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Monday, July 24, 2017

All things that cause sin: musings on Matthew 13:41

I heard Matthew 13:41 read in church yesterday. There was a phrase that I had never noticed before (here given in bold): 41a "The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling . . ." (World English Bible, public domain)

I checked other versions, and found this:
things that cause sin was used in some versions
things that offend in some
things that cause stumbling in some

That's an amazing concept. Not only will the inhabitants of the Final Kingdom be free from sin, but Jesus seems to be saying that those things external to ourselves, that tempt us, will be gone. Perhaps even internal things!

Nothing to tempt me to pride? To covetousness? To lust? To gluttony? To anger? To deceit? To violence? To not thank, adore, and glorify God? Great!

Thanks for reading. 


FancyHorse said...

What a wonderful thought!

Martin LaBar said...

Thank you.

It surely is.