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Matthew 5:38-42

The Sermon on the Mount:

The Journey beyond Justice

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 8th October 2017

Text: Matthew 5:38-42

 

  • The Law of God required offenders to pay a compensation for the loss they had incurred (Exodus 21:22-27).
  • To avoid excessive payment, a guideline was given: “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth”
    e. the compensation must be equal to the damage that was caused by the offence.
  • But the Pharisees turned this into an excuse to exact revenge.

 

  1. Resist the Desire to Be Vindictive. (vv.38-39)
  • Instead of being vindictive, we should be merciful, kind and forgiving.
    (Leviticus 19,18; Romans 12:19,20)
  • Verse 39 – “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
  • This puts an end to aggression that can go into endless rounds of feuds.

 

  1. Respond to Evil with Good. (vv. 40-42)
  • Jesus Christ provided the supreme example of this on the cross (Luke 23:34).
  • We should also forego retaliation against those who have wronged us, serve them cheerfully, and even give of our wealth to help them.

 

  1. It Does Not Mean Condoning Sin.
  • These are only meant to be personal acts of non-vengeance.
  • Love never condones any sin (1 Corinthians 13:6; Romans 12:9).
  • God disapproves of doing nothing against evil (Jeremiah 5:26).

 

  1. It Means Overcoming Rather than Encouraging Evil. (Romans 12:20,21)
  • Saul wept when David spared his life (1 Samuel 24:17-19).
  • The Syrians no longer attacked Israel after they were treated as guests in Samaria and sent home peacefully (2 Kings 6:18-23).

 

  1. It Must Be Exercised with Discernment.
  • Our response must help them to repent of their evil.
  • If they refuse to repent, we should not tolerate further evil acts from them.
  • Discernment is needed in responding to evil. (Matthew 10:16; John 2:23,24)

Questions for Personal Reflection:

 

  1. How should you respond to someone who bullies you and says,
    “I thought you Christians are supposed to turn the other cheek”?
  2. Which shows more love?
    1. Allowing a bully to take advantage of you?
    2. Stopping him from taking advantage of you alone?
    3. Preventing him from taking advantage of you and others?

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

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11