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“Are We Stone Throwers?”
As a kid, I loved throwing stones into the water.
As I grew older, I liked to skip stones, trying to see how many bounces I could get out of each throw.
This account is about throwing stones in another context.
Please read the following verses.
John 8:1-11
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.
3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group
4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
5 In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”
6 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.
7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.
10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
The men in this account meant business. They were ready to use stones for capital punishment.
Whatever Jesus writes in the dirt, changes there mind.
It is thought that he writes down some of the sins they have committed in the dust and then says the one without sin should throw the first stone.
Of course, they are all sinners and walk away from the woman.
Today, we are still all sinners. However, believers are forgiven sinners.
When we see someone else caught in and struggling with sin, may we be ready to help them allow the Holy Spirit to enter their lives and remove their sins, as far as the east is from the west.
Most sinners already know they have a sin problem.
Tell them about the one who takes away their sin if they allow Him to.

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