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Matthew 5:21-26

The Sermon on the Mount

The Homicide of the Heart

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 10th September 2017

Text: Matthew 5:21-26

 

  • The sixth commandment is “Thou shalt not kill.”
  • Christ’s exposition of this commandment deals with the very root of the problem: The attitude of ANGER

 

  1. It can lead to murder. (vv. 21, 22a)
  • Examples of sinful anger: Genesis 4:3-8; 1 Samuel 18:8; Genesis 37:3-22
    • Righteous anger is not a sin (Cf. Exodus 32:19).

 

  1. It may make others seem worthless. (v. 22b)
  • Anger against others is soon transformed into arrogant contempt.
  • Raca (Aramaic) means ‘empty’ or ‘useless’ (Cf. James 3:9)

 

  1. It often results in condemning others. (v. 22c)
  • The “Fool” has no respect for the truth. He prefers his own opinions, and he mocks at sin and at God (Proverbs 15:14; 14:9; Psalm 14:1).
  • To call someone a fool is God’s prerogative alone.
  • Backbiting destroys a person’s reputation.

 

  1. It must be taken very seriously. (vv. 22)
  • The terms ‘the Judgment’, ‘the Council’ and ‘Hell fire’ here refer to God’s court of justice. (cf. Luke 16:23; Rev 20:14,15)
  • All who are guilty of these ‘minor’ offences’ deserve eternal death.

 

  1. It needs to be resolved quickly. (vv. 23-26)
  • The main point here is reconciliation (cf. Ephesians 4:26).
  • If you have sinned against someone, put things right.
  • If someone has sinned against you, forgive him.

 

How to avoid sins of anger:

  1. Learn to be slow to anger (James 1:19).
  2. Love those who offend you (Proverbs 10:12, 17:9).
  3. Walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).

 

Questions for Personal Reflection:

  1. In what kind of situations are you most prone to become angry?
  2. How can you help someone who is very short-tempered?
  3. What makes resolving a conflict and being reconciled so difficult?

 

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

September 17 & 24 - Living for Christ

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20