Jesus, uses hyperbole to first get our attention, and secondly to make us think, and thirdly to drive us into the study of His word to find meaning to what He says. For example: Matthew 18:9 If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell. Exaggeration?- Yes. But what is the point He is making? If we study scripture we will see that first Jesus teaches that there is a hell to be feared by man. Secondly we see that He and scripture agree that sin does defile or offend us personally, but more importantly it offends God, and we see that sin not dealt with has consequences.
The ultimate consequence will cause loss of life–eternal life, and result in destruction in hell. Jesus said Matthew 10:28 Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
We live in a day when men no longer fear God. They do not see themselves as needing redemption, they know better than God how they are to live and relate in this life. Jesus teaches that if they don’t accept scriptures warnings, they will face God’s destruction of body and soul in hell, at the second resurrection of the unrighteous dead. The greatest thing that you can do for those you love, and even for those you find hard to love is to point them to Jesus– the Word of God as He is found in the Scriptures. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Jesus placed greater importance on Spiritual food than on physical food– He taught them, then He fed them.
I have created this blog in order to offer you Spiritual food from our day where there seems to be little considered given to certain perspectives. Is my take concerning these subjects from scripture always 100% correct? I would doubt that, but if I drive even one soul to dig deeper into God’s word, I will have done what I am called to do.
Consider Jesus exaggeration in this parable. The eye nor the hand can be guilty of sin, it is us who are the guilty ones. We are the offenders, and unless we can die to self we will enter into Hell. Only in a commitment of our life to Christ can we escape this fate. He died to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.