biblestudy: Matthew (Part 7)

Matthew 5:20 - 48
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 28-Oct-81; Sermon #BS-MA07; 67 minutes

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In Matthew 5:21-22, there exist degrees in the spirit of murder, with destroying a reputation as the worst. All sin is against God, but before one attempts to establish a relationship with God, he should heal the breach with his fellow man. If a conflict exists between husband and wife, his prayers could be hindered. We are admonished to take care of problems while they are small rather than allow them to brood, exercising moderation and self control. If we continually fill our mind with good thoughts and motivations, we won't be thinking base or unclean thoughts. Jesus, desiring to restore the spirit as well as the letter of the law, warned against rash or hasty divorces, taking oaths or vows, invoking God's name frivolously, realizing that a covenant is binding whether we formally invoke His name or not. As God's people, our word should be good as gold. The Lex Talionis (eye for an eye) principle provided the foundations for an equitable solution, allowing for equal justice or monetary compensation for pain, time, indignity, etc. Jesus set a standard of non-retaliation and non-vengeance—not getting even for an insult, suffering for righteousness as our Elder Brother Jesus Christ did for us. We need to be more concerned about our duties or obligations than our rights. When we are conscripted into service and when we lend to the poor, we need to realize God will make it right to us. When we love conditionally, with the hope of getting something back, we have no reward, but if we love with unconditional, godly agape love, loving our enemies, removing any thought of vengeance, becoming godlike in the process, doing what we were created for.

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Love, Agape, Anger Apology Back of the hand Cloak and tunic Conscription Deuteronomy 157 Delivery of mail Deuteronomy 19:13 Destroying reputation Divorce Exodus 21: ; 22:27 Eye for an eye and tooth for False witness Family structure I Peter2:33; 3:7 Giving our word Impressing people into service Hatfields and Mccoys Healing Hosea 5-6 Isaiah 53:7 Keeping ones word Kept woman Lex talionis Matthew 26:27; 27:32 Name of God Numbers 30: 2 Pain Poverty programs Proverbs 19:17 Reconciliation with brother Reprogramming the mind Resentful Resist not evil Retaliation Rudiments of equal justice Scornful speaking Shibboleth Simon the Cyrene Spirit of murder Suffering servant Temple prostitutes Third commandment Vengeance




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