Tuesday, August 23, 2011

THROWINGS STONES: While Living In A Glass House

John 8:3-5, 10-11 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?" 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

In these scriptures we have a woman caught in the right in the act of adultery, and brought into the very presence of the Lord. The Scribes and the Pharisees immediately exposed the woman's sin and her conviction was unquestionable. The ones that were her accusers wanted to stone her, to take her life, and use the law to condemn Jesus, because of their jealousy and their hatred of Him. But the Lord, in His kind and low keyed way, calmly and quietly wrote in the sand, and turned their hatred and extreme dislike into profound and deep conviction. The sin of adultery was condemned, but not the woman. The Lord  knows the very heart of every person. Makes no difference if it is man, woman, or child. Jesus did not come to this earth with a spirit of condemnation, putting the blame or his disproval on no one. Our Lord came with a spirit of grace and truth.
The whole world, just like the scribes and Pharisees, is convicted of sin in Jesus’ presence, But only the ones who really are thankful for His grace are filled with admiration and appreciation. Can you imagine how this woman must have felt? All she heard was voices of blame, accusation, and a guilty verdict. There was a lot of finger pointing and it all was at her.  Jesus didn’t help the turmoil along, but calmly watched what was happening.  Then He said:  "He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone." When no one cast that first stone, the Lord gave the convicted woman her liberty and freed her and restored her life to her, and said: "Go and sin no more."
When other people accuse you of sin, when you hear voices of rejection, when you are being condemned for the sin that may be in your life confess your sin (if there is any) and let Jesus expose the hearts and the sin in the life of your accusers. Remember we all are sinners saved by His grace!
   One of the problems in the church world today is there are to many stone throwers. People who think that they are above everybody else and because of their holier than thou attitude they try to condemn every little thing. They try to pull the moat out of some ones eye when they have a beam in theirs. These kinds of Christians run more people away from church than they do getting people into church.
Let me give you a up to date version of these Bible verses that really happen. My father who is now 86 years old told me the story of a young teenage girl who went to a church that was part of a large denomination. This girl became pregnant and was not married while she attended that church. Because of this the leading members put her out of the church. The women is now 75 years old or older and she never went into another church. How she now stands with the Lord I do not know. (I know this woman very well). The people, that put her out of the church are just as guilty as the “want to be stone throwers” in Jesus’ time. I wonder how many of them had sex outside of marriage or had thoughts about it before they gave their heart to the Lord? They forgot the beam that was in their eye!

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