It’s Monday evening and time for Don’s continuing series on the Sermon on the Mount.

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

“We continue our quest to explore what I have been calling the Eternal Torah.  In this post, will begin to take a closer look at what Yeshua himself says about the second and third of six important topics contained in the Torah ~ adultery and divorce.

Do Not Commit Adultery

“You have heard that our fathers were told: ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that a man who even looks at a woman with the purpose of lusting after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

The Torah is crystal clear:  “Do not commit adultery” (Sh’mot 20:14).  So serious a view did the Jewish teachers take of adultery that the guilty parties were stoned to death (Vayikra 20:10).  Once again, Yeshua states that not only the forbidden action, but also the forbidden thought is guilty in the sight of God.  Remember President Carter’s admission of lusting in his heart?Yeshua affirmed God’s law of purity, and then explained that the intent of this law was to reveal the sanctity of sex and the sinfulness of the human heart.  God created and protects sex.  He has the authority to regulate it and to punish those who rebel against His laws.  He does not regulate sex because He wants to rob us, but rather, because He wants to bless us.  Whenever God says, “No” it is that He might later say, “Yes.”

Sexual impurity begins in the desires of the heart.  The desire and the deed are not identical, but spiritually speaking they are equivalent.  The “look” that Yeshua mentioned was not a casual glance, but a constant stare with the purpose of lusting.  It is possible for a man to glance at a beautiful woman and know that she is beautiful, but not lust after her.  There is an extremely fine line, however, between admiring God’s creative beauty and lusting in your heart.  The man Yeshua described looked at the woman for the purpose of feeding his inner sensual appetites as a substitute for the act.  It was not accidental; it was planned… the rest of the post here: The Eternal Torah ~ Part 5