Did Jesus Upgrade the Law of Moses Morally? Part 3 | Little Lessons with David Servant


Is lust as evil as adultery? Hi, welcome to another edition of Little Lessons,
a special Burma edition of Little Lessons. I’m at a house of some very poor folks in
Burma who have opened their house to a little girl who was living in an orphanage that Heaven’s
Family have been involved with for many years, but we’re now involved with trying to reintegrate
children back with their families, because so many children in orphanages around the
world, they’re not orphans at all. They have living parents, but if they can’t
go back to their parents because there’s some problem in the family or something wrong with
the parents, we try to get them back with close relatives who love the Lord. We’re at a house right now of a relative of
a little girl who has been reintegrated, and she and her grandfather actually being interviewed
right now to make sure everything’s going good. I’m just kind of sitting on their little back
porch here. There’s their water source, a pump that, that’s
where everything happens right there as far as washing and bathing and drinking and so
forth. All right, a little background. We’re going to keep on looking at some things
that Jesus said in Matthew chapter five. There in the Sermon on the Mount, you know,
he’s got six statements where he said, “You have heard it was said,” or, “You have heard
the ancients were told, but I say to you.” You know, some folks skim over the surface
of that and come to the conclusion that Jesus was altering the law, but as you look at it
a little more closely, you see that he’s not altering the law, he’s bringing back his disciples
to the standards that were always there in the law and in the original intent of the
law of Moses, and our question today about lust and adultery revolves around that very
thing. Is lust as bad as adultery? Well, some folks say it is, because they read
from Matthew chapter five where Jesus said, “You have heard it was said do not commit
adultery, but I say to you whoever looks at a woman to lust for has already committed
adultery in his heart.” Again, Jesus didn’t say that lusting is just
as bad as adultery, but he’s pointing out something here that is really the original
intent of the law of Moses. God didn’t mean, the law of Moses, when he
said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” He didn’t mean, and forgive me for saying this,
He didn’t only mean, “Just make sure you don’t penetrate someone of the opposite sex with
your sexual organ men, or vice versa women, but anything right up until that point is
okay.” That’s not what He meant, we all know that. Being involved in sexual activity with a member
of the opposite sex to whom you are not committed in a covenant of marriage is wrong. All right? Anyone who has the crazy idea that it would
be okay to go right up to the point of intercourse and actually not technically commit adultery,
but that would be okay, is fooling themselves. Right? Right. Jesus is just taking it all the way to its
logical end. Adultery always begins with the thought of
adultery, the desire of what we term lust. He wants us to cut that off, cut adultery
off at its source. He wants us purged of all sexual immorality,
not just including the actual act of intercourse, but everything that leads up to that. Any kind of sexual activity with a member
of the opposite sex to whom you are not married, all the way back to the very source of when
the thought enters the mind, the lustful thought that if you yield to that, that it leads on
to worse things. Is lust as evil as adultery? No, no, of course not. Jesus is giving this warning to prevent adultery
by cutting it off in its very early stages of lust. That’s the kind of purity that he expected,
not just under the law of Christ, but of course under the law of Moses. We’re fooling ourselves here if we say, “Well,
this is a new standard.” Oh, come on. This is not a new standard. This is implied in thou shall not commit adultery. Don’t get anywhere close to even the beginnings
of what leads to adultery. Job had that figured out. I don’t know the exact verse. I think it’s Job 31, I think it’s verse 31
of chapter [inaudible 00:04:41] but I’m not sure about this, but he said, “I made a covenant
with my eyes that I will not look upon a virgin.” What’s he talking about there? I have made a decision I’m not going to be
mentally undressing the young women that I see. Goodness, the Ten Commandments. Don’t covet, one of the things that God says,
don’t covet your neighbor’s wife. What’s that all about? That’s thoughts. That’s desires. That’s in your heart. That’s in your mind. Why might you be coveting your neighbor’s
wife? Well, come on, it’s pretty obvious. Lust is forbidden. This is not something new under the new covenant,
it’s under the old covenant. That theme keeps on going as we read all of
Jesus’, “You have heard it was said but I say to you,” statements, it becomes very clear,
not a new standard. Standard can be found in the law of Moses. All right, so Jesus gives some very practical
advice about what to do to obey him in this. He says, “If your right eye cause you to stumble,
cut it out.” Better to enter into Heaven missing an eye
than be cast into Hell with both eyes. If your right hand cause you to stumble, cut
it off. Better to go to Heaven missing a hand than
go to Hell with both hands. He’s not literally saying, of course we know
this, to pluck out your eye, cut off your hand. What he is saying is that, lust is a damnable
sin. The guy who’s full of lust and always lusting,
maybe not acting on that lust and actually raping people or getting involved in adultery
or fornication, still guilty of immorality and it’s a damning sin. What to do about it? Get rid of what it is that’s causing you to
stumble. Obviously, your eye can’t literally cause
you to stumble, neither can your hand, and so we’re not literally cutting those things
out, but there are things that can cause us to stumble. Get rid of those things. If it’s a place where you drive by every day
and you see something that would cause you to stumble, stop driving by that way. If it’s a TV show that you watch and that
cause you to stumble, stop watching that TV show. You might want to just stop watching TV altogether. Okay? Here I am in Burma, and I travel an awful
lot. I spend a lot of time in hotels. I just have made a covenant with myself, I
don’t turn on the TV. Why? Because I’m by myself, got the channel flipper,
I might be looking for something totally legitimate but see something that’s not legitimate and
then be tempted. I cut it off, you know, not going to turn
it on, not going to allow myself to be tempted in that regard, following Jesus’ instructions
to help me avoid lust or immorality. Okay? All right. That’s today’s Little Lesson. Thank you so much for joining me. God bless you.

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