The Thought that Counts

Each of these statements of Yeshua had the same core principle: What you think about becomes what you do.

Matthew 5:21-24  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:  (22)  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.  (23)  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;  (24)  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Matthew 5:27-28  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:  (28)  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Matthew 12:35  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

Matthew 15:11  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

(Hat tip to Doug W.)

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2 Responses to The Thought that Counts

  1. Comment about “Matthew 5:27-28”:
    A logical analysis (found here: ) of the earliest manusscripts (including the logical implications of the research by Ben-Gurion Univ. Prof. of Linguistics Elisha Qimron of Dead Sea Scroll 4Q MMT)) of “the gospel of Matthew”, implies that Ribi Yehoshua was a Perushi (Pharisee). Ribi Yehoshua ha-Mashiakh (the Messiah) from Nazareth was called a Ribi and only the Perushim (Pharisees) had Ribis.

    The current earliest manussscripts of “the gospel of Matthew” contains words a first century Ribi would never have said, and thus a reconstruction is needed.

    The historical Ribi Yehoshua ha-Mashiakh taught: ”You’ve heard the Oral Law (Shemot 20:14; Devarim 5:18): ’You shall not commit adultery, and I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman with intent, having designs upon her, has, in his heart, already committed adultery with her.”

    To say that it would constitute adultery to get a thought of desire when one is gazing on a woman contradicts Torah. The person who adds a mitzwah (commandment) to Torah, is according to Torah a false prophet (Devarim (“Deuteronomy”) 13:1-6).
    (Read more here in my blog post:

    Anders Branderud

  2. jay c says:

    Thanks for stopping in, Anders.

    I think you are right that Yeshua was more Pharisee than Sadducee, but I don’t think he would have self-identified as either, and I don’t think either group would have claimed him. He was too quick to point out the faults in both parties. (Like Messianics stuck between Jews and Christians and like Libertarians stuck between Republicans and Democrats.)

    I completely agree with your final point. I don’t believe Yeshua ever added to or took away from the Torah, at least not the written Torah. He very clearly said that he did not come to change God’s law. The only way his statements concerning adultery and murder make sense is in the context of a larger discourse that was paraphrased in the Gospels. His point wasn’t that the law had become more strict, but that dwelling on thoughts of lust for a married woman and hatred for a brother reveal a heart that is already inclined to adultery and murder. Given free reign such a person will inevitably commit the crime in deed. This aligns with what he said about hand-washing as it relates to eating. Washing or not washing one’s hands before a meal doesn’t reveal anything about the nature of a man’s soul, but what comes out of his mouth reveals a great deal.

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