The Older Ones First

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TOPIC: Older

“At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:9-11)

Ever wonder why it was the older ones who were the first to put down their stones and walk away? Could it be because, unlike the younger men, their life resumes were tarnished with a few more years of sin and failure.

“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (vs 8)

Perhaps, the older men thought back over their many years of living, and for a brief moment after Jesus’ question, their biggest failure replayed in their head.

Older often means we’ve had more time on earth to take more wrong turns and experience more seasons of stumbling. The older men were first to recognize this. Their track record over the years was not perfect and they knew it.

Many in life don’t grow wiser simply because they lived a righteous life, many grow wiser because the older they get the more they recognize how many times they’ve fallen short.



12 thoughts on “The Older Ones First

  1. Jacque @ Mercy Found Me

    "Many in life don't grow wiser simply because they lived a righteous life, many grow wiser because the older they get the more they recognize how many times they've fallen short…" So very true! May we all strive to cultivate the humility of Christ to be the first to lay down the stones. Thank you for your words! Blessings to you…Jacque

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  2. Kris

    This was so good. Thank you for this… Praying that we learn this wisdom through living in Christ daily, this humility, and have a heart that is understanding and sees it's own failings as room for Christ to fill, as cracks for wisdom to be set in to grow…

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  3. Beck Gambill

    Great insight, I love the direction you went with older! The older I get the more I find I identify with those older ones aware of their shortcomings. Rocks drop out of sin stained hands.

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  4. Jenifer

    "Many in life don't grow wiser simply because they lived a righteous life, many grow wiser because the older they get the more they recognize how many times they've fallen short." That is true! Great post.

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  5. Lisa

    It does seem the older I get the more I realize just how much I need God's grace. Almost every day I discover another area in my life that needs some work. I definitely am more aware that I need an Savior. Many blessings, Eileen! I'm praying for you all.

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  6. Jen

    …and how much more grace we need, the longer we live, the more mistakes we make.

    I want to put down my stones and pass along grace.

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  7. Caroline

    Oh my gracious. Great post, Eileen. Especially that last sentence. As I learn more, I only see more how broken I am, and how great my need is for God. Thank you for this post.

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  8. Amy Nabors (@amykiane)

    Great thoughts. I also think the older we get the more willing we are to own up to our mistakes and admit how broken we are.

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  9. Julie

    I love this, especially where you say "the older they get the more they recognize how many times they've fallen short." Sometimes wisdom and years translates to knowledge and pride and I love the comparison you make.

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