First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande

In His Own Hand

A look at the four times God wrote in His own hand.

  • Law: Ten Commandments. Exodus 20: 1-17
  • Judgment: King Belshazzar feast, handwriting on the wall. Daniel 5
  • Forgiveness: Accusation of the adulteress, Jesus writes on the ground. John 8: 1-11
  • Life: The Book of Life, writes the names. Revelation 17:8; 20:12,15; 21:27; 22:19 (Exodus 32:32-33; Psalms 69:28; Psalms 87:6; Daniel 12:1; Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:3)

Inspired by a sermon by David Vasquez at New Life Community Church, Pismo Beach, CA.

Led by Jamie Foster.

Ten Commandments | Writing on the Wall | Jesus Writes on the Ground | Book of Life


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General Resources

Look up Bible verses:

Devotional - Three Times God Wrote with His hand:

Three Times God Wrote (a sermon):

Law: The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments (Wikipedia):
(Text of the Ten Commandments, History, Variations between Exodus and Deuteronomy, Division of the commandments, Jewish understanding, Samaritan understanding, Christian understanding, Muslim understanding, Views of other faiths, Controversies, Cultural references)

The Ten Commandments, the 1956 movie:

Religious Tolerance - The Ten Commandments:

Catholic Encyclopedia - The Ten Commandments:

Side-by-side translation variations (KJV, NRSV, TEV) and cross-references:

God's Ten Laws - Rules with Purpose:

God's 10 Commandments:

Should we KEEP the Commandments?:

Google "Ten Commandments":

Judgment: The handwriting on the wall at King Belshazzar's feast

Daniel 5 - The Writing On the Wall:

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner:

Ichabod! (No glory!):

Various commentaries:

Google search:

Forgiveness: Jesus Writes on the Ground

What did Jesus write on the Ground in John 8:6?:

Jesus and the Scapegoat:

Why and What Did Jesus Write in the Dust?:

Jesus' Work of Forgiveness:

Jesus and the woman taken in adultery (Wikipedia):

Public Faces, Private Lives (1):

Let God Love You!:

Men, a Woman, Jesus, Sin:

Google search:

Life: The Book of Life

Art (at right) used by permission by Pat Marvenko Smith, copyright 1992. To order prints visit her "Revelation Illustrated" site:

What is the Book of Life?:

Book of Life:

The Lamb's Book of Life:

Can the Regenerate Be Erased from the Book of Life?:
(Click here.)

Eternal Security:

The Book of Revelation (Wikipedia):

Google search:

Bonus Material

The Price of Children - What you get for $160K each: