Our text comes from the section of the Sermon on the Mount which spells out the “higher righteousness” prescribed for Jesus’ followers (Matt 5-7). Three of these sections are covered in this text: adultery, divorce, and oaths. First Adultery: “You shall not commit adultery” is one of the Ten Commandments. A wife was thought of essentially as her husband’s possession, therefore adultery was the act by which one man offended his neighbor by trespassing on another man’s property. A man could have several wives and even women servants (a harem) and still not be considered an adulterer as long as he kept to his own. Divorce second: Jesus was clearly opposed to divorce. It is not likely that he granted any exceptions. Unless it has been broken by adultery already, those who go through a divorce and remarry are themselves guilty of adultery. While legalism should be avoided, the church must be in the business of asserting the sanctity of marriage and seek, through support and counseling, to shore up marriages which begin to disintegrate. Neverless, to affirm that even in the area of divorce and remarriage the doctrine of forgiveness of sins in operative. Third oaths: It is said that all speech must be truthful. It need not be accompanied by an oath to make it so. Language cannot, according to Jesus, be used to deceive, and no double standard can be used which required truth where an oath is taken and allows lying where there is no oath. One of the great problems of mankind is clear communication. The problem is that people use language to deceive. Jesus is urging his disciples to energetically seek reconciliation with others as we have received reconciliation with God as the result of Jesus’ death on the cross. Paul teaches (2 Cor 5:19) that we have been reconciled with God and empowered by Christ to live out Christ’s mission of reconciliation in our daily lives.