Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield and this is Take It To Heart!
There’s a powerful scene in John 8, where Jesus is confronted by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. They bring to Him a woman caught in adultery and they remind Him that the Law of Moses says she should be stoned to death. When they ask Jesus what He thinks of the matter, He replies simply, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”
The Scripture says “Those who heard began to go away, one at a time, the older ones first…” (John 8: 9)
“The older ones first” – have you ever noticed that? Why did the older ones leave first? I think it’s because the older we get, the more experience we have in the battle of the flesh. When we’re young – physically or spiritually – we’re full of enthusiasm and zeal and … arrogance. We’re caught up in the pride of youth, confident in our own strength, and intolerant of others’ weaknesses.
But those who have matured – in years or in faith – have come to realize just how weak and frail the human flesh really is, the depths to which our sin nature will sink. We understand the struggle, the frustration. We’ve been repeatedly humbled by our own failures, and so we learn not to be so quick to condemn others. “There but for the grace of God go we.”
“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”
Jesus brought the Pharisees up short when He reminded them of this truth. They were convicted of the sinfulness of their own hearts. They knew they had no right to condemn anyone else. So they dropped their stones and went away. May God grant us the wisdom and humility to do the same.