29th August 2012 by Bill Davis
A friend apologized to a large group for some things said. A very wise Pastor challenged the group; “Here take this stone and those of you without your own guilt, throw it at him.” Was not a very similar message taught by our Lord? Were not very similar words spoken by Him?
John 8:3-8 New International Version (NIV); “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do You say?’ They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with His finger. When they kept on questioning Him, He straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
What do you think Jesus was writing in the dirt? Was it the names of all those there accusing the woman? Was it perhaps a list of their very sins? We can accuse others of their wrongs but we must be careful and realize that God already knows our many sins. The original Greek, “who is without sin”; here is thought to reflect the same type of sin; be it adultery, fornication, etc. However, as the accusers continued asking Him; ” Now what do You say?” It appears they were going to press the question until they got the answer they wanted. They were determined to have their way. If only we as Christians could persevere in our own love and forgiveness of others as we do in our persecution of those we don’t always agree with. Here I am believing our Savior was saying, before you condemn someone, make sure you do not have any sin yourself. Who of us has not sinned?
Matthew 7:3-5 New International Version (NIV); “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
There is another translation/commentary on this that I really like. It talks about; so your neighbor has a little smug on his face. How can you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt?’ It’s our too often holier-than-thou attitude. Are you even fit to offer your neighbor a washcloth, much less try to wash their face. Not only did Jesus Christ with humility “wash” others faces but He stooped and washed their feet as well. When this proved to not be enough, He then gave His life and washed us clean in His very blood.
Bill Davis

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