I want to share with you something I think many people missed. In my county some citizens are pushing for the implementation of hudud an archaic form of Mosaic law which promotes the severing of limbs and blinding a person if certain crimes are committed.
Today we have Christians also promoting that the Law be kept and that we keep the standards Jesus set at the sermon on the Mount.
Let’s look at this.
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
You should also read this.
30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
So, it is a simple problem. Cut the hand and blind the eye.
Except this. Scripture must be read in its context. Let’s look at the preceding verse to these verses.
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery. ’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Jesus says, if your hand causes you to sin, cut it. If your eye, pluck it out.
Here’s the point. Where did he say adultery is committed? Some of you may say “it’s the eye”.
Good guess but Jesus said, the adultery is committed in the heart. So if your hand causes you to sin, cut the hand. If your eye, pluck it out.
What do you do when it is your heart that sins?
Cut it out.
Unless and until you are ready to have that done, then by all means, keep the standards of the Sermon on the Mount.
There is an alternative to this. That is to believe what Jesus did for you. At the cross he cut out your heart for you.
11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ,
So it’s up to you, cut your own heart out or believe in the finished work, where your heart of stone had been cut out and replaced by a heart full of love.
5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Holy Spirit in our hearts. The righteousness that surpasses that of the Pharisees.