No harm, no foul, right? I was recently reminded of this when I was watching a morning news program on TV. His back is to the camera, he has a huge rock in his right hand, and his arm is cocked back ready to throw it through the glass. It brings up a good point.
1. The parable
How quick are we to judge others for their sin and yet we ignore our own? We finger point and criticize, then we reach into our pocket and pull out a rock we always subconsciously carry around.
We take aim and fire thinking that justice was done and wisdom has won. Jesus was known to be a light traveler. No backpack of snacks, no water bottle, no change of clothes, no money, and definitely no stones. His pockets were always empty. In John 8 we find the famous story of the adulteress who was caught in the act of sin and dragged out in front of the entire community in shame and embarrassment. The men in this town, however, obviously did not. The Pharisees were still on a mission to discredit Jesus, so in John they bring the woman to Him to hear what He has to say about it.
Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say? Jesus had been in the middle of teaching people in the community when He was interrupted by the Pharisees. As they are asking him what to do with the woman, He just stands there. What He was writing, no one knows. Why would Jesus pretend to ignore them? What He was doing was rising above the mayhem, and displaying His wisdom and righteousness and dare I say maturity.
As was the custom then, as based on Deuteronomy and , if you were a witness to a crime then you were the one who was elected to begin the execution. When the Pharisees asked Jesus who should throw the first stone, the answer was obvious.
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Every single man in that town was widely known to have cheated on his wife with the local prostitutes maybe even with the one in this scene. These men were chomping at the bit to throw a stone at this woman, yet they never stopped to consider their own guilt. And so we read in verses nine through eleven,. And Jesus was left alone with the woman standing in the midst. I can only imagine the fear this woman had. She surely was already feeling it, but now being left alone with just one man as the center of his attention must have been truly unnerving.
Has no one condemned you? I could just cry every time I read that. What love and forgiveness Jesus gave to that poor woman. You can almost sense her relief…and confusion.
Who was this guy defending her and refusing to condemn her? She soon came to know Jesus as we do- loving, protecting, and kind.
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Jesus is the supreme model of compassion. Why do we carry these stones in our pockets day after day ready to grab one anytime we feel that someone is clearly in the wrong? We condemn, disparage, grumble, complain, finger point, and slander; then, we reach in our pocket, pull out a stone of self-righteousness, and hurl it at someone like a Major League baseball pitcher with a mph fastball. Genesis And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran.
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Genesis And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed him. Israel crossed his hands and laying his hands on their heads, blessed the sons of Joseph - Ephraim and Manasseh. Genesis Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.
God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yester night. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; 49 And Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
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And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac. Joshua And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the Lord spake unto Joshua, saying, 2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, 3 And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night.
Four things said of these memorial stones in verse 8 and 9. Taken up 2. Carried over 3. Laid down 4. Set up 9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan , in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day. The soles of the priests' feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before.
What mean these stones? Zechariah For who hath despised the day of small things? A ''plummet'' is a tin stone It's a plumb bob weighting heavily on the end of a string, The weight will keep the string straight with no varying from the right to the left. You can see the , that pick up the plummet and bring the people out of confusion. They, the , are the eye of God Likewise, they shall neither turn right or left but go straight, following the truth of God's plan. Who are the two people standing on the right side of the candlestick and the left side thereof? No one knows. I would hope that anyone would be blessed to be one of these.
Could it be Elijah, Moses, Enoch or someone in the flesh? Verse - These two witnesses will be on each side of the elect, leading and guiding the elect. And I said, No, my lord. These are my two witnesses, Revelation 11 Study Zechariah 4 Revelation And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. My two witnesses, They shall prophesy what? The word of God The forty and two months is the same as three and one half years And also one thousand, two hundred and sixty days Same time in Revelation - Satan's time 5 months Revelation And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Satan's prophesy in months God's prophesy in days The solar calendar has about ten more days in a year, most people believe the two witnesses will come about days before Satan's tribulation. Genesis God's told Noah seven days before , God cause it to rain upon the earth. Luke John the Baptist, was born of woman 6 months prior to Jesus Christ's birth.
Neh And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters.
How can they make a molten calf and said, This is thy god. We're in the end times now, look around, turn on the news, etc.. People listen to man.. God need to know if you love Him Isaiah Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; 17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power ; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.