BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 6, Day 4: Matthew 5:27-32; Mark 10:1-12

Summary of passages:  Matthew 5:27-32:  Jesus says do not commit adultery and this includes anyone who looks at another lustfully is adultery in your heart.  If what causes you to sin is your eye or your hand, then get rid of it for it is better for you to lose one part of your body than your whole self to hell.

Jesus says except for marital unfaithfulness, you commit adultery when you divorce or marry someone who has been divorced.

Mark 10: 1-12:  Jesus answers the question is divorce lawful.  In the Old Testament, Moses permitted a man to divorce a woman.  Jesus said this was only because your hearts were hard. God intended for man and woman to be united in one flesh and to not have man separate what God has put together.

Jesus continues by saying if you divorce, then you are committing adultery against that person.

Questions:

9)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Pray.  Remove yourself from the situation where the impure thoughts happen like a work environment or what have you.  Read the Bible.  Quote scripture. Purposely replace those thoughts with quotes from the Bible.  Use God’s word as a shield against the devil and the thoughts he puts in your head.  Read another book or do a different activity to occupy the mind until the thoughts stop.

10)  Personal Question.  My answer:  1 Corinthians 10:13:  “…God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you  are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up against it.

Matthew 26:41:  “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Galatians 5:16:  “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

Psalm 119:11:  “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

11a)  Marital unfaithfulness.  Mark adds because man’s hearts were hard.

b)  Essentially, that God never intended for divorce to exist.  That divorce is man’s institution and a supposed way around God’s law.  God made man and woman to be together and once together to join as one and to never be parted.

Conclusions:  I love how we are digesting Jesus’ teachings in little chunks and then looking in the Bible elsewhere for supporting themes.  Great study of the Bible and how to apply it in our daily lives.  Thank you BSF!

We are given the Deuteronomy verse here because this is the law the Pharisees had been using to justify divorce.  The problem was the word “Displeases” or “indecent” or “uncleanness” was ill-defined and subjective at best.  In Moses’ time, it was understood to mean unfaithful but by Roman times, it had been interpreted as any old excuse.   Hence, Jesus here clarifies it unequivocally by defining it as “marital unfaithfulness.”

Many of us fall into sin because of the situation around us.  It’s why your parents didn’t want you hanging out with kids who were bad influences because then you’d be more likely to sin because of it.  Good call by BSF to highlight that fact.  For it is up to us (especially as adults) to insulate ourselves if you will from sin by turning our backs on situations where we know we will be more likely to sin.

If you are an alcoholic, avoid places that serve alcohol.  If you are tempted to drugs, find different friends.  If you are attracted to someone you shouldn’t be, don’t be around that person.  For God always provides a way out.  Just many of us don’t chose it.

End Notes:  Again, Jesus is applying adultery to the heart, not merely to the actions.  You sin when you have lustful thoughts not just when you act on that lust.  They are not the same, but they are both sin.  You can extrapolate this to anything else you covet as well as evinced by the Ten Commandments and outlawed.

We are in charge of our thoughts and we must gain control if we are to win against the devil.  You must be willing to sacrifice in order to be more like Jesus.  And no one said it was easy.

2 Corinthians 10:5:  “…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

God does not recognize divorce.  It is an institution of man, not of God.  Hence, if you divorce and marry again, you are committing adultery because you are still married to your first spouse in God’s eyes.

It was commonplace for Romans to marry and then sleep around with others.  Extramarital affairs was not condoned  and divorce was rampant.  Hence, it was (and still is) very important for people to hear these words from Jesus to know the Truth when they were surrounded by society’s lies.

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