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Who Threw The First Stone?

Rev. Dr. Peter D. Matthews


For centuries Jewish Rabbis, Kabbalists, and a few restricted theologians and philosophers around the world have truly been able to understand the teachings of Jesus. Why is that? Simply because most people are not taught the true nature of Jesus, and the real teaching behind his messages. With twenty-five years of study under my belt, and numerous diplomas and degrees, I have decided over the coming years to unravel these mysteries for you, starting with ‘Who Threw the First Stone?’ from John 8:1-8 as follows:

1Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

4“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6They 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. 7They 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!” 8Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.[1]

So Jesus said to the Pharisees, “let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” The words “never sinned” are translated from the Greek word “ἀναμάρτητος” taken from the root Greek word ἄλφα (alpha), from alpha and omega, speaking as a title of Jesus Christ and God in the Book of Revelation. It does not invite others to throw a stone as most Pastors have taught throughout the centuries.

The word “stone” is a genitive singular usage of “λίθον” meaning “a stone”, which has been used metaphorically as Christ in the bible, but not on this occasion. We need to understand while reading the New Testament that Jesus was not a Pharisee, as can be seen by them trying to bait him, neither was he a Sadducee. Jesus criticized the Sadducees as lovers of banquets, burdening men but doing nothing themselves, and people who not practice what they preach.[2] Of Pharisees, Jesus called them hypocrites, blind fools, snakes, and sons of vipers.

Why? Because Jesus was not a Pharisee nor a Sadducees; He was a Jewish Essene, whose teachings existed in various extant books of Scripture, that for one reason or another, never made it into the bible because of the Catholic Church, and/or certain Jewish rabbis who tried to prevent such documents ever reaching the hands of Christians, failing a few groups of Essenes who preserved them in caves, like the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls. There were also a number of families of Master Kabbalists who preserved and taught Kabbalah from the Zohar throughout Europe, before the Catholic Church gathered them up, had them flogged, and burned all their books by order of the Pope under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1559. If the Catholic Church had not burned much of this literature, we would not be so ignorant of the meaning behind these Scriptures today.

The word “stone” Jesus is talking about here is “a stone” of far greater significance than a mere stone, especially when looking through the eyes of a Jewish Essene Master Kabbalist who was trained in all of the Essene teachings from birth. Jesus was brought up in the Nazarene Essene community or sect as it was called in the Book of Acts, hence the reason he was called a “Nazarene” – an Essene. When the Apostle Paul was arrested in Acts 24:5, he was accused of being a “ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes”, which referred to Jesus of the Nazarene Essene sect.

Now, let us read what Psalm 104:1-5 says about creation, where God is cited as dressed in a robe of light according to Essene Kabbalistic tradition:

Let all that I am praise the LORD.

O LORD my God, how great you are!

You are robed with honor and majesty.

2You are dressed in a robe of light.

You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;

3you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds.

You make the clouds your chariot;

you ride upon the wings of the wind.

4The winds are your messengers;

flames of fire are your servants.a

5You placed the world on its foundation

so it would never be moved.[3]

The Zohar describes God as “He enwrapped himself in a wrapping of radiance, supernatural light, creating the heavens”.[4] Then in Psalm 48:1-3 we find Mount Zion, or Jerusalem, is the holy mountain of God in creation, which in the Hebrew it speaks of the secret northern recesses if we take it from the original meaning of “tsāphôn”.

How great is the LORD,

how deserving of praise,

in the city of our God,

which sits on his holy mountain!

2It is high and magnificent;

the whole earth rejoices to see it!

Mount Zion, the holy mountain,a

is the city of the great King!

3God himself is in Jerusalem’s towers,

revealing himself as its defender.

According to the Zohar, when God created the world, He threw “one stone” from under His throne and sank it into the abyss (darkness before light). They say that one head of this stone is in the abyss and the other is the Supreme head, high above everything else in creation, in the middle of the world as we know it. The middle point of this stone is called “The Drinking Stone” upon which the world was formed – in the secret northern recesses of Zion (Jerusalem).

There is a much deeper discussion I could have regarding this stone, but I will merely say: Jesus was not calling for those without sin to stone the sinner; He was teaching the Pharisees one of the Zohar’s finest parables of ‘Who Threw the First Stone’ in creation. “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”[5] The Zohar states that “The enlightened will shine like the Zohar (Book of Radiance), radiance of the sky, these are pillars and sockets of that pavilion”. Basically, unless they shine, they cannot contemplate the radiance of the pavilion. Jesus directed a blow against the scheming Pharisees and Sadducees who were only interested in strife – they could not contemplate the radiance of the pavilion (Shekhinah), and therefore, nor the needs of the poor (Psalm 41:2).[6]


© 2019 inclusive Rev Dr Peter D Matthews. All rights reserved. This paper may be freely used for academic purposes or for the pulpit, subject to citing Rev Dr Peter D Matthews as the author. Keep abreast of my website at, or you can like my Facebook page for updated material. My academic profile is also available on and Google Scholar.

[1] John 1:1-8, New Living Translation.

[2] Matthew 23:1-12.

[3] Psalm 104:1-5, New Living Translation.

[4] Matt, Daniel (2002-2014), The Zohar, Pritzker Edition, Stanford University Press, Sections 1:16(a) in Vol 1, p117.

[5] Matthew 11:15 New Living Translation.

[6] Matt, Daniel (2002-2014), The Zohar, Pritzker Edition, Stanford University Press, Sections 1:16(a) in Vol 1, p117.

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