Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 17, 2019

Literal or Symbolic

Filed under: Bible,forgive,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Matthew 5:30 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.  (NIV)

A friend and I had a discussion on this verse.  Is it to be taken literally or symbolically?  My mind centered on the pronoun “it.”  Most read the pronoun referring to the right hand.  I see it referring to the word “stumble.”  It is the sin we are to throw away from us.  If our right hand, actually it is the choices we make with our mind, causes us to sin, we are to be sure our right hand, the thought in our mind that chose to carry out the sin, is cut away from us.  The parts of our body respond to the thoughts we harbor in our mind.  What the right hand does is a reflection of what we are thinking.  Literally cutting off our right hand won’t change the thoughts in our mind I see this as a symbolic statement.  It is important, as we read and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, that we listen to the spoken word of God, the Holy Spirit, and gain our understanding of the application of the words in our life for the here and now.  When we become aware of our sinning or stumbling into a temptation, let us renew our minds through confession, forgiveness and inputting both the written word of God and the spoken words of God in the here and now.

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