May 14 Stone Hurlers

Photo by suzie gallagher

Photo by suzie gallagher

1 Samuel 15:1-16:23;  John 8:1-20;  Psalm 110:1-7;  Proverbs 15:8-10

“Early in the morning he [Jesus] came again to the temple.  All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.  The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.  Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.  So what do you say?”

“This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him.  Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.  And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them,

“Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground.  But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

Jesus stood up and said to her,

“Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and from now on sin no more.”

John 8:1-11

* * * * *

Lord, have mercy

on those in the church

who want to hurl stones

at the gays and lesbians.

Help them see that they themselves

are guilty of rebelling against you.

Hurlers, too, sin daily

as they pass judgement on those

“different”.

Lord, your grace and mercy

freely flowing from your pierced

hands, feet and side

covered all our sins,

the hurlers and the gays.

You bid each one of us to kneel

before the Cross

confess our sins and receive your merciful

pardon and life

in your name.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:23

“For if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just

will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9

You desire the hearts of hurlers and homosexuals.

Lord, may they all see their names written by your hand in the Book of Life

at the end of time.

For Jesus’ sake I pray,

Amen.

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5 thoughts on “May 14 Stone Hurlers

    • I think it includes all sins. And though we cannot live sinless lives, He desires us to live for Him–loving Him with all our heart, soul, body and mind; and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We will continue to sin, and because of Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection we continually have access to His forgiveness and pardon. He gives us His body and blood through the Lord’s Supper to forgive our sins. He gives us the Holy Spirit through faith so that we long to live holy and pleasing lives this side of Heaven.

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