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June 6, 2007 / Daniel

The Kingdom and lust

This might be one of the most challenging passages in the Sermon on the Mount.  Lust can be such a devastating force in the life of a Christian man.  Our culture is just obsessed with sex.  And Jesus in his wisdom dealt with the issue when presenting his kingdom agenda. 

 27“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, 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. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, 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.

 Once again it’s important to notice that Jesus raised the standard of covenant behavior (i.e. righteousness).  The Pharisees made the Torah to be just about adultery.  Jesus says the intent of the Torah was to deal with all illegitimate sexual desire.  Lust is any sexual desire that is not focused on one’s spouse.  

Now some folks could just use the excuse, “My eyes made me do it.  It’s just a natural thing that happened.”  Jesus responses, “Oh yeah, those eyes could send you to hell.”  It’s better to cut out your eyes than to go to hell.    Now of course, this is a masterful overstatement.   It focuses the issue back to the heart.  Someone could take out their eyes and still be consumed with lust.  The real problem is that the King doesn’t reign over your heart.     



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  1. Dennis / Jun 6 2007 5:42 pm

    Hey Daniel,

    Hope all is well with you.

    Great post and something that I believe all married men have struggled with.

    The way I understand it, Marriage is a Sacrament which means that it’s a visible sign of an invisible grace. What’s visible is the love between the man and the woman. What’s invisible is the love between God and you. The love between a husband and wife should mirror the love between you and God and if your eye wanders and looks at other women, that would be akin to taking your eyes off of God and looking at other “things.” (Money, sports, etc.)

    Moreover, as you point out, Jesus is talking covenantally. The relationship between Him and us is a covenant bond just as the relationship between a husband and wife is a covenant bond.

    Regarding the cutting your eyes out, that’s tough but I believe it relates to the fact that we must be perfect in order to enter heaven. If we are not perfect (as our heavenly Father is perfect), we cannot see God.

    Anyhow, great thoughts. Hope all is well with you.

  2. fiester25 / Jun 6 2007 11:46 pm


    Always good to hear from you. Good thoughts on marriage as a sacrament. That’s something that us protestants don’t think about too much. Marriage indeed is a means of grace that God uses to make us more like Christ.

    It should added that a lot of single men struggle with it too.

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