biblestudy: Matthew (Part 25)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 16-Jun-82; Sermon #BS-MA25; 77 minutes
Matthew 18 provides instructions on how to get along in the church. Jesus teaches a parable contrasting the enormity of what we are forgiven to what we forgive others. Our forgiveness by God is directly connected with our forgiveness of our brother; blessed is the merciful for they will obtain mercy. The Creator's life is worth more than the entire creation; offenses against us are a mere drop in the bucket compared to our sins against God. Gentile women became proselytes to Judaism because of the better treatment of women in the Bible as opposed to their treatment in Gentile religion. Sadly there was a wide variance between the ideal and the practice since the Jewish culture of that time also considered the woman a possession of her husband or father with no legal rights except those granted to her by her husband. Religious leaders, influenced by Hillel's liberal approach to divorce could grant divorces for trivial reasons. Jesus explained the original intent of marriage with Adam and Eve, who were explicitly designed for one another with no competition. Moses, because of the hardness of peoples' hearts, allowed for a bill of divorcement as a temporary concession to their unconverted heart and mind, in order to prevent wholesale adultery. Uncleanness of heart is really the only real grounds for divorce, usually preceded by the unconverted mate leaving. In the case of desertion by the other mate, the converted person is free to marry. The ideal God intended in marriage can only be attained by those with God's spirit, with Christ living in them. Jesus admonishes us that we should emulate certain qualities of innocence and trust displayed by children as we become mature adults.
Beyond Jordan Bill of divorcement Colossians 2:6 ,11 Deuteronomy 22; 24: 1-3 Destruction of our ego Divorce and remarriage Ecclesiastes 1: 8 'Eunuch' for the kingdom of God Eunuchs Eye not satisfied with seeing I Corinthians 7: Forgive three times Forgiveness Fornication Fraud Fullness of God's revelation Gentile attitude toward women Gerald Waterhouse Getting and grasping Giving to others Hillel's liberal approach to divorce Insults James 2:13 Jericho Jewish attitudes toward marriage and women Matthew 5:7; 6:14 Parable of the unforgiving servant Philippians 3:5-8 Playing games with God Preserving marriage Preserving society Rabbinic instruction Revelation 3:17 Riches encourage independence from God Rich young ruler 70 x 7 II Corinthians 6:14 Shamei's strict approach to divorce 10,000 talents (5 million dollars) 100 pence (50 dollars) Un-conversion of the other person Uncleanness of the heart Using the blessings to serve others Wealth breeds the desire for more wealth and riches Wealth shackles a person to earth Wealth turns persons thoughts inward
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