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MatthewTuesday, Dec 10, 2019

Matthew

Straying After your Eyes

The Torah warns us “not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot” (Numbers 15:39). Gazing on others with lust constitutes “following after your eyes.” Harboring immoral thoughts in the imagination constitutes “following after your own heart.” This is the adultery of the heart which Yeshua warned His disciples to avoid.

The Torah warns us “not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot” (Numbers 15:39). Gazing on others with lust constitutes “following after your eyes.” Harboring immoral thoughts in the imagination constitutes “following after your own heart.” This is the adultery of the heart which Yeshua warned His disciples to avoid.

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Adultery of the Heart

The Torah defines adultery as sexual relations with a betrothed or married woman. Yeshua broadened the scope to include any breach of monogamous fidelity on the basis of the Torah’s words, “a man shall be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). He taught that even impure thoughts can constitute adultery of the heart.


Avoiding the Debtor's Prison

If a creditor pressed the charge in a Gentile court of law, he could have the delinquent debtor thrown into a debtor’s prison where he would remain until his debt was paid down to the last cent. The incarcerated debtors often died in prison. The wise debtor wanted to negotiate a settlement with his creditor before the matter reached such a court.


Lost Sayings of Yeshua about Love and Hatred

The Torah says, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13), but the Master says that anger, hatred, insult, and public humiliation are tantamount to murder. Two forgotten sayings of Yeshua further illustrate his teaching. He warned His disciples that murder begins with anger in the heart.


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