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Get rid of it! | Matthew 5:29-30

29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand 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 hell.

Matthew 5:29-30 (ESV)

Sin in the heart

Yesterday Jesus told us that sin is not just in our actions but ultimately comes from the heart. Now He addresses how to deal with the source of sin.

Get rid of it

After reading this passage we should all (because we all sin by giving into temptation) go and have our eye and hand removed. I’ve already made my Dr. appointment for the eye. I figure I would do the eye first. Then I wouldn’t see the point of doing the hand also. 🙂

No way! Did his disciples lust? Yes. Did they go pluck out their eyes and cut off their hands? No. But that doesn’t mean Jesus’ words were only hyperbole without any substance. Rather, Jesus was teaching that sin is in the heart. Now He’s teaching that we need to get rid of the source of sin. Pluck out our heart? No. But deal with the sin in our heart. See yesterday’s RЯeflection.

Bible interpretation

A word on Bible interpretation. Bible study 101 tells us to use common sense. If a literal interpretation of a passage makes sense, then go with it. A Bible teacher of mine used the expression, “If the plain sense makes perfect sense, seek no other sense.”  “Mutilation will not serve the purpose; it may prevent the outward act, but it will not extinguish desire.” (Bruce, quoted by enduringword.com)

Why the hyperbole then? To draw attention to the seriousness of sin and the degree to which we need to deal with it. When Jesus said this, it probably had some shock factor. The response would have been the same questions we have when reading it…which should cause us to think more deeply about what Jesus is saying. 

This is a serious matter. We need to be willing to sacrifice in order to be a follower of Christ. Jesus said, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)

RЯeflection

  • What is the sin you are dealing with? What has the Spirit been prompting you about? The outward expression will, with thoughtful consideration and prayer, lead to a heart issue, an idol of the heart or a stronghold. See yesterday’s RЯeflection.
  • Be sure to use proper Bible study technique when studying the Bible. Many have gone astray by not doing so.
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