Priceless

Fox news is reporting that a Utah Mother has been charged with attempting to sell her 11-year-old daughter’s virginity for a mere $10,000.

The world could smile easier if such a thing had never been heard of before; but we have already heard this story.  We live in a world where little girls are sold into prostitution by their parents.  Let the horror sink into your brain and soul for a long time.  Mourn over this.  The Christian, on the other hand, is a person who is living in the peace of God presently, in this very world, only because of the finished work of Christ on the Cross.  The Christian is set to inherit paradise which is defined in John 14 as a mere room in the Father’s house in the future, yet still nonetheless lives in an incredibly broken world in the present. These two realities live next door to one another as neighbors, side-by-side, parallel to one another.  This reality is no small thing.

Let the horror sink into your brain and soul for a long time.  Mourn over this.

When the Lord Jesus Christ spoke the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7.1-6 (ESV),

1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

He told us to:

Mt. 7.1-2 Understand that we will be judged to the same degree we judge others.

Mt. 7.3-5 Understand that to judge another for a small sin while we ourselves are living in large sins is the pinnacle of hypocrisy.

Mt. 7.6 Understand that simply shrugging one’s shoulders concerning sin does not make one un-judgmental and Christ-like but rather irresponsible with things of intense value.  Meaning that to be self centered to the point of not caring about the condition of another’s soul does not free one from judgment.

In other words Jesus is telling us to flee from being Judgmental hypocrites while at the same time not fooling ourselves into being naïve people who fail to use discernment and common sense.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones spoke thusly at Westminster Chapel in London years ago,

If our Lord had finished His teaching with those first five verses, it would undoubtedly have lead to a false position. Men and women would be so careful to avoid the terrible danger of judging in the wrong sense that they would exercise no discrimination, no judgment whatsoever.  There would be no such thing as discipline in the Church, and the whole of the Christian life would be chaotic.  There would be no such thing as exposing heresy and pronouncing judgment with regard to it.  Because everybody would be so afraid of judging the heretic, they would turn a blind eye to the heresy; and error would come into the Church more than it has done.  So our Lord goes on to make this further statement here, and we cannot fail, once more, to be impressed by the wonderful balance of scriptural teaching, its amazing perfection.  That is why I am never tired of pointing out that a detailed, microscopic study of any one section of Scripture is generally much more profitable than a telescopic view of the whole Bible; because if you make a thorough study of any one section, you will find that you will meet all the great doctrines sooner or later.

Studies In the Sermon On The Mount, pp.446-447

I will scarcely forget the time Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie preached on this text during spiritual emphasis week while I was a young theology student at Emmaus Bible College.  Dr. Ryrie with his southern accent mocked that most commonly memorized refrain which automatically fires forth from the lips of those who will not be subject to a divine Lord, “Judge not lest thee be judged.”  Dr. Ryrie’s point was:  there are verses after Mt. 7:1; Jesus was not done speaking.

There are things worth defending.

A principle and an application is at work in Matthew 7.6,

“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.”

Namely: there are priceless things worth defending.

A young girl’s sexual purity, for instance, is worth defending.  $10,000 is a paltry sum to offer for a state priceless and irreplaceable.

A young girl’s sexual purity, for instance, is worth defending.  $10,000 is a paltry sum to offer for a state priceless and irreplaceable.

For a “Mother” to offer her daughter’s virginity on the auction block is akin to the dogs and pigs seeming to have somehow acquired possession of a pearl only to initiate a transaction in order to sell said pearl to another party of dogs and pigs.

God would have us recognize the holy things and the precious things that He in His sovereignty has placed us as guardians over.  For this reason the Church is to be discerning about what is placed in front of the eyes of our young men.  For this reason the Church is to be discerning concerning how our young women dress.  For this reason the Church must be discerning over whom our young people spend time with, while not pretending that the great commission (Mt. 28) can somehow be fulfilled without contact with those who’ve yet to cling to Jesus.  This is not being judgmental; this is a guardian of holy and valuable people using discernment.

In John Piper’s This Momentary Marriage, Piper repeatedly states that marriage is a divine melodrama played out between a man and a women portraying the heavenly truth between Christ and His Church on earth.  Pastor Piper writes that marriage is a covenant between a man and woman which mirrors the covenant Christ made between Himself and His bride, the Church.  Marriage is supposed to be covenantal in its enduring, sacrificial nature.

The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 5:25-33 (ESV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

What is the price for a woman’s virginity?  A Man’s Life.  That is all.

Just as Christ gave Himself up for the Church and shall therefore be rewarded with the prize He has won, so too the man who keeps himself and his woman pure is worthy of her.  The man who would have a woman must die to himself and forfeit his life to the sacrificial covenant of marriage.  He must also be willing to literally die for the protection of his wife whom he must treat as a holy and priceless gift from above.

$10,000 is not enough.

 

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