. Scientists know they’re there, the governments of the world know they’re there and I’m sure most of us have heard something about the subject. Why am I making such a fuss about NEO’s? Biblical prophecy.

You may think that I’m saying that NEO’s are the cause of all of this, but that’s not what I’m saying. I believe that there is a good possibility that these NEO’s are going to be used by the enemy to explain away the judgments of God. Why believe in God when it can be shown that NEO’s have been tracked for years and that they are a natural part of the universe, causing destruction on the earth for millions of years. Just one more lie the enemy will tell those who remain after the rapture.

The practice of necromancy. It’s in the bible. 1 Samuel chapter 28 verses 9 through 21 tells the story of a witch who seemingly conjured up the spirit of Samuel. Is this God’s way of telling us that ghosts really do exist? Let’s see what this scripture says.

Brief background: Saul was a king King of Israel. When Saul was walking in fellowship with the Lord, He obeyed God in His command to destroy all demonic practices because it was an affront to God. Saul eventually began disobeying God. God had repeatedly warned him that He would turn His face away from Saul if Saul continued to disobey Him. When the Philistines were preparing to attack, Saul sought out the Lord, but the Lord didn’t answer him. It’s because of this that Saul sought out a medium to conjure up the voice of Samuel so that he might seek Samuel’s council.

Then Saul disguised himself by putting on other clothes, and went, he and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night; and he said, “Conjure up for me, please, and bring up for me whom I shell name to you. But the woman said to him, “Behold, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off those who are mediums and spiritists from the land. Why are you then laying a snare for my life to bring about my death?” 1 Sam. 28:8-9

Saul had to disguise himself because he couldn’t let anyone see that he was visiting someone who performed demonic rituals. The woman was cautious at first, making this stranger aware that she was taking her life into her own hands if she were to assist him. At this time, she was unaware that it was Saul that was asking her to do this.

Saul vowed to her by the Lord, saying, “As the Lord lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.” Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” And he said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice; and the woman spoke to Saul saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul.” 1 Sam. 28:10-12

Now necromancers were used to hearing the voices of the “spirits”, and the witch would not have been surprised to hear an audible voice response; in fact, that’s what she expected. But when she used her incantations to bring up the usual voice response, God took control over the situation and He actually sent Samuel back from the dead. That terrified the witch. She knew that it had to be God who was performing this act, which made her realize that it was Saul that she was speaking to.

The king said to her, “Do not be afraid; but what do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a divine being coming up out of the earth.” He said to her, “What is his form?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped with a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and did homage. Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up? 1 Sam. 28:13-15a

Saul not only created a terrible sin by disobeying God, but now he has appealed to the occult to get guidance., which was the final straw for God. Read through to verse 21 for the rest of that story. It’s easy to misinterpret this piece of scripture and think that God is showing us that ghosts exist and that it’s possible to conjure them up and speak with them. The fact is that it was God who caused the REAL Samuel to appear to Saul.

So, are ghosts real or not? It depends what your definition of “ghost” is. The spiritual realm exists and it is divided into two parts, good and evil. Unfortunately for us, evil tries every trick in the book to keep us from experiencing a close relationship with God, including mimicking our loved ones or mimicking those who have died in the past in the hopes that we will develop a belief in ghosts, thus watering down our relationship with God.

Do we honestly believe that God, who is omnipotent, would allow His children to wander around spiritually lost in some sort of limbo state? That He wouldn’t have the power or authority to call them home? That a powerless spirit could override the Almighty? Doesn’t make sense to me and I’m sure if you see it in that light, it doesn’t make sense to you either.

God said that it was appointed for a man to die once, then judgment. There is no scriptural basis for believing that ghosts are people who have died and who have not figured out how to get to where they need to go. God takes care of that at our death. It’s not something we have to figure out on our own. The question is, have we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior so that we can receive the gift of salvation and be assured of eternal life in heaven when we die?

How many of us have diluted our faith to keep peace with the world? I will be the first one to raise my hand.

I am no spring chicken. I am almost 50 years old. For so many years I have limited most of my conversation about my faith in God to Christians. I didn’t want to be bogged down in debate or embarrassed by being caught without an answer, so I shied away from discussing God with non-Christians. What changed all that? Well, God led me to Thoughts.com where I could express myself and say things that I haven’t been able to share with people for so long. That, of course, has brought a new freedom which I have been experiencing since being on this site.

Sure, I get angry, condemning and borderline offensive replies (especially considering the subjects I blog about), but that gives me the opportunity to speak the word of God and get some truth out there, whether people want to accept it or not. All I want to do is plant, water and reap the harvest. I’ve found it easier to share my faith in other formats, like on other web sites and in person. That is a freeing experience and one that the Lord has blessed me with. I thank God that in the few short weeks I’ve been on this site I’ve become more extroverted in the sharing of my faith.

Some of my friends are not believers and I have avoided actively sharing my faith to keep peace, but no more! I won’t hit them over the head with the bible, but I won’t bite my tongue when I have a Christian prospective on whatever they’re talking about either. If they want to put something out there in Thoughts.com, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. then they can expect a Christian perspective if I have an opinion. If they talk about gay marriage, racism, national security, Israel, etc. then they can expect to hear my Christian perspective.

So, I’ve decided that I will no longer water down my faith to make peace with the world. If the truth within God’s written word is an offense to others, then I just have to understand that and realize that the curses and condemnation are all part of sharing in the sufferings of Christ. Now “taking up my cross” has a more significant meaning to me. Too bad it took me this long to work this out. I used to be an outspoken Christian when I first became born-again (as I think we all are), and I’m glad that I’m getting back to that point in my life where the love of God just pours out!!!

Sure, I may lose some friends, but I might be used by God to save some of them from an eternity in hell, and that’s what my life is all about; sharing the word of God and rescuing my lost brothers and sisters from the hands of the enemy, Satan.

Praise God, I’m back baby!!!!!

I have participated in numerous discussions about God and evolution on thoughths.com and I must say that I’ve learned something through all that. I’ve learned that we are all on a path that leads us to our own personal destiny and we alone have to make the decision to change the path we’re on if we want to change that destiny.

For me, my destiny is spiritual; the path I walk leads me towards heaven. I believe with all my heart and with all my mind and with all my soul that God exists. He has made Himself real to me many times and has blessed me beyond measure. He has spoken to me and has given me spiritual experiences that I cannot ignore. I believe that the road I walk on will lead me to a destiny where I will spend eternity in the presence of Almighty God.

And you know what? I don’t have to prove anything. How great is THAT!?! I don’t have to prove that God exists, that’s not my role in life. God has made Himself known to better men than I and He will continue doing so until time literally runs out. No, I’ll continue to spread the word of God and allow Him to shine through me as a beacon for anyone who is seeking His light, because that’s why I’m here.

Jesus went in to the tax collector’s home and He also befriended prostitutes and all manner of “sinners” because they were looking for redemption. The religious men of the day rejected Jesus because of their self-righteousness, but the lowly in heart… they knew that they needed the salvation that came only through Jesus.

So I’ll stay on thoughts.com doing what I’m doing, but trying to prove God exists… that I’ll leave in the hands of God and the hearts of mankind.

Dark Light

Posted: June 5, 2010 in Poetry

Dark light fills the void of my existence, permeating every corner of my being, bringing a sense of normalcy to a life filled with fierce bonds and woven memories. My soul aches, understanding that this dark light pledges no more than what can be seen.

A shimmer in the dark light dances in the void, calling me forward into its alluring presence. It penetrates my being, dispelling doubts and fears and self-loathing. Turning, finding none who have been influenced by the light there is hesitation, but the light calls to me, sings to me and seems to reach for me.

I make my approach to a brilliance that causes no pain as I gaze into its mysterious radiance. Echoes of the pain of past hurts, and of friends lost, no longer reverberate within my soul. The light, within my grasp, is alive and full of life.

My hands extend, my mind opens to the possibilities, my heart once blemished with the stain of sin can now be cleansed. A touch is all I require to set me free. It is here that Jesus has met me, in my dark light, in the void, in my journey to nowhere. It is here that I am set free and set on the path of eternity in the paradise of His love.

STONE HER!!!!!!!

Posted: June 4, 2010 in Christianity

[1]But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. [2]Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. [3]The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, [4]they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. [5]”Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” [6]They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. [7]But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” [8]Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. [9]When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. [10]Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” [11]She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either Go From now on sin no more.”

The contrast we have, between the self-satisfied religious police on the one hand and the idea of a woman who recognizes her true condition on the other, is the contrast between those who will accept or reject Christ. We see that people who have an experiential grasp of their needs are the same people who will grasp grace. People who do not understand their true condition or after a while become arrogant, and self-satisfied and don’t understand grace are people who often won’t give it as well. We become a people who are so focused on our self-righteousness that we can no longer focus on our own condition.

So, where is the guy? Both parties are also to be condemned, the man and the woman. Look in Deuteronomy 22:22. There you will find the mosaic requirement: “If a man is found lying with a married woman, then both of them shall die; the man who lay with the woman and the woman; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.” They basically violated the Law by not bringing him before Jesus and they also violated the Law when they set up a trap in the first place. In either case, they are so concerned with the Law that they are ready to violate it in an attempt to trap Jesus.

So, this trap was set to put Jesus on the horns of a dilemma. Here is what they are trying to do; they are pitting Jesus against Moses. So they are saying this to Jesus: “Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” You can almost see that smug, satisfied look on their faces and “They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.” That is a very intriguing bit of text, isn’t it, the idea of writing on the ground? Jesus never wasted a motion and there was something going on there but the text chooses not to reveal it.

Instead of passing judgment on this woman we see that He turns it back on the judges. “But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.'” Now, what He is really doing here is looking at the Law. That was the situation and here the woman’s accusers violated that very Law. Yet, they are asking Jesus if He is going to be following the Law. You see the contradiction there?

Jesus is trying to show them that they are hardly different from the woman in this regard. The case was more difficult because she knew she had a problem and they did not.

“Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone…” So, one group after another would drop their stones and quietly leave until finally they were all gone. “…and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘I do not condemn you, either Go From now on sin no more.'”

So, as we can clearly see, Jesus is not really minimizing the sin or contradicting the Law. For Him to forgive her is not a cheap thing at all. If we grasp the nature of Jesus’ forgiveness, it means that He would have to pay for her sins Himself in order for the Father to be satisfied. Basically, He is underwriting the cost of the human condition. Now, forgiveness is free, but it is not cheap. Someone must pay the price; the just must die for the unjust so that our relationship with God can be repaired. Otherwise, Jesus’ offer of forgiveness really wouldn’t be meaningful.

Then in 2Cor. 5:21, there is this, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” The awful price of forgiveness, then, is Christ underwriting that and making it possible for us to receive it.

So, we see a clear picture of God’s provision. The Law was given to reveal our sin. Romans 3:20 reveals that, “because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” The Law reveals the condition and drives us to grace. No one in the Law was saved by keeping the Law because no one could satisfy the requirements of the Law. Instead, the Law drove them to grace.

The worst thing we can do is rationalize our foolishness and our sin and cover it up. God knows our heart and so when we come to Him we are understanding that it is the Law, God’s righteous revelation of Himself, that convicts us. Conviction must always precede conversion. So it always is; a person must first become aware of their sin.

It is self-righteous, arrogant people, who will resist His claims and offers. John 9:39-41 – [39]And Jesus said, ‘For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.’ [40]Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, ‘We are not blind too, are we?’ [41]Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.'” The one thing you can see with Jesus is that the more time people spend with Him the less they can ignore Him. You can not spend much time with Him without accepting Him or rejecting Him.

Grace does not eliminate the Law, it satisfies it. Jesus, by fulfilling the Law, makes it possible for us to enjoy the grace of God.