Those Without Sin; Cast the First Stone

30 Jan

“And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.””
‭‭John‬ ‭8:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This is one of my favorite accounts of Jesus setting a woman free of her sins.

See, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. She was being intimate with someone besides her husband. I’m sure she thought she wasn’t going to get caught.

Of course, here come the Pharisees and scribes.  Instead of being concerned about their sin issues, they were concerned about what this woman had done. They actually caught her in the act of adultery.

The law was if someone was caught in adultery, their punishment would be to be stoned to death. This goes back to the book of Leviticus. In Leviticus, God gave more laws to the Israelites. The penalty for anyone caught in adultery was being stoned to death. (Leviticus 20:10)

Well, here comes  Jesus in the midst of all this commotion. All of the “religious” leaders already had a stone in their hand. Jesus saw this woman on the ground. She was crying because she knew she was about to die.

Jesus walks to the group of men and the woman on the ground. The Pharisees and scribes told Jesus this woman had been caught in the act of adultery.

They told Jesus; according to the law of Moses (Leviticus 20) she was to be stoned to death. The men decided to test Jesus. “This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.”
‭‭John‬ ‭8:6‬ ‭ESV

Now, no one knows what Jesus wrote in the sand. I believe He was drawing a boundary between the leaders and the woman. (Please do not quote me on this because the Bible doesn’t state what He wrote in the sand.)

Anyway, Jesus tells them, ““And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”” John 8:7 ESV.

Once again, Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground. One by one, the people started walking away. There was no one there to stone her.

Yesterday, someone told me that I wasn’t a Christian. I was told I acted one way in church and another out of church. I’m not saying that I didn’t do anything wrong. I know that I’m not perfect. 

Anyway, I tell this person, “Yes, I am a Christian, but I’m not perfect.” This person was like the religious leaders with this woman. He/she was ready to stone me without looking at his/her wrongs.

There are a lot of people that think just because you go to church and trying to follow Jesus, that we are supposed to be “perfect.” Well, we are not perfect. We are forgiven by the blood of Jesus. Yes, we mess up. Yes, we do wrong. In those times, we must repent of our sins. We can’t be concerned about someone else’s condemnation of us. In Romans 8:1, it says, “There is NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.” It also says in 1 John 1:9 (ESV), “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.

We can defend ourselves when someone accuses us of not being a Christian. Our words must be spoken in love. We don’t have to stand by and let Satan lie to us. After all, there is NO such thing as perfect people.

 

 

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