Let him who is without sin cast the first stone
According to the Gospel of John, the Pharisees, in an attempt to discredit Jesus, brought a woman charged with adultery before him. 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 at her.” The people crowded around him were so touched by their own consciences that they departed.
When Jesus found himself alone with the woman, he asked her who were her accusers. She replied, “No man, lord.” Jesus then said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.”
According to an ancient tradition, Jesus wrote on the sand the first letter of the name of each of the attendees and beside that the sin that he had done (all of them were severe sins including prostitution and sacrilege). And when they all saw their sins written on the ground (and were shocked…), Jesus erased what He had written and said: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” [John 8:7]
It was as he was saying to them: You hide your sins and blame other as sinners, but you can’t hide yourselves from God’s eyes.
Some things from the past you have not or not well completed. For example, an ‘unresolved’ conflict, unresolved grief or an unpleasant experience. If you have not completed something drastic, it will continue to have an effect in the present. It can gnaw, give an unpleasant feeling. Because it is not finished, it (still) floats in your head and sometimes pops up at unexpected moments. It is an energy eater. Ask yourself what you can do to finish what is unfinished, to give it a place. Do you have to start a conversation, write a letter, forgive the other person and/or yourself, say sorry? Think about what it takes to keep the past from affecting the present. And do it. You will be amazed at the energy that is released when you finish a loose end.
With all the things going on in the world today, it seems as though many are confident they are in a position to throw stones at each other. In light of that, I was pondering the following:
John 8: 6b-7,
“But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.
But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’” (NASB)