Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Sermon on the Mount, Part XII of XL


TEXT: Continuing with Matthew 5:
30. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

COMMENTARY: This is simply a restatement: Spirituality is more important, valuable, and precious than a hand!

31. "It was also said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.'

COMMENTARY: Marriage, in ancient cultures, was designed solely for the convenience of men. A good Jewish man could divorce his wife if he did not like his soup, or if he saw a more attractive woman, simply by giving her a written document of divorce. Women were, predictably, regularly abused, ruined, raped, beaten, and abandoned by worthless and selfcentered men.

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