Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The stone in my pocket...

Today I would like to share John 8:1-11. I am sure you have all heard this story before. I had heard it many times but until Beth Moore handed out stones to all of the women in the video we were watching did I really feel the emotions in this passage. As you read these verses today imagine Jesus handing you a rock...

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." - John 8:1-11

This was the last day of our bible study. We have been studying "When Godly People Do Ungodly Things." A very powerful and eye opening study. One of those studies that you think will have nothing to do with you...and then all of a sudden you realize it is all about you.

Before we cast stones make sure we are without sin. If we would do this there would be a lot less stones thrown. I think that we all need a rock to carry with us daily to help remind us to think before we open our mouths.

God is so Good!


Walking on Sunshine... said...

I'm always amazed at how my words can affect other people and try very hard to watch what I say. A stone in my pocket would be a good reminder!

Niki Ary said...

What a challenge! This is a great principle to help guide our actions. Another verse in the Bible that speaks to this is Psalm 141:3 "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips." When doing a study about characteristics of godly women, Scarlett Wilks, shared this verse with us. Thanks for sharing this timeless message. We should always remember that our speech should point to Jesus alone.

Karen said...

Debbie, I had never seen that illustrated by handing out stones. God has really been making me aware of my complaining and criticizing lately. That was a good object lesson. Have a blessed Sunday evening.

Shirley said...

Hi nice to "meet" you. I came by way of Where Memories are Made. I really like your blog and will be stopping by again.

You are truly blessed.