The Truth About Stoning


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Hey what’s up guys?

You know Stoning is a pretty misunderstood topic.

Most people probably assume as soon as someone did something wrong people would bend down and grab the closest rock and go to town on the person until they were dead.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth though.

The truth is, there were rules that were followed in regards to hearing cases, passing judgment, and carrying out penalties including stoning someone to death.

We’ll get into all that later, but first I want to touch on some of the verses that show that stoning a person to death was something commanded by YHWH and not just a barbaric practice.

Let’s look at Exodus 19:12-13



Now let’s jump to Leviticus 20:2



And finally, Leviticus 24:14-16



In each one of these verses we just read, YHWH is the one commanding death by stoning.

It was YHWH who created capital punishment, not man.



As far as stoning goes, there were only certain crimes or sins that warranted stoning someone to death.

Here is a list of all the sins that were punishable by death.







If a person was found guilty of any of these sins they were to be put to death and stoning was the method most often used.

Like I said earlier though, a person could not just pick up rocks and start throwing them at someone!

There was a court system in place and rules that had to be followed



So on top of these three things,

the witnesses who testified against a person were required to cast the first stones,

if the guilty person was still alive after that,

then and only then could the other people at the city gate pick up stones and throw them at the guilty person.

We see this in Deuteronomy 17:7



There were even rules concerning bearing false witness in a case.


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After looking at all this information, we can start to paint a more accurate picture about what stoning was really like in the Ancient Near East.

Here is one last piece of information though.



Now we should be able to see that stoning was not a case of random people picking up rocks and killing someone when they did something wrong.

There were rules in place that had to be followed.

There had to be no less than two witnesses.

There had to be a trial held for the witnesses to be heard.

No partiality was to be shown to the accused or accuser, whether they were a native born or a foreigner living in the land.

If you gave false testimony you were given the same punishment as the falsely accused, which would have been death.

If someone was found guilty then and only then could the two witnesses cast the first stones. After that other people would cast stones until the guilty person was dead.

So, we can see that the idea that many people have about stoning is just not correct.

That’s why many people like to ask if we stone our kids when they learn we follow Torah.

The answer is NO!

We’re not under a biblical form of government so we can’t just go out in the back yard and stone our kids.  If we did we would actually be breaking Torah.

And that’s the same situation Y’shua was in in the story of the adulterous woman.

Some people believe this story is an example of Y’shua showing that he came to bring grace and love and that the old law no longer applies.

Let’s read this story and then we’ll break it apart to see exactly what is really going on.





Unless we understand the Torah and the instructions concerning adultery and stoning, it does seem like Y’shua is replacing the Torah with a more loving way.  There is a major clue in this story, though, that lets us know that things are not exactly the way they appear.

Verse 6 says



They were trying to trap him…so what exactly does that mean?

In order to have the full picture, we have to go back to the Torah to see exactly what the instructions were for stoning someone for committing adultery.



So we can see that BOTH the man and woman have to be put to death.

And based on everything we’ve covered already about trials, witnesses, and the process that had to take place before someone could be stoned…

Hopefully, things should be more clear now.

Now we can start to see exactly how they were trying to trap Y’shua.

Where was the man at?

Where were the two witnesses?

Why was this not taken to the judges to be heard?

If Yeshua had cast that first stone, or even if he had given them the OK to stone her, then he would have been violating Torah.

That’s how they were trying to trap him.

But, He didn’t fall for it.

Instead, he did like he always did when people tried to trap him…he turned things around on them by saying…



After he said that, one by one they all left.

By not stoning the woman, he was actually upholding the Torah, not going against it!

Think about this…

If Yeshua broke Torah then that disqualifies him from being the spotless lamb and his death means nothing.


We hope this teaching has been a blessing and remember…


Who Are You Calling A Liar?


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Do you do nice things for your spouse to get them to love you, or do you do nice things for your spouse because you love them?


This question should set the tone for this entire resource.



Amos 3:7

“Surely Yahweh will do nothing unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.”



Do you believe this verse is true?


If you don’t, then you don’t believe in the Bible.


If you do, please find a verse from any of the prophets where it states that the law will no longer need to be followed.


Y’shua said in Matthew 5:18 and Luke 16:17 that no part of the law would be done away with until heaven and earth disappear.


Are heaven and earth still here?  Is Y’shua a liar?


If you believe that we are on earth (and we are) and you believe that the law is done away with or no longer required, then you’re calling Y’shua a liar!



John 1:14

“The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”



Do you believe this verse is true?


If you do, then you have to realize that when John wrote this, the only Word they had is what is known as the Old Testament today. This would have included the “LAW” that many believe is done away with or no longer needed. If you honestly believe that, then we have to also assume that since Y’shua is that Word (or Law) made flesh, then you, by default are claiming that Y’shua is done away with and no longer needed.

Revelation 12:17 and 14:12 both mention that believers will be keeping God’s commandments, also known as “the Law,” and will have the testimony of Y’shua.


Are we supposed to believe that John is lying, or that Y’shua was showing John this vision as a joke and really it’s the people who are not keeping God’s law that the dragon wages war with?


Here’s what Y’shua says he’ll say to people who don’t keep the law but think they’ll make it into the Kingdom.



“Then I will announce to them, I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!”

Matthew 7:23



Maybe Y’shua is lying here again, and he really meant to say, “Then I will announce to them, I never knew you! But come on in any way, you lawbreakers!”  NO!


The idea that there is one set of rules for Jews, who have to follow the law, and another set for everyone else, who say the law is not for them, is crazy and doesn’t line up with scripture at all.  There aren’t any books in the Bible that are just for the Jews and books just for Christians.  It’s ONE book and the whole book from Genesis to Revelation is for ALL believers.  That’s the point Paul is trying to get across in most of his letters.  There is no Jew or Christian, there’s one new man according to Galatians 3:28.  And if you think Paul was preaching against the law, then you also have to believe that he had at least two personalities because for every verse where Paul seems to be speaking against us keeping the law, there are multiple verses that show him keeping it and teaching others to do the same (Acts 24:14, Acts 18:21, Romans 2:12-13, Romans 7:7, Romans 3:31, and Romans 7:12 just to name a few).


Please, Please, Please, study these things for yourself, with an open mind and make sure that what you’ve been taught is really the truth. This isn’t trivial stuff here. This is eternity. If the people who say the law is not for us today are right and the people who follow the law are wrong, those of us who keep the law have nothing to lose, but if we really believe the words of our Savior and keeping the law is as important as Y’shua says it is, then those people who keep the law are still okay, but the people who believe it was done away will have a very real chance of hearing Y’shua tell them, “I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!”


Let us make something clear here.  We don’t follow the Torah for our salvation, we follow it because of our salvation. Exactly the same way that you do nice things for your spouse because you love them…not to gain their love!


We also can’t love YHWH any way we see fit. If we did that with our own spouses, it wouldn’t work out very well. It’s also very selfish to not want to take the time to learn how our spouses want to be loved and love them that way. It’s the same with YHWH. The Torah tells us how YHWH wants us to love Him, how He wants us to Worship Him and how He will bless us when we do things the way He wants us to and curse us when we don’t ( that’s Deuteronomy 11:26; 30:19). Without the Torah, we have no way of knowing how YHWH wants to be loved. We wish we had a set of instructions from our spouses outlining exactly what they like and don’t like and how they want to be loved and honored.  How awesome would that be? Well, guess what?  The Torah is that list, from YHWH to us and we can be sure that His list doesn’t change over time because He Changes Not (Malachi 3:6). He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).


The Torah is much more than that…it’s not just the law or the instructions on exactly how YHWH wants to be loved and honored and worshiped. It’s a marriage contract. It’s the terms of the covenant that we must agree to for Him to be our God and us to be His people.


Even the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31 says He’s going to put His LAW in our hearts…not make His law of no effect or do away with it. It makes no sense at all that He would do away with his instructions for how we are to live a righteous life in His eyes. Without the law, we would not know what sin is (Romans 7:7). Sin is the transgression of the law (1John 3:4). To say that the law is done away with would mean that there is longer sin in the world, and we know that today sin abounds.

And please don’t use the excuse that the ‘ceremonial’ laws are the ones that were done away with, but the moral laws still apply.  If you believe that’s true, then please find a scripture that makes a difference between the two.  The truth is there’s not one in the entire Bible, so that raise an entirely new question…Who decides what is moral and what is ceremonial?  Do you, your pastor, brother, sister, mom, dad?  No matter who it is…it’s something that is being added to the Bible, which we are told not to do in Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32 and Proverbs 30:6.


In closing, we can sum up everything we’ve said with one verse.



Ecclesiastes 12:13

When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear YHWH and keep His commands (law) because this is for all humanity. (Emphasis mine)



Stay thirsty for the pure milk of the Word.