马太福音5:27 你们听见有话说、『不可奸淫。』28 只是我告诉你们、凡看见妇女就动淫念的、这人心里已经与他犯奸淫了。29若是你的右眼叫你跌倒、就剜出来丢掉．宁可失去百体中的一体、不叫全身丢在地狱里。30若是右手叫你跌倒、就砍下来丢掉．宁可失去百体中的一体、不叫全身下入地狱。
Listen: Matthew 5:27-30: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery. 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
There is something so captivating about sexual sins that Jesus advises radical surgery to remove those temptations from us. I don’t think that he is advocating actual surgery, such as blinding ourselves. But certainly surgery of the sinful nature, the cutting off of our sinful flesh through daily repentance and renewal in our baptismal promises.
In other places of the Bible, Jesus encourages us to flee from sexual immorality. Joseph in Egypt is a good example. He did not hang around Potiphar’s wife, but avoided her and even fled from her presence when she tried to seduce him.
And here, Jesus even identifies the sin of the heart as something to repent of and flee from. Could he have been looking ahead to our culture, where provocative ads on television and shows and movies leave almost nothing to the imagination? How about what we can find on the internet? Would we be willing to cut ourselves off altogether for the sake of leaving our sinful desires behind?
Jesus makes a good point in these verses. When it comes to sin, whatever it takes to overcome it, do it. For Jesus’ sake, who bore our sin, we cannot tolerate any sin to take up the place that belongs to him in our hearts.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me eyes that do not wander and a heart that does not ponder on impure thoughts. We live in such a culture that sexual sins are paraded all around us. Daily renew us in your Word so that we have the strength to say not only “no” but “no way” to the sins of the flesh. In your name we pray this. Amen.
马太福音 5:31 又有话说、人若休妻、就当给他休书。只是我告诉你们、凡休妻的、若不是为淫乱的缘故、就是叫他作淫妇了．人若娶这被休的妇人、也是犯奸淫了。
Listen: Matthew 5:31-32: “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
It might surprise you to know that divorce was really quite common in Jesus’ day, even among the Pharisees. They justified their actions based on a passage in Deuteronomy, in which Moses said to the effect, “If you ARE going to divorce your wife, at least give her a certificate of divorce so she knows where she stand.” Jesus states what God’s intention for marriage has always been. One man, one woman, for life.
He does make an exception here: “except for sexual immorality.” Really the word should be translated more strongly. It’s describing what happens when a spouse cheats on the other and has sex with someone they are not married to. When that happens the offending spouse has really broken the marriage covenant. The wronged party would not be guilty for getting a divorce.
If you are divorced, these words may sting. If you are not, do not think you are better than others because we all sin in our marriages every day. In John 4, Jesus met a woman at the well who had been married five times and was living with someone without being married to them. He did not reject her. She called her to repentance and showed her that he was his Savior. She was so excited, she ran into town and told the people in that city that she had found the Messiah.
When it comes to marriage, the world will always set its standards pretty low. God’s Word shapes our attitudes about marriage, divorce and sexuality. Who better to instruct us than the one who stood at creation and made them males and female and brought together as one flesh?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, if I let the world shape my attitudes and influence my heart, I am surely lost altogether. Keep me from conforming to the ways of the world, but to be transformed in my heart and mind by the renewal I experience every day through your Word and by your Holy Spirit. Amen.