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Extract (Matt 5:27)

…Adultery’s not just sleeping with the neighbours wife, its thinking about what she’s like in bed

 

 

Thoughts

Ok, this is pretty heavy stuff for first thing in the morning isn’t it? But then, Jesus wasn’t one for tip-toeing around awkward bits of scripture. He didn’t think – ‘oh, i’d tell them this another time, don’t want to cause a fuss.’

It wasn’t all a popularity contest for him, what mattered most to him was (and still is) us, he cared enough to say it as it is – and if anyone down the line ever had the authority to say something, the son of God has to come in pole position for me.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for truth with love. Corinth 13 Paul talks about truth being a waste of time without it. We see when the pharisees try and corner Jesus with what to do about ‘the woman caught in adultery’. The law said stone her, he said – first ‘Alright then, whoever thinks he’s Mr. Perfect – throw it.’

But right now Jesus is focusing on the 10 commandments and what it really means to keep them. First we had murder – no problem for the vast majority of people, but don’t get angry? That’s a whole different kettle of fish.

 

So numero two…(there’s nothing like some span-glish is there?)

‘…Adultery’s not just sleeping with the neighbours wife, its thinking about what she’s like in bed.’

The first part – adultery. Can and will probably continue to be a temptation for guys in the church. Has and will continue to destroy people’s lives and cut off people’s trust…

a) in relationships

and

b) in a God that is for us.

Its an area where Satan knows he can tempt us to do some real damage.  Its so big infact, as adament Jesus was about Divorce being a black and white no go area, if adultery comes into the equation – Divorce becomes a viable option. God knows what its like for us to cheat on him, continuously with other Gods (I’m not talking about God catching us have a starbucks with buddha here) he knows how it feels – it hurts.

But Jesus goes a step further to really make us think about how we keep rule number 7…and so with this in mind, short answer, if i’m honest with myself is I don’t. And to put ‘adultery’ and ‘perhaps letting your eyes linger on someone a little longer than you know you should’ even in the same ball park is really challenging and uncomfortable. David’s on a rooftop enjoying the view (maybe even with a glass of merlot?) but then he lets himself enjoy the view a little too much. And we all know what happens next; things spiral out of control – and from that, he finds himself braking half the rules all at once.

This is something as guys, as supposed men of God who have wifes, fiances and girlfriends (not all at once) – we need to get passionate about sorting. Why? Because we have a responsibility to our women and to God. If you’re reading this and you feel uncomfortable – good, (I’m glad i’m not the only one). But then, if you’re reading this and you know in your heart you’re sorted, that rule number 7 is a piece of cake; then good for you…even better.

Over and out; A Gassing Hariy Welshman

What’s your thoughts?

 

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Intro

So, this is an intro to a series on Matthew I’m gonna be starting. I say a series – its basically gonna be extracts of Matthew that I’m gonna post up here and then maybe comment on too.

Just to give you a heads up – the version I’m gonna be putting up is my ‘modern re-working’ of Matthew. A creative adaptation, not an actual Translation. This first extract is loosley based on Matt 4:18, looking at Jesus’ disciples…but with a bit of help from what we know elsewhere about Jesus team. First extract – check it out;

Extract 

Jesus picks his team. He’s a rabbi, so who’s gonna be his apprentices? The one’s fresh out of bible college? Not quite – a few fishermen and a couple of tax collectors.

Thoughts

I have big respect for people who’ve done the theology degree thing, so this is not me slating them – it just shows Jesus isn’t all about picking the best of the best…he goes against the norm…he picks the ordinary, you and me. This encourages me, cos it just goes to show that Jesus isn’t the football team captain picking all the best players first, he’s not about the standards we put on our selves to be ‘good enough’. Truth is, none of us are ‘good enough’ but in him and through his grace, we’re all ‘good enough’. Make sense?

Question

If Jesus was picking the first members of his team round 2000 years later, what sort would be in it?

My thoughts…a couple of shelf stackers and a car clamper.

What you think?