Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Porn an Old Issue Study in Matthew 5:27-32

For the next few weeks (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), I am going to present a small class Bible study looking over Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 

Study

Today’s study can make some people uncomfortable so look at it and answer the questions with respect. Remember these are Jesus’ principle for those who choose to follow in his kingdom, they are for self-examination not for judging other people (Jesus will talk about that later).

QUESTION: Do you think God cares about how and why you look at someone?

QUESTION: Is pornography only a modern problem?

Yes, the Internet has made porn more accessible but looking at people with lust has been around since the fall of man. In the Old Testament, God gave strict guidelines for sex, but Jesus takes those ideas and goes to the root of the problem not just the actions but the thoughts.

READ: Matthew 5: 27-30
“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So, if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, 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. And if your hand—even your stronger 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 be thrown into hell.
“You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.’ But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.

Note: Though Jesus is speaking to men what he is saying is true for men and women. We need to look at another person as a person, not something to satisfy our own desires.

QUESTION: Jesus’ used hyperbole (exaggerated statements not meant to be taken literally.) what was it? And why do you think he used it?

In Jesus day, men could divorce their wives for any reason. Considering what Jesus just said about looking at someone to satisfy yourself, what do you think Jesus thinks about getting a new wife/husband just to satisfy your own desires?

ACTION: Jesus made it clear we need to avoid things that cause us to sin. Is there anything in your life you need to get read of (movies, the Internet, binoculars)?  Only you personally can answer this question.

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