“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
If you hate someone, you’ve as good as broken the 6th commandment: “You shall not murder.” So we discovered in the last post.
Now Jesus looks at the 7th commandment: “You shall not commit adultery.”
And once again, He strikes at the root of the law.
It’s not just the physical act of adultery that God condemns. It’s the thoughts, the desires, the lust that precede the action – even if the action never happens. Continue reading
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.
Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.
Matthew 5:21-26, NKJV
It’s easy to point fingers at the “big sins.” Murderers, rapists, robbers, scandalous tax collectors – they’re all the bad guys who deserve God’s wrath.
But what’s this that Jesus is saying?
Yes, murder is bad. And whoever murders will face judgment.
But guess what? Being angry at someone for no reason is right up there with murder! Continue reading
A few months back, I wrote a post on what the Gospel is not.
Now I want to focus on what the Gospel is.
When Jesus was here, what did He preach? When He spoke of a Kingdom of Heaven, what did He mean?
In an effort to answer these questions, I will be doing a series of blog posts on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew.
Before we begin, let’s first try to take off our religious glasses and preconceptions and try to focus only on what Jesus actually did and said. Because if we’re Christians (Christ-followers), then we need to know how to follow Christ: what that means, and what that looks like. Continue reading
Imagine you find yourself standing in front of a thousand doors. You are given the freedom to open any one of those doors and walk through it.
Not only that, but you are also given the ability to foresee what will happen if you walk through your chosen door.
As you stand before these thousand doors, one door seems to stand out more than the rest. So you take advantage of your future-seeing abilities, and look ahead to what will happen.