Adultery (Matthew 5:27-32)

Sermon on the Mount Adultery Matthew 5:27-32

Matthew 5:27-32

I. The Old Testament (Matthew 5:27)

    A. Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39:8-9)
    B. The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:14)
    C. The punishment (Deuteronomy 22:22; cf. John 8:3-11)

II. The root cause of adultery: lust (Matthew 5:28)

    A. “Jesus goes behind the act and legislates against the thoughts which precede the act” (Boles)
    B. We must control our desires and even our thoughts (2 Cor. 10:4-6)
    C. We must be careful not to be a stumbling block for others (Romans 14:13)

III. Avoid sin at all costs! (Matthew 5:29-30)

    A. The result of sin is devastating (Isaiah 59:2; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
    B. We must not put ourselves in compromising situations (1 Corinthians 15:33; Genesis 39:12; 2 Timothy 2:22)

IV. Divorce (Matthew 5:31-32)

    A. What the Old Testament says (Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Malachi 2:16)
    B. What Jesus says (Matthew 19:4-9)
    C. God allows divorce and subsequent marriage only when the divorce is sought because of adultery (Matthew 19:9)

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