Adultery and Divorce
“Old habits die hard.” How often have these words rung true in our ears—for better and for worse? The same might well have been said of the Jews of Jesus’ day when he told them, “You have heard it said, but I say unto you...” This week, as we conclude our time in the Sermon on the Mount, may we have ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts that are open to Jesus’ words on adultery and divorce, recorded in Matthew 5:27-32. This week (like all other weeks) we’re faced with the question: How will I respond to the simple words of Jesus? Will it be like a lawyer, like a politician, like a philosopher, like a talk show host? My prayer for our congregation, as we quiet ourselves and lend our ears to what Jesus has to say, is that we would respond as disciples and children—zealous and hungry for His kingdom and righteousness with simple faith and trust.