Matthew 5- Murderer of the Heart

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matthew 5:21-24

As we continue to look at Jesus’ teachings here in Matthew 5, it’s obvious that Christ has given us a reinterpretation of the Mosaic Law. Many believe the Beatitudes are really a reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments. But here Jesus is given us an illustration of the physical law and how it applies to our spiritual life also. 

As we all know, it’s a sin to kill somebody, most people would know this even if they didn’t know the Ten Commandments. However Jesus takes this to another level, anyone who is angry with someone is equivalent to physical murder. Yikes! As we can all imagine, we are all guilty of this. We all get angry with people from time to time, some people even have anger issues, this is not taken lightly in the Kingdom of God. 

If anyone calls someone “a fool” or stupid is in danger of Hell Fire. As you see Jesus is taking the Mosaic Law to a new level. What is his point? That sin begins in the heart, its not just your actions that are sins, it’s also your thoughts and ideas. Jesus makes it clear we are all sinners and in need of God’s grace!

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. Matthew 5:25-26

Resolve all conflicts with everyone, as Jesus said “Don’t come to the altar until you reconcile with your brother” We can’t expect God to be accepting of our worship if we have strife remaining between us. Don’t let anger and rage sow seeds of sin in your heart. Forgive your brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and children, let the peace of Christ rule your heart not sin

So you still think Christianity is easy? Jesus is taking the Law to the next level, the good news is we are forgiven and justified by the atonement of Jesus Christ! Amen!

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