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Foundations For Our Future #64

Foundations for Our Future (64)

by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler

The Lord Jesus has given us a picture of what he is calling us to be as his disciples. He has painted the picture clearly in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:12). Then he has taught us that we are called to a very public life as the salt (5:13) and light (5:14) to the world. Individually and corporately the church is to be visible in a dark world. We are to preserve and illuminate, to season and show the way. Next he made plain that the Word of God is central to disciples. It will not pass away. It is to guide and shape us. (5:17) Finally, he has profoundly challenged us to live together in harmony because we are brothers and sisters in one family. (5:21) Broken relationships among believers are not acceptable.

Today Jesus addresses adultery. The breaking of the sacred bond between a man and a woman in Holy Matrimony. (Matthew 5:27) This truth, the holy nature of marriage between one man and one woman for life, was revealed to Israel by Moses long ago. (Exodus 20:14) It is part of the binding moral covenant that is to shape the life of man and woman and, when it is God’s will, for the giving and raising of children. It is the divine crucible for learning to live a life of love, mercy, and righteousness. It is the basic building block of all civilization, and the greatest of gifts to God’s people. Without faithful marriages the church of Jesus Christ suffers grievously.