People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Do you know what this means? As I was reading my homework assignment, the story of the adulterous woman where Jesus wrote in the dirt came in mind (John 8:1-11, NIV). The Pharisees were going to stone her, but Jesus intervene. “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (v. 7).
According to Wiktionary, the free dictionary, “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones” means, “do not criticize others if you have similar weaknesses yourself or judge not, that you be not judged.” Is this what the Pharisees were doing? Criticizing and judging when they, themselves had sinned? Roman 3:23 say, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God—.” No one is perfect according to God including the Pharisees.
At the end of the story of the adulterous woman (John 8:1-11, NIV), all of the Pharisees drop their stones and left. Jesus tells the woman he does not condemn her, but “Go now and leave your life of sin” (v. 11).
Isn’t time we stop casting stones at each other and thinking we are more righteous? Should not we try to see people with Jesus’ eyes and offer the grace that God freely gives us?
Note: There are other incidents in the New Testament where stones where going to be throw in judgment. In John 8:52-59 & 10:52-59, Jesus was going to be stoned for blasphemy (claiming to be God). In Acts 7: 54-60, Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, was stoned to death for preaching to the Sanhedrin (Acts 6:8 thru Acts 7).
May God’s grace be with you today.