Amputate the Instrument of Lust
Matthew 5:27-30
In calling us to war against lust, Jesus calls us to ponder the eternal danger of Hell.
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Published November 23rd, 2015
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Matthew 5:27-30
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h “You have heard that it was said, i ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
But I say to you that j everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent
...if anyone look at a woman with lustful intent
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
then he has already commited adultery...
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k If your right eye l causes you to sin,
tear it out
and throw it away.
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For it is better that you lose one of your members
than that your whole body be thrown into m hell.
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k And if your right hand l 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 m hell.
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You must fight violently against lust.
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1446326761301 Arc 1447785140 1447954522 editing NT 40 5 27 5 30 Matthew 5:27-30 esv mine h “You have heard that it was said, i ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ i1 But I say to you that j everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent ...if anyone look at a woman with lustful intent i2 has already committed adultery with her in his heart. then he has already commited adultery... i23 i32 conditional 2 i22 situationresponse 2 k If your right eye l causes you to sin, i3 tear it out i7 and throw it away. i14 i24 series i25 conditional 2 For it is better that you lose one of your members i8 than that your whole body be thrown into m hell. i37 i38 alternative i27 ground 1 k And if your right hand l causes you to sin, i4 cut it off i11 and throw it away. i12 i29 series i30 conditional 2 For it is better that you lose one of your members i13 than that your whole body go into m hell. i35 i36 alternative i28 ground 1 i20 series i21 inference 2 You must fight violently against lust. 1 1 1 1 esv 247 mine 247 a 240 discourse 11447785140651
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What would motivate a man to chop off his own arm? Canyoneer Aron Ralston faced such a dilemma when his arm became pinned by a rock in a canyon. Ralston was faced with a choice: he could save his arm and die, or he could cut it off and live. When faced with life or death, the choice becomes much easier to make. Ralston chose life, sacrificing his arm in the process. This is the exact kind of attitude Jesus calls his followers to take regarding lust. If our eye or our hand cause us to sin sexually, we must rid ourselves of it. We must take extreme measures to avoid lust gaining the upper hand over us. Self-amputation is preferable to continuing in the sin of lust. This sounds insane in our day. Twenty-first century American culture is rife with sexual imagery, from advertising to entertainment. Pornography use is common, and is becoming more of a promoted practice not only for singles, but also for couples. With sexual lust so woven into the fabric of our culture, how can we say that it warrants such a radical response? Jesus gives us a radically different view. His audience was well acquainted with the commandment of God against committing adultery. They knew the act of having sex with someone other than your spouse was forbidden. Externally, many could boast of their righteousness in this area. Many of us can as well. But Jesus is not concerned with merely external obedience. Outward conformity allows us to see ourselves as righteous, but Jesus is more concerned with our hearts and what is happening there. And so Jesus shows his followers and us the deeper issue. The eighth commandment is not merely about the act of adultery, but about the adultery of the heart. King David’s sin with Bathsheba didn’t begin when he slept with her, but when he saw her and wanted her. You may ask, “But does the sin of lust really require such drastic measures?” Such a question, though, doesn’t regard sin’s consequences highly enough. After calling us to radical amputation, he lets us know what is on the line. “For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” Jesus tells us this twice. Not warring against sinful lust will lead to Hell. This does not mean that our salvation rests on our conquering lust. We are saved by faith in Jesus who died for sins and was raised to give us new life. But that salvation leads us to fight against our sin. As John Piper says, “Jesus said, if you don’t fight lust, you won’t go to heaven. Not that saints always succeed. The issue is that we resolve to fight, not that we succeed flawlessly.” If we truly believe in Jesus, then we will make war against sin. We will not allow it to reign in our lives. We will strive to obey this command. Jesus’ words here call us to reject the view of lust that it is a household pet. It is not harmless. It is the boulder pinning our arm, and we are Aron Ralston faced with the choice: will we lose our arm to live? Questions for reflection: What situations tempt you towards lust? How can you go about removing those sources of temptations from your life?
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1446326761301 Article 1447775403 1447954753 What would motivate a man to chop off his own arm? Canyoneer Aron Ralston faced such a dilemma when his arm became pinned by a rock in a canyon. Ralston was faced with a choice: he could save his arm and die, or he could cut it off and live. When faced with life or death, the choice becomes much easier to make. Ralston chose life, sacrificing his arm in the process. This is the exact kind of attitude Jesus calls his followers to take regarding lust. If our eye or our hand cause us to sin sexually, we must rid ourselves of it. We must take extreme measures to avoid lust gaining the upper hand over us. Self-amputation is preferable to continuing in the sin of lust. This sounds insane in our day. Twenty-first century American culture is rife with sexual imagery, from advertising to entertainment. Pornography use is common, and is becoming more of a promoted practice not only for singles, but also for couples. With sexual lust so woven into the fabric of our culture, how can we say that it warrants such a radical response? Jesus gives us a radically different view. His audience was well acquainted with the commandment of God against committing adultery. They knew the act of having sex with someone other than your spouse was forbidden. Externally, many could boast of their righteousness in this area. Many of us can as well. But Jesus is not concerned with merely external obedience. Outward conformity allows us to see ourselves as righteous, but Jesus is more concerned with our hearts and what is happening there. And so Jesus shows his followers and us the deeper issue. The eighth commandment is not merely about the act of adultery, but about the adultery of the heart. King David’s sin with Bathsheba didn’t begin when he slept with her, but when he saw her and wanted her. You may ask, “But does the sin of lust really require such drastic measures?” Such a question, though, doesn’t regard sin’s consequences highly enough. After calling us to radical amputation, he lets us know what is on the line. “For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” Jesus tells us this twice. Not warring against sinful lust will lead to Hell. This does not mean that our salvation rests on our conquering lust. We are saved by faith in Jesus who died for sins and was raised to give us new life. But that salvation leads us to fight against our sin. As John Piper says, “Jesus said, if you don’t fight lust, you won’t go to heaven. Not that saints always succeed. The issue is that we resolve to fight, not that we succeed flawlessly.” If we truly believe in Jesus, then we will make war against sin. We will not allow it to reign in our lives. We will strive to obey this command. Jesus’ words here call us to reject the view of lust that it is a household pet. It is not harmless. It is the boulder pinning our arm, and we are Aron Ralston faced with the choice: will we lose our arm to live? Questions for reflection: What situations tempt you towards lust? How can you go about removing those sources of temptations from your life? notes 11447775404033
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