The question is often asked by someone who finds you keeping the commandments. To them, keeping the commandments are akin to being some Neanderthal in the stone ages and the supposed commandment to stone our little helpless children is sometimes given as a proof text.
There is a lot to this, but this topic among some of Paul’s writings is one of the most misunderstood subjects in all the Bible.
Understand first that this is not talking about little children. Small children are under direction and correction of their parents. They are being taught the difference between right and wrong and we are to teach as they grow in the Torah (Deut. 6) the ways of the Father. This is referring to rebellious young adults…I wouldn’t even say teenagers. A man isn’t even counted till age 20(Num.1:3).
After all, Deut. 21 is talking about a rebellious drunkard. Hopefully our “little children” do not have access to alcohol. This is clearly talking about a young adult who has turned away from Torah and is living a lifestyle contrary to it IN THE LAND. The Father demands that the land He has given us remains Holy and pure. Most rebellious children who would turn away from Torah wouldn’t stay in the land anyway, they would leave for the land of the nations (prodigal son) where Torahless lifestyles are more accepted and even encouraged.
But for someone who remains in the land and continues to rebel against Torah and disobey their parents and elders (at the gates, Deut. 21:19), would in fact be guilty of breaking the instructions of the Father and the punishment for that outright disobedience is death.
Sounds harsh, Yup. “You mean, you think we should stone people?” Yup. LOOK AT THE LAWLESSNESS we have in society today. I think we could use a few stonings right about now, don’t you? Notice that there is no respectful healthy fear (Deut. 21:21) of the Father at this point in time. The result is obvious. BUT we are not in the land.
Now the obvious reaction from Christians is John 8 and the woman caught in the act of adultery and the phrase, “let those who are without sin, cast the first stone” We need to examine this further. This was in no way telling people we should not judge others for living in what the Father calls sin.
John tells us that this was a trap(John 8:6). How can we tell?
- A matter must be established by 2 or 3 actual witnesses. There were none. (John 8:10)
- Yeshua would not have been the proper authority to bring this woman to. He was not sitting as a judge(oh but He will one day)
- A man and woman committing adultery were BOTH supposed to be put to death. There was no man here, only a woman.
So in fact when Yeshua told them, “those who are without sin, cast the first stone” he was directly pointing to the sin of these religious leaders who were sinning (breaking Torah) right then and there by bringing a woman accused of adultery without there being 2 or 3 witnesses to establish a matter.
One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
Also know that this snippet of scripture in John 8 is not in the 4 oldest greek manuscripts that make up the New Testament nor is it in the Aramaic Peshitta text. It doesn’t show up until I think the 6th century texts. This snippet of scripture is highly debated as valid in upper circles of Biblical academia. Whether its valid or not, the way it is written, its clear that these religious leaders were trying to trap Jesus/Yeshua outside the Torah. If he would have condemned her, he would have done so without the confirmation of 2-3 witnesses and somewhere running around was a guilty man as well that would have been just worthy of death. If this story did occur, it was clearly a trap like the text states and Jesus/Yeshua saw right through it.
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