This particular day we read the passage where Yeshua (Jesus) is confronted by the scribes and Pharisees with the woman who is caught in adultery. Wanting to trap him, the local religious leaders bring the woman in to their midst and ask him, "Do you think we should stone her or not? The law of Moses says that we should, well what to do you think?"
What did Yeshua do? He begins to write something in the dirt. Has anyone every figured out what He wrote? Well for the first time, as I've never heard in church a plausible explanation, I heard from my fellow believer what the King possibly wrote in the sand.
This is awesome. Listen to this... and remember that understanding the Hebrew context to this passage and all other passages in the scriptures is essential.
When you read over this passage most people don't realize what has just happened and what day this event happens on. It happens the day after the "great day" of Sukkoth.
In order to place the day you have to look at the passages just before. In John 7:37 it states "on the LAST day of the feast, the great day...". This feast they are celebrating is Sukkoth, a.k.a. the Feast of Booths, a.k.a. as the Feast of Tabernacles. (Okay stop and go get out your scriptures and read this section so you know what I'm talking about). On the last day of this feast what happens... this is cool... Yeshua stands up at a very crucial part of the day's ceremony and declares "If any one thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' "
Now I'll back up here for a minute. The Feast of Booths ends with a big huge ceremony. Now while I can't elaborate on all the details right now suffice it to say that this day is very special for God's people. Part of the ceremony entails the high priest walking, with a empty pitcher down from the temple mount through the streets to the lowest part of city, where he scoops up some water to take it back, through the streets back up to the temple. It's a big to do, with people following along like a big parade. Once he's back in the temple by the altar, he takes the pitcher and dramatically pours out the water on the altar. During this ceremony lots of Scripture verses pertaining to living water are read aloud, including the passage from Jeremiah 17.
Thus says the LORD: 'Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.