John 8:7 (NASB)
(7) “But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
The first thing about this verse is it does not condone sin. All are sinners, and all need to repent. Romans 3:23. The only one who is without sin is Jesus Christ. Mattoon’s Treasures says the following: “To set aside the Law and punishment for crime would be an open invitation to anarchy.” Civilization would crumble if humanity indulged in the lusts of their flesh at the expense of others. Society would live in terror. This is almost true now.
God is holy, and He hates sin. The price for sin is death. Romans 6:23. The government has been ordained by God to punish those who are evil.
Romans 13:1 (KJV)
(1) .”Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God
The church has been given divine authority to deal with sinful members and discipline them.
1 Corinthians 5:11-13 (KJV)
(11) “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. (12) For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? (13) But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”
So what is meant by “He that is without sin…” It means “without sin in a particular case or without this particular sin in their life or a desire to commit this sin.” The Greek phrase ana martetos does not mean “sinless, but not guilty of the sin they were accusing the woman of and neither had a desire to commit this sin.” The accusers were not have been adulterous or desired to be adulterous. I present to you this thought. Could one of the men been in relation with the woman? This is not a fact, but food for thought.
Matthew 5:27-28 (KJV)
(27) “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: (28) But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
Was there lust in their heart for this woman? This is something to consider.
The phrase “cast a stone” in the Greek means, “cast the stone.” It refers to a heavy stone used for execution. Under the Jewish law, this stone had to be cast by the witness first. O my goodness! Is this the reason why all of them walked away? This is not fact, but a supposition. Jesus got them!
Deuteronomy 17:7 (KJV)
(7) “The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.”
Witnesses had to be free from the crime that they were accusing. They would be punished for the same sin in the same manner.