Blessed are the pure-hearts, for they shall see God

Russell Minick

{Matthew 5:8 seems to be explained in Matthew 5:27-37}

5:27-30 = Adultery is a heart issue (desire over vows)

  1. “No adultery” is a pretty basic law.
  2. Wishing you could, even though you don’t, is a muddled heart.
  3. If  body parts were the issue, removing them would seem worth it.
  4. Gehenna was a valley south of Jerusalem
    1. where children had been offered through fire to demonic deities in ancient times…
    2. where trash, including discarded corpses of animals and even rebels and criminals, were disposed of through ongoing fire…

5:31,32 = A “good divorce” is like a “good amputation” (lawyered vows)

  1. “Allowed?” is one question; “Best?”is another question.
  2.  Desire-vow-divorce-desire-vow-divorce… Heart issue?

5:33-37 = How can I get people to trust me?  (hyped vows)

  1. Hyping yourself to be trusted is the rebellious creation’s way (evil).
  2. Having a track record of yes=yes & no=no is the Creators way (integrity).

Summary:

  • Desires without boundaries darken and destroy
  • Integrity from the heart clarifies and edifies

The intersection of desires and responsibilities is the point of problem.  Just letting ourselves pursue what ever we notice as “desireable” leads to all sorts of damage.  We often agree that there should be some sort of covenant/agreement to protect our exchanges of “desiring” one another.  Marriage laws are not sufficient to protect people from hurting one another.

Marriage vows, which are far more generous than laws, express more of what is actually needed for marriages to be a place where desires for one another lead to mutual good, instead of mutual grief.  At best, debating the legalities of marriage and divorce, in a civil or scriptural sense, gives us rights to demand.  Righteousness is so much more than that.  Righteousness is about the law of love, which is self-sacrificing rather than self-preserving.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

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