I was recently in a group where we watched John’s gospel story of the woman caught in adultery. The pharisees were plotting to trap Jesus and they brought a woman to him, accusing her of being caught committing adultery. Now there are few interesting points about this story such as how can you catch someone committing the act of adultery and wanting to punish them without bringing the other party to justice.
Anyway enough of that tangent. They asked Jesus what he would advise them do seeing as the law said to stone her. He went quiet and started to write on the ground. We don’t know what he wrote, or who long he went quiet for. And so I won’t speculate here either. He then said, “Who ever is without sin, you cast the first stone!”
The crowd who had been earlier baying for her blood in pious self righteousness went quiet and slowly went away. The woman looked at Jesus, who said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers?” and she replied, “Sir, they have gone away!” Jesus then said to her, “Woman, your accusers have gone and nor do I accuse you, go and sin no more!”
A couple of points where made in the resulting discussion in that Jesus was sinless. Among them all, he was the one who had the right to throw the first stone. But he didn’t; instead he showed her compassion and told her to go, forgiven. And from this story we deduced that we shouldn’t throw rocks at others.
BUT a new thought come to me – we ourselves are so good and perhaps some of us have perfected the art at throwing rocks at our selves. Jesus is saying to us, “Hey guys, stop throwing rocks at yourself also.” Now Scripture does call for us to be sober in our self reflection and its right and proper for us to reflect truthfully about how we are doing. But, we are also told to take captive our thoughts and make them captive to the will of Christ…In other words stop throwing rocks at ourselves.