Exclusive: Greg Laurie contrasts recent stoning incident with biblical one.
I recently read the horrific story in the New York Post of a young woman being stoned to death by a group of men – including her own father. She was accused of adultery, led to a hole in the ground and placed there with a rope tied around her neck, pleading for her life.
This horrific event was captured on video in what appears to be Syria. And according to the article, “Because the leader of the mob is the woman’s father, the man most shamed and humiliated by his daughter’s alleged transgressions, he is awarded the group’s highest honor: the biggest stone to cast and deliver the death blow. The video fades to black before the father releases the stone.”
These men were ISIS militants, a group that has become infamous for beheading journalists and performing acts of terror.
As this poor young girl called out to her father, begging him for forgiveness, he coldly replied, “Don’t call me Father!”
Have we heard a story like this before? As a matter of fact, we have, but it took place 2,000 years ago.
Instead of ISIS militants, there were religious Pharisees who cast a woman caught in the act of adultery before Jesus Christ. Jesus quickly surveyed the self-righteous and bloodthirsty group of men. Then he did the following:
Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. (John 8:6–8 NIV)
What do you think he wrote?
No one can say with certainty, but my suggestion would be that Christ wrote the “secret sins” of these men, starting with the oldest and ending with the youngest. That is why they then left.
That’s probably because the oldest guys had more to confess than the younger ones. Whatever the reason, all of the would-be rock throwers left the scene after Jesus said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
So here was this woman, left alone with Jesus. He did not pick up the biggest stone and execute her like the man in the article. Instead, He forgave her. The story from John’s gospel continues:
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. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:2–11)
Written by Greg Laurie
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