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Matthew 5:29-30

Sin - It's not a Laughing Matter!

30 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. 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it 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.


It appears that sin is funny, if we can believe what TV talk show hosts tell us. They have the talent for turning nearly every sinful situation imaginable into a joke, especially situations of sexual misconduct. Most of the world agrees with them. We always laugh, even though we know it is wrong. Perhaps we laugh because they tend to minimize the seriousness of our own sins. That is why they are so popular.

Jesus, however, did not take sin lightly. His intent is to emphasize the seriousness of sin, to make us understand that sin destroys and that it destroys completely. It is a cancer that can enter any member of the body and spread until it consumes even the very soul of a man. It is not something to laugh at or to be used in jokes so as to cause others to take it lightly. Nor does pointing and giggling at another's sins serve as any form of protection. The truth is that this only makes us more vulnerable to the temptation of sin.

Jesus said, "..if thy right eye offend thee (or: cause thee to sin) , pluck it out!" He didn't mean this literally. He has nothing to gain, and neither do you, by the plucking out of your right eye. Eyes do not sin, nor cause us to sin. We sin because of what is in our hearts. The metaphor is used to make us realize the seriousness of the offense.

We all suffer from the lust of the eye. (1 John 2:16). We see a pretty woman or a handsome man and our heart and mind begin to fantasize and to desire what we see. Or, a nice new car is parked in the driveway next door and we begin to covet it. Perhaps there is no action taken to fulfill our desires, but there is lust or covetousness in the heart, and it is a sin as serious as adultery or theft. The penalty for adultery was death by stoning. Sin is no laughing matter.

In the second metaphor Jesus used the right hand as the cause of sin. The right hand is representative of our actions. Taking action to achieve satisfaction of our sinful desires is the visible part of sin.

Cancer is usually cured by the removal of the cancerous tumor or the infected organ. Sin infects the very nature of man and in order to rid one's self of sin it is necessary that this sinful nature die. It must be surrendered over to Jesus. In Luke 9:24 and again in 17:33, Jesus states that anyone who tries to save his life would lose it, but whoever would lose his life for Jesus' sake, will save it.

And Paul wrote, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20). "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." (Galatians 5:24)

If your right eye, your righthand, or your very nature causes you to sin, it must be gotten rid of before it destroys you. That is not a funny matter.

Before The Throne:

Only Jesus can take away your sins. If you have not been crucified with Christ, surrender yourself to Him right now. Receive Him as your Lord and Savior, and God will take you into His household as His own child. Pray for those people who think that sin is a laughing matter. Ask God to open their eyes to the seriousness of what they are doing.

For Further Study:

(v.29)
** if. Matt 18:8-9; Mark 9:43-48; ** pluck. Matt 19:12; Rom 6:6; Rom 8:13; 1Cor 9:27; Gal 5:24; Col 3:5; 1Pet 4:1-3; ** for. Matt 16:26; Prov 5:8-14; Mark 8:36; Luke 9:24-25;

(v.30) ** offend. Matt 11:6; Matt 13:21; Matt 16:23; Matt 18:6-7; Matt 26:31; Luke 17:2; Rom 9:33; Rom 14:20-21; 1Cor 8:13; Gal 5:11; 1Pet 2:8; ** cast. Matt 22:13; Matt 25:20; Luke 12:5;

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