John 8:6 In Light of Jeremiah
John 8:6 In Light of Jeremiah
By Christine Egbert
Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out.” (TLV)
The longer I study God’s word, the more I see it as a giant jigsaw puzzle. While each verse gives some details, it is only when a passage from one book of Scripture links, in a perfect fit, to a verse in another book, that the Bible becomes one unified (echad) masterpiece. In this article, I hope to reveal a unifying link between a passage in the Gospel of John and a verse in Jeremiah.
In John 7:37, we find Yeshua at the Temple in Jerusalem. It’s the last Great Day of the Feast of Tabernacles, known also as Sukkot. (see Leviticus 23:33-35, 39-43) During this Feast, the priests performed three daily rites, the third of which was known as the Water Libation. On the last “great day” of the Feast, this water libation reached its climax. Priests would circle the altar seven times and then pour out the water. This water pouring was known as the Hoshana Rabbah, this great “HOSHIANA” translates into English as “Save us Now!”
It was during this great Hoshana Rabbah that Yeshua stood up and cried out loudly, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37)
Hearing Yeshua, the crowd became split in their opinion. Some believed Yeshua was that Prophet spoken of by Moses, while other did not. In chapter eight, a division inserted by man, we learn in verse one that right after this Yeshua went up to the Mount of Olives (which is right outside of Jerusalem). He stayed there until dawn the next morning. When he returned to the Temple to teach, some Torah scholars and Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery.
Let’s read it:
John 8:1-8 “But Yeshua went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn, He came again into the Temple. All the people were coming to Him, and He sat down and began to teach them. The Torah scholars and Pharisees bring in a woman who had been caught in adultery. After putting her in the middle, they say to Yeshua, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of committing adultery. In the Torah, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do You say?” Now they were saying this to trap Him, so that they would have grounds to accuse Him. But Yeshua knelt down and started writing in the dirt with His finger. When they kept asking Him, He stood up and said, “The sinless one among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then, He knelt down again and continued writing on the ground.”
What Did Yeshua Write?
Over the last two decades, I’ve heard many suggestions as to what Yeshua might have written in the earth that day (the day after the last great Day of the Feast of Sukkot, when Yeshua cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” It wasn’t until recently, when someone (and I wish I could remember who it was, but I can’t) connected this passage in the Gospel of John to something the Prophet Jeremiah wrote in Chapter 17, verse 13.
Let’s Read It!
Jeremiah 17:13 (LITV) “…Those who depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken Yehovah, the Fountain of living waters.”
Those who walked away that day were Torah scholars. They knew every prophecy Jeremiah ever wrote. The day before, they heard Yeshua cry out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” When Yeshua wrote their names in the earth, these Torah scholars walked away, shamed by what the Prophet Jeremiah had written: “Those who depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken Yehovah, the Fountain of living waters.”