It has been said by many bible teacher that Jesus taught a new and deeper theology about sin than what was originally taught in the Old Testament when he preached the Sermon on the Mount. The idea that lust = adultery and hate = murder are not new to Jesus’ teaching. Job had the same understanding and communicates it many times throughout this book and especially in chapter 31. Just because the teachers of religious law (Pharisees) taught differently, does not make it right. Jesus was pointing to the same truth Job knew thousands of years earlier with not one word of Scripture available to him.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.