There’s an awful lot of stone throwing going on these days. It’s literally happening everywhere and it’s a wonder that any of us can get from point A to point B without being pulverized into oblivion. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all drop the stones?
I know that some stones that are being thrown appear to be necessary. But even here, we are cautioned to consider the path of our own current perspective, before lobbing our missiles (Matthew 7:5). There are admittedly, many false prophets, different Gospels being propagated from that which we have been given, lies and more lies and many wolves in sheep’s clothing among us, and that’s just within the Church.
Outside of the Church it’s a virtual missile attack. Bombardment after bombardment, one political party throwing stones at another and vice versa, organizations pitted against other organizations, countries against countries and on and on it goes.
I don’t know if you feel like I do but sometimes I just want to scream . . . “ENOUGH”!
Problem being that there are so many stones being thrown that very few appear to be able to pay attention to anything that is being said because so many are preoccupied with ducking stones being thrown and returning the volley.
And then, on an interpersonal level, we sometimes have squabbles within our immediate families and close circle of acquaintances, where past mistakes are relived and rehashed, where some point the finger at what has been done to them, overlooking what they themselves have done to others.
Diversion is an insidious tactic and it’s rampant and very effectively being utilized, today.
And what is it that our attention is being diverted from, one might ask and even more importantly, by whom?
Romans 3:12 NASB
“All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”
Call me crazy but that would indicate to me that we ALL have a problem.
And what would be the remedy to our collective problem?
1 John 2:1-2 NASB
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”
So let’s see, if I wanted to divert attention away from what the real problem is, not to mention, what the solution to that problem really is, how might I successfully accomplish this?
Let’s see how Jesus reacted to this reality.
John 8:7 NASB
“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.”
The root cause of all of our problems is our hearts (Jeremiah 17:9), which means the last thing Satan wants us to do is examine ourselves in the light of the entirety of God’s Word. Which is, as you will note, exactly 180 degrees opposite from what Jesus asks us to do.
Therefore, if he (Satan) can get us to focus on the assumed deficiencies on others and exclude ourselves from self examination, in the light of the entirety of God’s Word in the process, his goal is achieved.
And what was the commission that Jesus gave us?
Matthew 28:19-20 NASB”
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
As smart as we are, as well intended as we might be, we keep having this problem of putting the cart before the horse.
Luke 13:34-35 NASB”
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
And because we live in the 21st century, and are so well educated and knowledgeable, we understand how this all works don’t we?
Not even close.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!