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Keeping The Home, Home Sweet Home (6 of 23)
The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached
1. THE VIOLATION OF THE HOME
a) The Command for a Binding Promise
b) The Condemnation of a Broken Promise
2. THE IMAGINATION OF THE HEART
a) A Lustful Look
b) A Sinful Look
3. THE ELIMINATION OF THE HABITS
a) Realize the Power of Temptation
b) Remove the Potential for Temptation
Last week we saw that beginning in verse 20 we have a new section of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus stated that the righteousness of those who are citizens of the kingdom should exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees. Then He gave five examples of how that righteousness should exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees. In these five examples Jesus addresses a wide array of subjects. Jesus goes straight for the heart for the heart is the issue of all that He deals with.
A fellow came out of the service one day and said to the pastor, "You really stepped on my toes today." The preacher said, "I'm sorry, I was not aiming at your toes. I was aiming at your heart." In this section Jesus was aiming for the heart.
In the first example we saw that he dealt with broken relationships between two brothers. In the second and third example He dealt with broken relationships between husbands and wives. In the second example He addressed the subject of adultery and in the third He dealt with divorce which is often the result of adultery.
Today I want us to look at the second example. Now I am very much aware that the subject of adultery is not your typical Sunday morning subject. However, if Jesus thought it important to address the subject, I should address it as well. And, if Jesus thought that those listening needed to hear what He had to say, it is important for us to listen to what He said.
Let's began by first noticing from His words:
1. THE VIOLATION OF THE HOME
In verse 27 Jesus said, "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery." The first example that we considered last week was built around the sixth commandment which states, "Thou shalt not kill." The second example is built around the seventh commandment which states, "Thou shalt not commit adultery."
Behind the seventh commandment and the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount we have:
A) The Command for a Binding Promise
In Genesis 2:18, "And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." As a result, God created woman and brought man and woman together creating the wonderful institution of marriage. At the beginning God designed and declared marriage to be a loving and faithful relationship between husband and wife. The Bible says in Genesis 2:24, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Marriage involves a leaving and a cleaving.
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