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Six Contradictions

Posted by on February 16th, 2011 with 0 Comments


Matthew 5:21 – 48

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time.”  Jesus is not contradicting Scripture.  He is contradicting tradition.  When Jesus quotes Scripture, he says, “It is written,” Matthew 4:4, 6, 7, and 10.

I.    Anger, 5:21 – 26
A.    Raca means senseless, empty-headed.  Nitwit, blockhead, bonehead, twit all insult a person’s intelligence.
B.    Fool means the man who has denied the existence of God.  The man who tells his friend that he is doomed to hell is in danger of hell himself.  We do not have the righteousness that exceeds that of the Pharisees.
C.    Raca is contempt for a man’s head – “You stupid nitwit.”
D.    Fool is contempt for a man’s heart – “You scoundrel.”

II.    Adultery, 5:27 – 30
A.    The law says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”  “But, I say unto you,” is an expression of Jesus’ sovereign authority.
B.    There is a look.
1.    Job 31:1 there he takes about the eyes of the flesh
2.    Today we have the eyes of fantasy, X-rated movies, television, R-rated movies feature sex and violence, even the way men, and women dress.
C.    The lesson is simple but difficult.  Act as though you were blind and crippled.

III.    Divorce, 5:31 – 32
A.    For any reason
1.    Shammai – adultery
2.    Hillel – anything in the eyes of the husband, including burning a meal
3.    Akiba – if he finds another more beautiful
4.    Josephus – for any causes and many such causes might happen among mankind
5.    They wanted some paperwork to justify and legalize lust.
B.    For one reason – unfaithfulness

IV.    Swearing, 5:33 – 37
A.    The parent to the child says, “I swear if you do not stop cussin’.”
B.    The person who is always swearing shows his propensity for lying.
C.    Jesus says, “Do not swear
1.    By heaven – which is God’s throne or sovereignty
2.    By earth – which is God’s footstool; He owns the world
3.    By Jerusalem – God’s city or His dignity
4.    By your head – because you have no strength, you cannot change black to white
D.    Why should we ask the heavens, the earth, and Jerusalem, to verify our nonsense?

V.    Relationships, 5:38 – 42
A.    Retaliation
1.    Do not injure another, v. 38.
2.    Do not insult another, v. 39.
3.    Rule of law is for courts; the spirit of love is for society.
B.    Readiness, v. 40 – 42
1.    Better to lose a suit of clothes than to be drawn into a suit of law.
2.    Better to surrender you liberty and go the extra mile.
3.    Better to give to him that asks.
C.    Rain, v. 43 – 45 – treat everyone the same.  Whatever we would do for a friend we must do for an enemy.

VI.    Enemies, 5:43 – 48 – treat everyone the same.  (“I will kill my enemies when I make them friends,” A. Lincoln.)
A.    Whatever we would do for a friend we must do for an enemy.
B.    “This is the supreme demand.  Through the medium of prayer we go to our enemy, stand by his side, and plead for him to God,” Bonhoeffer.

•    What do ye more than others?  v. 47b
•    The Pharisees had a list of external actions that were sinful.  Jesus explained that sin came from the attitudes of the heart.
•    “To return evil for good is devilish.  To return good for good is human.  To return good for evil is divine,” Alfred Plummer.

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