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5. A Greater Commitment

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In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has begun to set right some common misunderstandings about one’s ability to please God. He does so with a series of six “contests” in which he states a popular teaching and then corrects it with one even more stringent. In his second and third contests, Jesus tackles the sensitive area of adultery (forbidden by the seventh commandment) and divorce, and correctly interprets the Old Testament to make it more stringent in these areas. How do you define “adultery”? Webster’s definition differs from Jesus’ definition. According to Jesus, a lingering, desirous look constitutes adultery. Statistics indicate that as many as 50% of us will fail by Webster’s definition (shared by the Pharisees); experience indicates that 100% of us will fail by Jesus’ definition.


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