“Casting The First Stone”

Posted: February 7, 2012 in Abolish Judges?, Christian Life, Compassion, Decision Making, Salvation

  She was caught in the very act of adultery. She was guilty of a heinous sin and worthy of being stoned to death according to the requirements of the Mosaic law. The religious hypocrites who appended her wanted to use this vile woman to put the righteous man, whom they hated, in an awkward position so they could accuse Him of something no matter what His response was.
  Trap. Unfazed by their sinister plot to trap Him and use her for their own purposes, He took them by surprise when He knelt down on the ground and began writing in the dust.
  First Blood. Then He rose up for a moment and said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” Stooping down again, He began to write something else that caused her accusers to begin to leave the scene one by one from the oldest to the youngest. That’s very interesting.
  Guilty? Being omniscient (John 2:24, 25), He may have been writing down the names of those who had brought her to Him to condemn her and demand that she be stoned to death. Maybe they themselves were guilty of the same sin.
  Missing. Does this strike you as it does me? Something is missing here. Where was the man who was involved in this adulterous relationship? Why didn’t they drag him there too and demand that he be stoned?
  Penalty. Under the Mosaic Law there was a severe penalty for adultery not just for the woman but also for the man (Leviticus 20:10). But perhaps in anticipation of the new era of grace in which we now live, Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:1-11).
  Hell. Think about it. If God gave you and me what we deserved to get, we’d all be burning in hell right now (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). Some will end up suffering more than others (Revelation 20:11-15).
  You? Be honest. Are you guilty of any of these crimes against God: fornication, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality, sodomy, theft, covetousness, drunkenness, reviling others, or extorting money from others (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10)? What about all the other commandments (Exodus 20)? If you say you haven’t sinned, you make God out to be a liar (1 John 1:10). Admit it! We’ve all sinned (acted lawlessly) and have come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23).
  Justice. If these sins, along with many others, aren’t dealt with justly, you and I will end up forever in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46). Do you know what God did for you? Have you really been forgiven? How can you be sure? What if you sin again? Got questions? Let us help you find Biblical answers. 
  Forgiveness. Yes, we can be forgiven of the crimes we’ve committed against a holy and righteous God. Believe it or not, there is a way whereby we can know for sure that we’ll go to heaven the moment we die. Interested? Communicate with us.
  Decisions. Making wise decisions isn’t always easy. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). 
  Trust. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6). 
  Happiness. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3).
  Wisdom. Whose wisdom will you seek, God’s or man’s? If you’re a Christian, beware of those who would cheat you through philosophy and empty conceit (Colossians 2:8). God promises to give Divine wisdom to His children who qualify for it (James 1:5-8). Consider His conditions.
  Women. Have you ever read the story of the woman who saved her race with her beauty and intrigue (Esther), or the woman who used a tent peg to save her people (Judges 4:21), or the wise woman who caused a head to roll so her whole city wouldn’t perish (2 Samuel 20:21)?
  Decision. The most important decision you have to make in life, that will affect your eternal destiny, has to do with your response to God’s command to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). 
  Rebels. Some of you will refuse to do this and will end up in hell forever. You will reject the only One who can deliver you from an eternal hell (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). I’m speaking the truth to you “in love” because I don’t want you do go there (Ephesians 4:15). 
  Believers. Others of you will believe on Him who died for your sins…and who rose again bodily from the grave. This will result in your being saved forever from hell and spending eternity with God in heaven. We aren’t saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
  Help! If you are unsure of your eternal destiny, we’d be happy to show you from the Bible how you can be sure today. Call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com. We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages and other helpful information for Christians to grow.

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