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Casting stones
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 • Posted March 4, 2008

John 8:2- 11- “2Early in the morning (at dawn), He came back into the temple [court], and the people came to Him in crowds. He sat down and as teaching them,

3When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They made her stand in the middle of the court and put the case before Him.

4Teacher, they said, This woman has been caught in the very act of adultery.

5Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women-offenders] shall be stoned to death. But what do You say [to do with her-what is Your sentence]?

6This they said to try (test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger.

7However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.

8Then He bent down and went on writing on the ground with His finger.

9They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court.

10When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you? 11She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.”

None of us could cast the first stone in the story above. As I search the Scriptures in my daily walk with our Lord, trying to learn as much as I can and trying to apply what I learn to my daily life, I must share what I learn with others, because Jesus told us to share the “Good News” of His birth, death, resurrection, and return (Mark 16:15). So I share as I learn, not to offend, criticize or condemn; only share.

Galatians 6:1-5 =96 “1Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.

2Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it].

3For if any person thinks himself to be somebody [too important to condescend to shoulder another’s load] when he is nobody [of superiority except in his own estimation], he deceives and deludes and cheats himself.

4But let every person carefully scrutinize and examine and test his own conduct and his own work. He can then have the personal satisfaction and joy of doing something commendable [in itself alone] without [resorting to] boastful comparison with his neighbor.

5For every person will have to bear (be equal to understanding and calmly receive) his own [little] load [of oppressive faults].”

How ‘bout that? The Bible says we all have our own “little load of oppressive faults!”

In Matthew 9:13 Jesus said “7Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

We need to be more merciful. And here’s something else that’s kind of eye opening! God knows the secrets in our hearts (so be careful)! Psalms 44:20-21 =96 “20 If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, 21 would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?”

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