THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Jesus said: 24 Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it wont collapse because it is built on bedrock. Matthew 7:24,25
This weeks outline: Anger Adultery Divorce Vows revenge Enemies
Teaching about Anger 21 You have heard that our ancestors were told, You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment. 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. 23 So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. 25 When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser
may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 And if that happens, you surely wont be free again until you have paid the last penny. Anger comes from a position of defending what is right, therefore when Paul said be angry yet do not sin (Ephesians 4:26), it was in light of righteous indignation. The problem is we are usually defending our opinion at the risk of forsaking love. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Romans 12:8
This verse says, If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you. It is not saying, If you search and find something because of your unbalanced sensitivity, but, If youremember. In other words, if something is brought to your conscious mind by the Spirit of God First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift Never object to the intense sensitivity of the Spirit of God in you when He is instructing you down to the smallest detail. First be reconciled to your brother. Our Lords directive is simple First be reconciled. He says, in effect, Go back the way you came the way indicated to you by the conviction given to you at the altar; have an attitude in
your mind and soul toward the person who has something against you that makes reconciliation as natural as breathing. Jesus does not mention the other person He says for you to go. It is not a matter of your rights. The true mark of the saint is that he can waive his own rights and obey the Lord Jesus. and then come and offer your gift. The process of reconciliation is clearly marked. First we have the heroic spirit of self-sacrifice, then the sudden restraint by the sensitivity of the Holy Spirit, and then we are stopped at the point of our conviction. This is followed by obedience to the Word of God, which
builds an attitude or state of mind that places no blame on the one with whom you have been in the wrong. And finally there is the glad, simple, unhindered offering of your gift to God. Teaching about Adultery 27 You have heard the commandment that says, You must not commit adultery. 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 So if your eyeeven your good eyecauses you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose
one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your handeven your stronger handcauses you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. Matthew 5:27-30 Teaching about Divorce 31 You have heard the law that says, A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce. 32 But I say that a
man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery. Matthew 5:31,32 Marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman. This covenant was never meant to be broken. Divorce and remarriage. Teaching about Vows 33 You have also heard that our ancestors were told,
You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the LORD. 34 But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, By heaven! because heaven is Gods throne. 35 And do not say, By the earth! because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, By Jerusalem! for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. 36 Do not even say, By my head! for you cant turn one hair white or black. 37 Just say a simple, Yes, I will, or No, I wont. Anything beyond this is from the evil one. Matthew 5:33-37 Teaching about Revenge
38 You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. 40 If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. 41 If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. 42 Give to those who ask, and dont turn away from those who want to borrow. Matthew 5:38-41
Teaching about Love for Enemies 43 You have heard the law that says, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even
pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48 Dont just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When Gods people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.14 Bless those who persecute you. Dont curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Dont be too
proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And dont think you know it all!17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, "I will take revenge; I will pay them back, says the LORD.20 Instead, If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads. 21 Dont let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. Romans 12 9
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