From Pastor Perry

Matthew 5:31–32 (ESV)

Divorce

31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

 

Jesus was teaching about adultery and lust in yesterday’s reading.  Today, he speaks to us about divorce.  Today, people get divorce for just about any reason they choose.  It is sad how divorce has permeated into the church today.  About 50% of marriages end in divorce… whether Christians or unbelievers.  Today, people want to test drive a marriage by living together before they get married.  Some have no desire to make any marriage commitment.  Yet the bible speaks against premarital sex.  In the book of Hebrews, we read: 13:4 “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”  We also see Jesus that remarrying someone else is committing adultery. 

 

I pray: O Lord, I know the world is turning away from Your ways, and we especially see this in Your gift of marriage.  Help me to keep my eyes focused on you, and to fight for my marriage instead of fighting against it.  Bless my marriage.   Amen.

Matthew 5:27–30 (ESV)

Lust

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

 

Jesus is turning up the heat on the Sixth Commandment: Thou shall not commit adultery.  I have heard a lot of funny interpretations of this, and just shake my head.  One person said this only applies to married people, so he can have all the sex he wants since he is not married.  Ha… wrong!  Jesus not only turns up the heat, but basically condemns all red-blooded men in this world.  Forget about adultery, he says “everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”  I have laughed at this because I know where my mind is going everytime the old Baywatch show came on.  I could never find the remote fast enough to change channels.  What we do see is how serious Jesus takes sexual sins.  It is a hell or heaven issue.  We are saved by faith, but if you have issues in this area… stop it!

 

I pray: O Lord, I repent of my sins and want to do better.  Sexual sins have taken down many great people and many in the Bible… including King David.  Help me to keep my eyes focused on you.  Amen.

Matthew 5:21–26 (ESV)

Anger

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

 

 

Jesus is teaching about the Ten Commandments and he takes it to a whole new level.  He says “You shall not murder”,  but digs deeper into it’s meaning and include anger and how you treat others.  “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”  When it comes to murder, most of the people can say “Well, I have never murdered anyone.”  This excludes them from this Commandment.   Jesus is saying to them… not so fast!  By including “anger” to the equation, now everyone is included.  Everyone has been angry with someone at some point.  When Jesus says “everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment”, he uses the word “adelphos” which means neighbor(s) or brother(s).  Jesus tells us to “First be reconciled to your brother.”  At this… we all need to repent and to seek reconciliation with our brother.  This is serious and our salvation is in jeopardy and says you “will be liable to the hell of fire.”

 

I pray: O Lord, I repent of this commandment and want to be reconciled.  With you and whoever I have offended or mistreated.  Forgive me and reconcile me.  Take me back to the cross where Jesus died for all my sins and let me joyfully be reminded of his forgiveness of my sins.  Amen. 

Matthew 5:17–20 (ESV)

Christ Came to Fulfill the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

It is interesting when I talk with unbelievers or people who know very little about the Bible, they quickly show fault with Christians by bringing up the law.  They see us as hypocrites… which we are in one way.  Their confusion is in thinking we are saved by the law or our own personal righteousness.  They have missed the whole point of Jesus life, death, and resurrection which frees us from the law.  He lived it perfectly and substituted his perfect life for our sin stained life.  He trades us his perfect life and took ours to the cross.  Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but to full the law. 

 

 

The Lutheran Study Bible states: “The scribes and Pharisees read and study the Law and the Prophets. They accept the fact that “Scripture cannot be broken” (Jn 10:35), but they do not believe that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Scriptures (cf Jn 5:39). They seek to achieve righteousness by keeping the Law, for which they have a high regard. But Jesus goes on to point out just how defective their righteousness really is (vv 21–48). “Christ takes the Law into His hands and explains it spiritually” (FC SD V 10). When judged by the true intent of God’s Law, our righteousness is likewise defective. Only in Christ do we have true righteousness.

 

 

I pray:  Jesus, when I read and study the Scriptures, help me to see my sin and to see You, my Savior. Amen.

 

 

Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 1587). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.

Matthew 5:13–16 (ESV)

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

  

Words without deeds are like salt that has become useless or like a light put under a basket. The words we speak in praise of our heavenly Father need the support of our deeds. Jesus wants us to witness by both words and deeds, even as God bears witness that He is our Father when He calls us His children.

 

 

I pray:  Lord Jesus, help me to be good salt and a shining light wherever I am. Amen.

 

 

Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 1586). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.

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