Judge Not!

It has been said, “The church is the only critter on earth that devours its hurting, wounded, and dying.” What a sad epitaph for those who are supposed to be the understanding one’s. Perhaps we could understand if it were animals doing the killing, or those who have a dead conscience, but the church of the Living God. God forbid. If anybody should have compassion for the hurting, wounded, and dying among us; it should be the Christians. Don’t you think?

There is a similar incident in [John 8:3-11] in which Jesus is teaching in the temple in Jerusalem when the scribes and Pharisee’s bring before Him a woman, saying, “Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned; but what do you say?” 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 had not heard them. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted Himself up, and said to them, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, left one by one, until Jesus was alone with the woman… Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No man, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more.”

When Jesus set foot upon the earth He came to fulfill the law and to establish a new order of things for God’s people. The Pharisee’s who used the law to their advantage did not want change because change would have meant they would lose their existing power over God’s people. We see this same kind of attitude today in many denominational churches. Anything that challenges their denominational beliefs is of the devil and can’t possibly be of God. Most all denominations believe they have a corner on God and He wouldn’t do anything out of line with their denominational teachings. That is one reason why we don’t see real Holy Ghost revival break out in denominational churches. God cannot and will not work within a set of restricted guidelines. For revival among the people to break out; God must have unrestricted freedom to move in whatever way He chooses to meet the needs of the people. In this instance, Jesus who came to bring revival to the hearts of the Israelites, knew full well that under the law of Moses, these Pharisee’s were entitled to stone this woman caught in adultery, but if He was to have the liberty to bring into play the higher laws of His Father governing the lives of men, He would have to show them, everyone sins, and if there was one among them who had no sin, he should be the first person to cast the stone of condemnation that would take her life. The Pharisee’s were smart enough to realize they were not without sin in their own life, and as a sinner, they were not qualified to stone someone who had been caught in the act of sinning.

There has been speculation about what Jesus wrote in the dirt that day. Some have speculated He wrote the names of the Pharisee’s and their private sins. Some have speculated other things, but none of us really know for sure. But whatever He wrote was enough to convince the scribes and Pharisee’s to examine their own lives and to let this woman live. Whether or not they realized Jesus was setting a precedence for future Christian action toward a fellow brother or sister caught in their sin is not known. But we do know when a later opportunity arose for them to kill the Lord, they judged Him as unworthy of living and killed the One they were all looking for.

When the woman heard Jesus ask the question, “Has no man condemned you?” She replied, “No man. Lord.” Jesus said to her, “Neither do I, go, and sin no more.” The words of the Lord that did not condemn her, shook her to her soul. Instead of dying that day from a stoning; she left the temple grounds with her life intact. She left a free woman. There has also been speculation who this woman might have been. Some have said she was Mary Magdalene, but I do not know that to be the truth. But, I do know Jesus did not condemn her for her sin; but He passed judgment on her acts of sin with the words, “Go, and sin no more.” She had been forgiven and the imminent threat of death had been removed. She was now a free woman. Free to enjoy life. Free to make better choices. But, and this is a big but; if she continued to live in sin, even though she had been forgiven and had been fortunate enough to escape the death penality the first time; if caught again, it would lead to her death; not only physically by stoning, but spiritual as well.”  DThrash

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