Writings In The Sand

One of the most convicting statements said by Jesus is, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.” He said this to the scribes and the Pharisees who brought a woman caught in adultery to Him, and made her stand before Him: “Teacher,’ they said to Him, ‘This woman was caught in the act of committing adultery, In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do You say?’ They asked this to trap Him, in order that they might have evidence to accuse Him. Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with His finger. When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, ‘The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.”  John 8:4-7  I have always wondered what Jesus was writing on the ground. Was it the sins of those present? It must have been something very personal, for each one, starting from the oldest, got up and left one by one. No one was left to convict the woman. The reason this is convicting to me is because of the many times I prejudge people, yet when I listen to the Spirit, I realize that I am guilty of too many sins to be a judge of another. The words are like a knife that cuts to the depth of my soul, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone.”
Yet the practice continues, for we have gotten fairly good at justifying our own sin, while judging that of others. The Apostle Paul would write to the Galatians: “Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted. Carry one another’s burdens: in this way you  will fulfill the law of Christ.”  Galatians 6:1-2  First off, we don’t have the right to judge the world, only God does, yet we are to evaluate our brothers and sisters in the faith, but all the while making sure that what we are evaluating is not the same issues that we have, that we keep hidden.  In other words.  “You who are without sin, cast the first stone.”

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