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Wednesday, May 18 2016
John 8: The Stone Casters
"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her ... Then took they up stones to cast at Him: but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the Temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by ... See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down"
The "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her" incident is one of the most famous of Bible history. As we will read, it was a lesson in hypocrisy that the religious authorities soon forgot - before the lesson was turned upon themselves by the Romans (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and the Fact Finder question below).
"8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.
The Pharisees did not, for the most part, realize that their traditions and man-made religion had blinded them to the Light of the true Gospel (see Paul's Blindness Lesson) that had been known by the people of the LORD before Israelites and Jews even existed (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
"8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Three major, and opposing, religions claim Abraham as their "father" - but Abraham knew none of it (see A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions). Abraham knew only the true LORD - and chose to truly obey Him.
"8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The religious authorities, like most of humanity since they chose to rebel and become sinners, were under the blinding influence of Satan (see Satan's Sandals and When The World Is Going To Reject The Way Of Satan).
"8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." (John 8:42-47 KJV)
The religious authorities soon forgot their lesson about hypocrisy. They again picked up stones, this time intending to murder the Messiah (see Why Was The South A Dangerous Place?).
"8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
Fact Finder: What prophecy did the Messiah declare about the great stones of the Temple?
This Day In History, May 18
332: Roman Emperor Constantine proclaimed free distribution of food to the people of the city that would be named after him, Constantinople (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1152: Eleanor, duchess of Aquitaine and recently divorced from King Louis VII of France, married Henry Plantagenet (later Henry II of England) at Poitiers.
1291: The Sultan of Egypt and his son Ashraf took Acre, the last "Christian" stronghold in the "Holy Land" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1565: The Ottoman Siege of Malta began.
1592: The Tanaka Memorial, Hideyoshi's plan for Japanese world domination was published. It was revived 349 years later prior to the December 1941 attacks on British, Australian and U.S. bases and possessions all across the Pacific and southeast Asia.
1642: Montreal, Quebec was founded. Today, Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada, and the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (second only in population to Paris, France, although Montreal is larger in area).
1756: England declared war on France, thereby beginning the Seven Years' War.
1792: Russia invaded Poland.
1803: Britain declared war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continued his interference in Italy and Switzerland.
1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France.
1830: Edwin Budding of England signed an agreement for manufacture of his invention - the lawn mower.
1845: Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin set out from England to map the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. He and his men of the "Franklin Expedition" never returned.
1966: An attempted assassin was killed in an explosion in a third floor washroom of the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa, only steps away from the public viewing gallery. He had apparently planned to throw the bomb into the Government assembly, thereby killing the Prime Minister and many other members of Parliament, but it detonated prematurely.
1974: India became the sixth nation with nuclear weapons when its first bomb was successfully exploded in the Rajasthan Desert.
1980: 60 people were killed from eruption of Mount St. Helens in a remote area of Washington State. Scientists estimated the force of the eruption to be 2,500 times more powerful than the U.S. atomic bomb that was used to incinerate Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
1982: A jury in New York City convicted Sun Myung Moon, founder and leader of the Unification Church (the "Moonies") of tax evasion. He served 13 months in prison.
1990: A modified French TVG train set a new world rail speed record at 515 kilometers per hour (320 miles per hour).
2009: The Sri Lankan Civil War ended after nearly 26 years of conflict.