$ut if your heart turns aay and you are not obedient, and if you are dran aay to bo don to other gods and orship them,
I declare to you this day that you ill certainly be destroyed. &ou ill not live long in the land you are crossing the 'ordan to enter and possess.
)his day I call the heavens and the earth as itnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. *o choose life, so that you and your children may live
and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he ill give you many years in the land he sore to give to your fathers, -braham, Isaac and 'acob.
When we choose whether or not to follow God it is serious business, we are literally choosing between life and death. &f we choose to follow God and to obey his commands God promises to gie us eternal life as well as blessings in this life. (ut a choice to follow other gods or a choice to turn away from God means that God will not bless us. The choice to turn away from God means that we will die.(ut following God is not an easy thing to do. Too many people hae coninced themseles that following God is something that can be done part-time or halfheartedly. &t can#t. As we#e been reading the Sermon on the %ount, we hae seen that 1esus was serious about God#s people walking the walk and actually liing like they belieed. (ut as we continue, 1esus raises the bar een further. As 1esus describes obedience, his followers, then and now, discoer that getting it right is going to be a lot harder than we thought. &n fact, in a world where the /harisees had built an entire system of rules and regulations around trying to be perfect, 1esus completely destroys the possibility of our achieing perfection. &n this teaching, 1esus lays out rules so strict that most of us hae little hope of eer getting it right. &n fact, he repeatedly makes the point that een those who thought they were doing a pretty good $ob, are really falling far short of the target.
&ou have heard that it as said to the people long ago, /&ou shall not murder, and anyone ho murders ill be sub0ect to 0udgment.
$ut I tell you that anyone ho is angry ith a brother or sister ill be sub0ect to 0udgment. -gain, anyone ho says to a brother or sister, /2aca, is anserable to the court. -nd anyone ho says, /&ou fool3 ill be in danger of the fire of hell.
)herefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,
leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them" then come and offer your gift.
Settle matters uic!ly ith your adversary ho is ta!ing you to court. 7o it hile you are still together on the ay, or your adversary may hand you over to the 0udge, and the 0udge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thron into prison.
)ruly I tell you, you ill not get out until you have paid the last penny.
&ou have heard that it as said, /&ou shall not commit adultery.
$ut I tell you that anyone ho loo!s at a oman lustfully has already committed adultery ith her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and thro it aay. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your hole body to be thron into hell.
-nd if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and thro it aay. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your hole body to go into hell.
It has been said, /-nyone ho divorces his ife must give her a certificate of divorce.
$ut I tell you that anyone ho divorces his ife, e8cept for se8ual immorality, ma!es her the victim of adultery, and anyone ho marries a divorced oman commits adultery.