Throw The 1st Stone

Dec 10, 2023 | Blog, Scripture Sunday

Today’s message is a modern day twist on the Scripture where Jesus draws a line in the sand from John 8:4-11

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”  They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

CONCEPT:
In this Modern day version, I decided to make it guys on their cell phones using social media, phone calls, and group text to talk bad (our modern day “stones”) about the woman forced to stand in the middle of their digital circle listening, reading, and seeing all the things they were saying about her. Then I paraphrased the Scripture into a group text message on the phone that Jesus is holding. The condemners (aka the guys) messages are in grey text bubbles and Jesus’ responses are in blue. I didn’t type in the woman’s response because she isn’t holding a phone at this time. Instead of Jesus drawing a line in the sand he types on his phone. We still aren’t sure what he types because it is done as “stage direction” with parenthesis in the text message.

Shaming and humiliating people on social media is becoming more and more common. The image that comes to my mind when I think about this is of individuals safely ensconced in the privacy of their own rooms sitting behind a keyboard frenetically spouting off (throwing their “stones”) their opinions and judgments on others. From that idea, I thought about this Scripture and how it would most likely play out in our modern world. And this is the image that I felt led to create to represent a modern twist on an old verse.

Of course, the people could be reversed too. There could be five women with a guy standing in the middle. Since I am a woman, I tend to create scenes that have women as the main character. Simply because I can relate emotionally and physically more easily to a woman. Men are still mostly a mystery to me 🙂

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No Ai was used for the characters or props. All the characters and the phone were created in Daz Studio. The background is a stock photo.

Until next time blessings and healing

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