John 8:6 In Light of Jeremiah 17:13
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 Scripture as a giant jigsaw puzzle. Each verse imparts truth, but it is only when a passage from one book links perfectly to a passage found somewhere else in Scripture that the Bible becomes one unified (echad) masterpiece. In this article, I will point out how a passage found in the Gospel of John connects to a verse found in Jeremiah.
In John 7:37, Yeshua is at the Temple on the last Great Day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot/ Leviticus 23:33-35, 39-43.) Daily, during Sukkot the priests performed three rites. The third was known as the Water Libation. On the last “great day” of the Feast, this water libation reached its climax. The priests would circle the altar seven times, then pour out the water. This 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 the very next chapter (eight), a division inserted by man, Yeshua went up to the Mount of Olives, outside of Jerusalem, stayed there until dawn then returned to the Temple to teach. That was when some Torah scholars and Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught in adultery.
Yeshua went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn, He came again and went into the Temple. When all the people came to Him, He sat down and began to teach them. That’s when some Torah scholars and Pharisees brought in a woman and said to Yeshua, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. In the Torah, Moses commanded us to stone such a women. What do You say?”
Scripture informs us that these men were trying to trap Yeshua with their question. They wanted to have grounds to accuse Him. But instead of answering right away, Yeshua knelt down and started writing in the dirt as they continued to question Him. Finally, Yeshua stood up and and told them, “Let the sinless one among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then He knelt down again and continued writing on the earth.
What Did Yeshua Write?
Over the last three 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 had cried out 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, that I learned the answer, when Pastor Scott connected this passage in 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 YHVH, the Fountain of living waters.”