Just A Stones Throw Away

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - Sub­mit­ted by Grace Pos­ton Pineville First Bap­tist Church

Today was a very spe­cial day at Pineville First Bap­tist Church. It was “Friend Day.” Many gath­ered bring­ing friends from far and wide. Jes­sica Cole, who brought 12 friends, won the “Rain­bow Col­ored Bi­ble,” and Steve Hartman won with bring­ing a to­tal of six friends.

We stood in open­ing pray­ing and be­gan our mes­sage from the Book of John 8:1-11 us­ing the King James ver­sion of the Bi­ble. The Choir sang a spe­cial en­ti­tled “Bow the Knee.” Amanda and Ryan Craw­ford brought us a spe­cial en­ti­tled “Jesus Never Fails.”

Our mes­sage ma­jored on the woman and her stand­ing with Christ. We also cen­tered our thoughts on the Scribes and Pharisee’s and their stand­ing with Christ. Of course, this is in the midst of some very good teach­ing. In fact, chap­ter seven and eight are on the sub­ject of judg­ing which comes up quite of­ten.

Why did Jesus speak so of­ten, as well as other New Tes­ta­ment writ­ers? Be­cause it’s easy to get to that place. “Now as touch­ing things of­fered unto idols, we know that we all have knowl­edge. Knowl­edge puffeth up, but char­ity ed­i­fi­eth.” “And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth noth­ing yet as he ought to know.” 1 Corinthi­ans 8:1-2.

To judge means to set one’s self as authority. To con­demn means to judge and dis­ap­prove and re­ject to sen­tence. In other words, to be the Judge and Jury.

What did He write and why did He write? This is the only time we see that Jesus wrote some­thing. The fin­ger that wrote on the ground was the same fin­ger that wrote on the Tablet of stone for Moses. Things we can learn. One is that it was the re­li­gious folk that were judg­ing and con­demn­ing. They even came quot­ing scrip­ture. “Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?” John 8:5. They at­tempted to make oth­ers look bad to make them­selves look good. They ma­jored on “ex­pos­ing.” He ma­jored on “restor­ing.”

What Jesus did.

He wrote on the ground. “This they said, tempt­ing him, that they might have to ac­cuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his fin­ger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not,” John 8:6. “He that an­swereth a mat­ter be­fore he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him,” Proverbs 18:13. We are re­minded in Proverbs 29:26 ”Many seek the ruler’s favour: but ev­ery man’s judg­ment cometh from the Lord.” What did He write? I be­lieve He wrote their names. “I won­der how He knows my name?” “Now that you know that I know who you are…” “Then they re­minded Jesus that adul­tery was pun­ish­able by ston­ing un­der Mo­saic law and chal­lenged him to judge the woman so that they might then ac­cuse him of dis­obey­ing the law. Jesus thought for a mo­ment and then replied, “He that is with­out sin among you, let him cast the first stone,” John 8:7.

Then again, He writes what? A per­sonal sin list? The crowd around him were so touched by their own con­vic­tion that they departed? Can you hear the stones fall­ing to the ground? One by one. From the old­est per­son in the crowd to the youngest. Un­til there were only two left. The sin­ner and the Friend of sin­ners.

The only one who could have thrown a stone at her didn’t! He wrote in the dust of which man was made. Psalm 103:14 re­minds us that, “For he knoweth our frame; he re­mem­bereth that we are dust.” He did not re­ject her nor con­demn her. If we have the ten­dency to judge and con­demn oth­ers we’re not too close to Jesus’ heart.

Want to be more like Jesus and not of the world where so many have self-es­teem is­sues. How of­ten have you heard “you should be ashamed of your­self?” He was will­ing to take our sins. Have you asked him to for­give you? So, you no longer need to be ashamed such as the lady in our story today. “She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Nei­ther do I con­demn thee; go, and sin no more,” John 8:11.

If you do not have a home church, please join us for church. Our Sun­day school starts at 9 a.m. im­me­di­ately followed by Morn­ing Wor­ship at 10 a.m.

The Nurs­ing Home Min­istry meets at McDon­ald County Liv­ing Cen­ter in An­der­son, at 2:30 p.m. ev­ery other Satur­day.

Our Wed­nes­day night Awana group meets at 6 p.m. in the gym. A meal is pro­vided.

We have Wed­nes­day evening Bi­ble study at 7 p.m.

Our busi­ness meet­ing for this month is Nov. 12 after morn­ing ser­vice and potluck din­ner.

We will be hav­ing fall clean­ing and work day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 11.

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