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Matthew #2509

 Did you know that Christ was divorced?

If you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and teach the Word of God, then you better have your heart set in the right place and possess those Beatitudes Christ outlined in the first part of the 5th chapter of Matthew. Do you remember what Christ told His disciples, which means He told you if you are a student of His Word (remember "disciple" means "learner" or one who is disciplined in the Word), in Matthew 5:20? "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."

Understand that there is one thing our Father greatly detests and that is someone who leads His children astray from His Word, which is what Satan did to a third of God's children (Rev. 12:4) in "the world that then was" (2 Pet. 3:6) and for which he received the death sentence to perish by fire (Ezek. 28:18), in the lake of fire. Make no mistake about it, teaching God's Word, or should we say pretending to be a teacher of God's Word, is a very serious matter, even a life and death matter concerning the very souls of our brothers and sisters, i.e. their eternal salvation.

You "see", Christianity is not a religion nor a church system of ritual worship and ceremonies where you are supposed to do this good work and perform that good deed to be in good standing and then told that those things are pleasing to God and accounted as righteousness. Have you not read what Christ said concerning those who call themselves Christians and who say "Lord, Lord" and have done "good works", how that they shall not all enter into the kingdom of heaven? Matthew 7:21 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

We will cover this in more detail a few chapters hence in Mat. 7:21-29, because just like the scribes and Pharisees, many preachers and ministers have their people follow after a whole bunch of do's and don'ts, traditions of men, which they impose on the people as religious duty. Meanwhile, though most teach that one should not murder, nor commit adultery, nor tell lies, etc., they themselves are a bunch of spiritual murderers, spiritual whoremongers, adulterers, and false witnesses to the truth of God's Word. True, some are themselves sorely deceived by the traditions of men. Nevertheless, the problem is they have so spiritually "seduced the woman"(church) that she thinks she is espoused to the Lord Jesus Christ, but the reality is that there is another Jesus to whom she is awaiting to wed. That one is the false messiah who comes first (2 Thes. 2) at the sound of the 6th trump and takes the first woman in the field, who is symbolic of the apostate churches!

Let us now resume our study in chapter 5 of Matthew where Christ continues with His instruction to His disciples-soon-to-be-teachers who have gone up on the mount to hear His voice.

Matthew 5:27
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
Remember what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 5:18? "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." That means it is still NOT OK to commit adultery. However, keep in mind throughout this chapter that Christ is teaching His disciples who would go forth and teach others, and to that end He is addressing the righteousness, doing that which is right, of the disciples verses that of the scribes and Pharisees. In other words, He is teaching concerning the heart of a disciple and teacher of God's Word.
[28] But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Unfortunately, this verse has long been misunderstood and so inappropriately used by "those to whom it actually applies" to lay a guilt trip on men who see one of God's beautiful curvy creatures pass by! It's as if some don't know that God made women to be attractive to men and vice versa? To wit, the admiration of God's beautiful creation including members of the opposite sex is NOT a sin and this verse comes nowhere near declaring it to be so! So do not confuse the natural "desire" of a young person, for instance, to want to be with a member of the opposite sex as "covetous", which is what the words "lust after" mean.

You "see", to fully understand the depth of the spiritual adultery in one's heart that Christ is talking about in this verse one must first understand the true meaning of the original Greek words translated into English as "looketh" and "lust". Then one must understand that Christ did not take the commandment "Thou shalt not commit adultery", which applies to both men and women alike, and make it gender specific to a male looking upon a female. The words Christ used were "whosoever" (ho #3558, including the feminine he, hay; and the neuter to, to; in all their inflections) and "woman" (gune, specially a wife). In other words, the "woman" is His woman, one who belongs to Christ, i.e. a Christian man or woman.

Spiritually speaking throughout the entire Bible, "adultery" is constantly used to symbolize idolatry/apostasy and the "woman" is constantly used to represent true Israel and the church. So, just as Christ was talking about the spiritual death of our "brothers" of the House of Israel in raising the spiritual level of our understanding concerning the Law of Murder which we covered in our last study, He now does the same with the Law of Adultery concerning "apostatizing the church"! Again, there is no gender intended in this anymore than there is in the circumcision today, which is now not of the flesh but of the hearts of both men and women alike (Col. 2:11).

Let us now look at the Greek words for "looketh" and "lust".

looketh = G991 blepo˘  blep'-o
A primary verb; to look at (literally or figuratively):—behold, beware, lie, look (on, to), perceive, regard, see, sight, take heed. Compare G3700.
The word "blepo" is often translated "take heed" because it means to give full regard and pay close attention to something, as if to "focus" on it. In other words, it is not to casually look at something, but rather to "take heed" to it, to diligently "keep looking" (see note on Mat. 5:28 in the Companion Bible)!
lust = G1937 epithumeo˘ ep-ee-thoo-meh'-o
From G1909 and G2372; to set the heart upon, that is, long for (rightfully or otherwise):—covet, desire, would fain, lust (after).
Again, we are to understand this from the perspective of being a true disciple of Christ and teaching His Word to our brothers and sisters, which is the overall subject of what Christ is teaching His disciples here in Matthew 5. If your heart's desire is to find a way, to "look upon" to make a "woman" your own, i.e. to seduce her into being "your own" instead of Christ's, then you are an adulterer, a false teacher, and your righteousness does not exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, for that's exactly what they are!

And so quite frankly, though many might disagree, what Christ is talking about is not that of a man having a momentary "sexy" thought pop through his head when a drop dead gorgeous blond passes by. It is to purposely, looking upon looking (blepo), "set your heart upon" seducing a "woman", which is analogous to what we call "putting the make on her"! Therefore, just as it is NOT OK to put the make on everything that passes by, it is also NOT OK to put the make on Christians for covetous reasons, to make them your own, to bring them into your own little church instead of espousing them to Christ.

The apostle's Paul and Peter both understood this well and because it is so important that we understand the significance of spiritual adultery/apostasy, let us "see" what they have to say.

Here's what Paul says to the "woman":

2 Cor. 11:2-4
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Do you understand that when you lead someone to Jesus Christ and teach them the truth of His Word, you are espousing them to Him, and rightfully so for they belong to Him. However, Satan, through his ministers who appear as "angels (ministers) of light", will come and try to spiritually seduce them, to look upon them with covetous desire, just like Satan, that old serpent, did when he took Eve's virginity from her in the garden.
[3] But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Jesus Christ said in Mat. 24, Mark 13, and Like 21, that in the last days, many shall come in His name and deceive (seduce) many for they have eyes full of adultery (idolatry)! 2 Peter 2:14 "Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children."

They are here now, so watch out Christian!

[4] For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Did you know there was another Jesus? Of course there is and his name is the Instead-of-Jesus, Satan, who will come to earth as the spurious messiah, before the real Jesus returns.

The many seducers who come in Christ's name "desire occasion" to "glory" as servants of God, i.e. set themselves up to be something they are not! Paul taught the truth of God's Word boldly and straight on, with NO AGENDA (such as money or glory) other than espousing the woman to Christ. Paul "cut off" those false apostles which desire occasion!

2 Cor. 11:12-15
But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.

[13] For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

They are a bunch of pretenders and whoremongers who appear to be Christian ministers. Take heed that no man deceive you!
false apostles = G5570 pseudapostolos  psyoo-dap-os'-tol-os
From G5571 and G652; a spurious apostle, that is, pretended preacher:— false teacher.

transforming = G3345 metasche˘matizo˘ met-askh-ay-mat-id'-zo
From G3326 and a derivative of G4976; to transfigure or disguise; figuratively to apply (by accommodation):—transfer, transform (self).

[14] And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

[15] Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Woe unto them!

Now here is Peter who not only speaks of those who have adultery in their eyes and hearts concerning the woman, but he exposes what their number one "lust" is! If you have eyes to see, you will NOT be surprised at all!

2 Peter 2:11-15
Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

[12] But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

While pretending to be angels of light, false preachers speak evil of the truth, which they understand not, and they also speak evil of those who teach the truth. Don't worry, it is written, they shall receive their just recompense according to their works.
[13] And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot [lust] in the daytime. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
Don't give false preachers occasion to seduce our brothers and sisters! Cut them off with the sword of the Lord, the sword of truth, which is the straight on teaching of the Word of God!
[14] Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
To beguile is to "entrap" and "entice", i.e. into one's own spiritual bed for covetous (lustful) reasons... like that of Balaam (next verse)!
[15] Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
Balaam preached for MONEY! Would preachers do that TODAY? Hah! Many preachers today look upon the woman (the charch) to lust after her, to seduce her, to entice her into his or her own Beth-aven for the same reason as Balaam. With eyes full of adultery and lust they beguile souls to exercise their covetous practice of Balaam which it to get those dollars rollin' in so they can "take em" and "Bail-em"!

Well, that ought to about do it and at the same time make me popular with preachers!

Matthew 5:29
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Christ admonishes His disciples to pluck out, hew down, and cast aside anything that might "give occasion" to "offend", which means to scandalize, to entice to apostatize, either you or the body of Christ. In other words, just as Paul "cut of occasion" to any thing or any body who might find occasion, you do likewise when you see any false "doctrines" or deceitful "workers" that might cause members of the body of Christ to "stumble and fall" in the apostasy. You nip it or them in the bud and you get rid of whatever "offends" for both your sake and for the sake of the body of Christ, for it applies to each.
offend = #4624 skandalizo˘ skan-dal-id'-zo
To "scandalize"; from G4625; to entrap, that is, trip up (figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure):—(make to) offend.
[30] And if thy right hand offend thee, cut if off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
"Your right hand" is figurative language for doing work much as we say today "he or she is his right hand man", i.e. a worker. And so it is that anyone who does the bidding and supports or aids Satan's "musterion" works of iniquity in bringing forth the great apostasy, that person has his mark in his or her right hand, i.e. they are his "right hand man".
Matthew 5:31
It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
First of all, divorce is not a sin! Neither is divorce for a cause other than that which is sanctioned by the Word of God unforgivable upon repentance.In fact, did you know that Christ was divorced? That's right! He divorced His woman (Israel), and put her away because she committed adultery, which we have already noted means she committed "idolatry"!
Jeremiah 3:8
And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Divorce is part of God's law and we even see from Jeremiah 3:8 that Christ Himself was divorced from adulterous Israel. So... obviously it is no sin if one gives a bill of divorcement for the cause of adultery, is it? For then would Christ be a sinner! Why then would you look down upon a brother or sister is divorced? If you do, then you have done what Christ talked about under the Law of Murder and you have "put your brother down (Raca)" without a cause! Be mature in the Word of God and know that there is no commandment that says, thou shalt not divorce an adulterous wife. And even if that brother or sister was divorced for a cause other than adultery and has repented and been forgiven by Christ, how is it that you are above Christ and cannot forgive. Where is it written that divorce is an unforgivable sin? It is NOT written anywhere!

Now to the spiritual teaching of Yeshua:

Matthew 5:32
But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
If you as a teacher of God's Word estrange yourself from someone because you don't like him or her or because you were offended or for any other unjustified and unsanctioned cause, other than that person is a "fornicator", an unrepentant "porneo", then you could very well be the cause of that person turning from the truth and committing adultery. Do you want to be held accountable for that? Furthermore, anyone (whosoever) who spiritually marries and jumps in bed with one who is a divorced "porneo" commits adultery! That should be a no-brainer if one understands what the cause of "fornication" is!
fornication = #G4202 porneia por-ni'-ah
From G4203; harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively idolatry:— fornication.
"Porneia" comes from the root word "pornos".
pornos = G4205 pornos por'-nos
From pernemi (to sell; akin to the base of G4097); a (male) prostitute (as venal), that is, (by analogy) a debauchee (libertine):—fornicator,  whoremonger.
You put away and cut off those seducers who are harlots, adulterers, male prostitutes (spiritual whoremongers), etc., and do not join together with them or you partake of the whoremongering! Is that too hard to understand? Surely not.
Matthew 5:33
Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
To "forswear" means to swear falsely or to make or take an oath under false pretenses. Again, the subject here in Matthew chapter 5 is the teaching and doing of God's Word as a "disciplined one" in His Word and as one who serves and represents Him. Now obviously one needs to maintain his or her credibility in all one's affairs and tell the truth at all times. However, when you represent someone else as His spokesmen you better be extremely careful not to say things to be true that you either know He didn't say or can't document that He said, i.e. that it is written. This is taken from the Law of Perjury and the Third Commandment.
Leviticus 19:12
And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
Look up the words "falsely" and "profane" in your Strong's Concordance and you will find that they mean "deceitfully" and "to pollute or prostitute" respectively! You better not be doing either when it comes to serving God and teaching His Word.

Here is the Third Commandment against doing just that!

Exodus 20:7
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.


(Editors Note: And you thought taking The Lord's name in vain meant don't swear as in using a curse word! I'll bet there was a day when you even got your mouth washed out with soap for cursing! And now you find out it means to tell a lie and say, "The Lord said this or that")

This is yet another example of how shallow the understanding is of those to whom this commandment most applies. You "see", most teach that this has to do with using "profanity" or "bar-room" language in which God's name or Christ's name is used. However, though that shows a lack of character and discipline to use such distasteful and disrespectful language, to take the name of the LORD in vain means much more than that. It is take on His name, as a Christian, even as a representative of His and to use it in a vain (empty) sense which we read of in Lev. 19:12! In other words, if you claim to be a Christian, especially a teacher or preacher of His Word, which means you take on His name as one who represents Him, and you teach "deceitfully", such as teaching the traditions of men's church systems, or you "pollute" the Word of God, then you indeed have violated the Third Commandment. And you know what else? MANY there be that do so in these last days for Jesus Christ Himself said it would be that way... and so it IS!
Matthew 24:4
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

[5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

These many so-called Christian preachers and teachers of God's Word do indeed take His name in vain for they make void the covenant of God, His Word.
Matthew 15:6
... Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

[9] Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

[8] This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

[9] But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Read the details of what God has to say to the false prophets of our people in the entire 13th chapter of Ezekiel which is addressed to them.
Ezekiel 13:1-2
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

[2] Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;

Friend, if you say out of your own mind, i.e. from your own thoughts and pre-conceived ideas, that what you are saying is the "word of the LORD", then you are in BIG TROUBLE with your Father! In other words, if you say the LORD told you this or that or that He said something which is not written, then God help you!
Ezekiel 13:7
Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?
They are LIARS that say God told them someone out there in TV land has a bad knee and God is healing it right now! They profane His name and pollute His Word. And for what? Well, you know...
Ezekiel 13:19
And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?
They are liars and spiritual adulterers, spiritual murderers, and perjurers.
[20] Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.
God did say He is against their cover-ups of His truth whereby they lie to our people and tell them they are going to "fly away" in some rapture of the church! That is NOT TRUE and 2 Thes. 2 documents without refute!

So be careful how you take the Lord's name and don't make oaths (swear) confirming the Word of God to our people by anything. I am is the LORD.

Christ explains:

Matthew 5:34
But I say unto you, Swear not at all;
You can NOT make anything come to pass on your own or by any other means!
[34... cont] neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:
God is in complete control of heaven.
[35] Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool:
God is in complete control of earth.
[35... cont] neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
God is in complete control of Jerusalem.
[36] Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
God is in complete control of you too! You "see", He can stop you in your tracks in less than a heartbeat! Your "credentials" of being some "Rev" or your position in the hierarchy of some church, etc., does not give you the authority to speak in His stead, i.e. teach other that which is written.

The sum of the matter is: "You cannot cause anything to come to pass by swearing by anything in heaven or earth." All things shall come to pass exactly as it is written, exactly as our Father says they will! So...

[37] But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Always maintain your personal credibility so that you don't have to confirm by some other means that what you say is true. Even more importantly, do your homework and let your teaching of God's Word be straight on as it is written so that it not be vain through the lies and traditions of men which profane and pollute the Word of God. In other words, let your teaching be black and white because either it is written in God's Word or it isn't. If you confirm (oath) your "logos", what you say and teach, by any other means, you have erred!
communication = logos, log'-os, Greek 3056; from Greek 3004 (lego); something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty or motive; by extension a computation; specially (with the art. in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ) :- account, cause, communication, Î concerning, doctrine, fame, Î have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say (-ing), shew, Î speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.
So how's your heart?  Are you into "religion" type churchianity, playing church like the scribes and Pharisees, or is your heart pure in dealing with your brothers and sisters? Are you a "seducer" or do you "cut off" that which offends? Examine what comes out of your heart for only the pure in heart shall be happy and blessed and shall "see" God. Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." The hypocrites who play church and mislead our people shall also receive their just reward, but there shall not be happiness but rather weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.

We conclude today's with the following words of Christ concerning religious hypocrisy:

Matthew 15:17
Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

[18] But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

[19] For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Isn't that amazing? These are the exact things Christ is teaching about to His disciples-soon-to-be teachers on the mount.
[20] These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
... to be continued.
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