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|NASB||Matthew 5:28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.|
|Matthew 5:28 but I say to you that everyone who [so much as] looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.|
We see the distinction between Moses and Jesus, but isn't Jesus expressing the OT teaching found in ...
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: (Pro 23:7a KJVR)
and also Jesus is making the transition to ...
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
(Jer 31:33 KJVR)
Any comments and verses on this subject are appreciated. God bless you all.
Bible Answer: Dear Thomas8,
I think that what we have here is that Jesus clarifies the scope of the law to include the alliliations of the heart.
When we look at the Ten Commandments we see ten things we are not supposed to be doing in obedience to God as if they are bad actions to take. Jesus goes a step beyond and tells us that sin is a matter of the intentions of the heart, and by attrition, God will not just judge our actions, but our hearts and minds. We tend to think of sin in terms of actions taken, as I say again, but we don't understand where sin begins, in an inside rebellion against God by placing something else inside where God shoud be.
I like Romans 1:18-32 a lot because it shows where all depravity begins, in setting up something to revere above God, anything we place above God and following God cause us to be given over to a depraved mind to sin, any kind of sin, not just gross sexual sin, but any sin is the action of depravity, and it starts in the heart and in the head doesn't it?
I like your transition of covenants, I think this is a correct view of the situation.
Jesus is about to go to Jerusalem in a few years and switch up covenants on us, He will replace and old one with a new one and also enhance and old one, the covenant of faith. No longer will any have to keep struggling with law to become righteous the righteous will have the law writen in their inward parts, in their hearts to do it.
God's Day To You, Tamara
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