The Old Testament law stated that in capital offenses, the primary witness was to cast the first stone at the point of execution. (Duet. 17:7) In the story of the woman caught in adultery, (John 8:1-11) Jesus refers to this point of law when addressing the woman’s accusers, however He reverses the rules for this occasion. In verse 7, He says, “He who is without sin among you let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” In other words, He gave the right to begin the execution, not to the one who witnessed her sin, but to the one who could look at his own life and witness no sin there. John goes on to tell us that after these words, there was no execution that day.
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