But whoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me…
I. THAT THE SINNER'S SIN IS HIS OWN — A PART OF HIMSELF. "Thy right hand." Few people admit the ownership of their sins.
II. THAT DELIVERANCE FROM SIN CAN BE EFFECTED ONLY THROUGH THE SINNER"S OWN ACT. "Cut it off'."
1. Painful. "Cut it off."
2. Promptness. "Cut " with a determined stroke.
3. Persistent. "Cut it off."
III. That heroically, in order to make reformation a permanent blessing, must the sinner abandon his sin. "Cast it from thee."
1. This figure is suggestive of danger. The last resort.
2. The great Physician Himself urges the operation.
3. Every consideration, past, present, and future. calls upon the sinner to decide. "It is profitable for thee."
4. The fearful consequences of neglect. "Cast into hell."
Parallel VersesKJV: But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
WEB: but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him that a huge millstone should be hung around his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea.