Wednesday, December 10, 2008

An Adulteress

John 7:53-8:11

53 And everyone went to his own house.

1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?" 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 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?"
11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

This piece of scripture is one of my most favorite in that it is so plain and clear and to the point. None of us has a right to cast any stones. We are a very judgemental people. We are the first to point out others faults. I love how the Lord puts it to the crowd that whoever is without sin cast the first stone. Not a single one could do so... because none were without sin. So, before you feel like condemning someone think first in your own life. Can you cast the first stone? If you say yes then you're fooling yourself. I shutter to think of what repercussions one would have for thinking so highly of self.

So, my challenge to you today is to examine yourself. Find ways you can seek God's wisdom in overcoming things that make you feel that you're high on a pedestal. Allow God to work on you to bring you back to a level of humbleness at His feet. As one of my bloggy friend posted to her blog; come to God naked barefeet and ready to praise & worship HIM.