Matthew 5:38-42

July 30th, 2018

Matthew 5:38-42

July 29, 2018


principles of interpretation:


  • We must never regard the Sermon on the Mount as a code of e________, or a set of r______ to cover our conduct in detail.
  • These teachings are never to be applied m_______________ as a kind of rule of thumb.
  • If our interpretations ever make the teaching appear to be ridiculous or leads us to a ridiculous position, it is patently a w______ interpretation.
  • If our interpretation makes the teaching to appear to be i______________, it is also wrong.
  1. finally, we must remember that if our interpretation of any one of these things c__________ the plain and obvious teachings of Scripture at another point, again it is obvious that our interpretation is has gone astray.


The main intent of the Mosaic Legislation was to control e___________.  In this case particularly, it was to control anger and violence and the desire to get revenge.


  • This whole tendency to wrath, and anger, to retribution and retaliation is there at the very core of the human soul. From the very earliest days as children we have this desire for revenge; it is one of the most hideous and ugly results of the fall of man, and the r_____________ of original sin.


  • the principle of Justice must come into play, and Justice is never e___________ in its demands. There is a correspondence between the crime and the punishment.... the thing done and that which is done about it.


the scribes and Pharisees, in typical legalistic fashion, deduced that in every case this “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” philosophy was to be the norm. 

  • Thus they taught that if someone did something to you, you were to do it back to him and insist upon your “r____________”

They ignored the fact that Moses had also said, “"Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD."


This passage is not to be taken outside of the context that it is found in... Remember that it was to the same people that have been addressed in the beatitudes.... those who were poor in spirit, ect.


The New Testament teaches that, until a man comes under grace, he must be kept u________ the law.


Vengeful r______________ has no place in society at large, and even less place among those who belong to Christ. We are called to overcome someone's evil toward us by doing g___________ to them (Rom. 12:21


This is the spirit that led Stephen to pray for those who were stoning him to death. It is the spirit of every believer who, by the Holy Spirit's power, seeks to be perfect even as our heavenly Father is perfect (v. 48).

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Deuteronomy 5:11 (ESV)

July 23rd, 2018

July 22, 2018


Deuteronomy 5:11 (ESV)
11  “ ‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain…

Deuteronomy 6:13 (ESV)
13  It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.

Leviticus 19:12 (ESV)
12   You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.


  • the idea was to c____________ them to the seriousness of their whole life before God...

    • It was designed to remind the nation of Israel of their r________________________ with God,
    • to stress that everything that they did was under the e_____ of God.
    • That e________ part of their life was to be lived unto Him.


  • .... He is saying that we need to be careful of how we use oaths....
  • First of all He wants to think about the b_______ of our oaths.... We must not swear by heaven or earth or Jerusalem etc.... because these are not ours to f__________ even if we do go back on our word....
  • I think that what He is forbidding is that common kind of oath taking that goes on in order to win an argument, or to convince someone that we are sincere....
  • As Christians we need to be people of our W______. E____ the right to be taken seriously when you speak.
  • .... how often do we “stretch the truth”... or bend it just a little??? Someone has said, “E___________, thy name is legion!”
  • As Christians we need to be men and women of our word!!! And this takes a concerted e_______ on our part…. We must not lie.... (and make no mistake, we are all given to it, if not always in a bare-faced way).
  • We must do what we say we are going to do,


  • Jesus point here is that, as believers, we need to realize that no matter what we say, we are speaking that in the very p_______________ of God.
  • We bring Him to the conversation by our very presents. We should always speak with the c_______ a________ of His presents. We are His people and a lie that we may tell to someone in a private conversation may just come between that one and the Lord in the issue of Salvation....
  • E__________ that we do is of the utmost importance. 





  • "And don't say anything you don't mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions.
     You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, 'I'll pray for you,' and never doing it, or saying, 'God be with you,' and not meaning it. You don't make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true.
    Just say 'yes' and 'no.' When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.”

      Matthew 5:33-37 The Message


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Jesus On Divorce-The Delicate Dilemma

July 16th, 2018

 Jesus on Divorce – the delicate dilemma

Matthew 5:31-32

July 15, 2018

31   “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’
32   But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.


 The purpose: or why divorce?

  1. It brought c________l to a situation that was out of control.
  2. It was a protection for w__________ of the time.


The word that is translated here “divorce” is the Greek word apoluo”

“luo” = to loose;  

“apo” = away from.

It is the same word that is used for being set free from bonds.... the idea of a p________ ...


Moses laid down three basic principles:

  • First of all, divorce was to be l_________ to certain causes.
  1. Martyn Lloyd Jones states, “It was only to be permitted henceforth when there was some natural, moral or physical defect in the wife.”
  • Principle number two was that a man who had so divorced his wife, had to give her a w____________ of divorcement.
  • The third control was that a man who divorced his wife is not allowed to m_______ her again.
    • The idea is to show that marriage is not something that is open to walk into and out of at leave! Divorce was a p________ enactment.


What the Pharisees taught:

  • Their basic idea was that the Law of Moses c__________ that a man divorce his wife under certain conditions. (Matthew 19...)
  • They actually taught that if a man ceased to l_____ his wife, or for any reason found her to be unsatisfactory to him, that, in a sense, was ‘uncleanness’!.... and as such, grounds for divorce...


Genesis 2:24:  the Biblical idea for marriage:

 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh!


Cleave= to glue, or connect, to literally “grow into”…. (Think, grafting a tree)


why did God allow Moses to make the idea of divorce available??

  • Because of the h________ of men’s h_____.”!!

    • The permission for divorce in the O.T. economy was designed to meet the unique, practical problems of an i____________ s_________ people!

There was utter chaos -- these rules brought at least a semblance of order... but in no way was he advocating divorce

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Sin Is A Heart Issue 7/8/18

July 9th, 2018

Sin, it is a heart issue!

July 8, 2018


You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’  But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed.  Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body.  Those leering looks that you think nobody notices -- they also corrupt. Let’s not pretend that this is easier than it really is.  If you want to live a morally pure life, here’s what you have to do:  You have to blind your right eye the moment that you catch it in a lustful leer. You have to chose to live one-eyed or else be dumped on a moral trash pile.  And you have to chop off your right had the moment you notice it raised threateningly.  Better a bloody stump than your entire being discarded for good in the dump.”  (Matthew 5:27-30, The Message)


His words have more to do with the h______ than with the a__________.

We want to reduce it all to ‘what we do’ or more correctly, ‘what we don’t do’.. and if we don’t do what we have determined to be w_______... then we are ok.


The whole point here is that none of us, ... and that means not one of us... is without s____....  And the Wages of sin is still the same... Death!


  • .... I don’t believe that He was seriously intending that we should m_____________ ourselves because of the fact that we looked at a woman and found that there resided within us, a corrupting element of l_______!

On the contrary, I think that what He is doing here is pointing out the entirely foolish idea that somehow a person could so d____________ oneself that they could get to the point that they and their b___________ would be acceptable to God.


The Problem is that we have lost sight of the r_________ of sin.... we don’t understand that the real problem in our relationships is and always will be, put very  simply, SIN!


There is none righteous, no, not one!”...


The point of the passage in vs 29-30 is clearly that we need to recognize sin for what it is.... it is something that ought to make us w__________ to do whatever it takes to get away from it.   


  • Sin is the w______ thing that can happen to a person...
  • it would, indeed be b_______ to go through life blind, and crippled then to allow Sin to reign in our lives... And if that would resolve the sin question I would certainly be promoting it...
  • but any reasonable person knows that sin would find a way to take us _______.


Romans 6:23 states that “the wages of sin is death BUT the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord


John 3:16 points out that God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life!

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Understanding The Sixth Commandment

July 2nd, 2018

Understanding the Sixth Commandment

July 1, 2018

Matthew 5:21-26



Exodus 20:1-17 (ESV)
1   And God spoke all these words, saying,
2   “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.


3   “You shall have no other gods before me.
4   “You shall not make for yourself a carved image
7   “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain
8   “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
12   “Honor your father and your mother,
13   “You shall not murder.
14   “You shall not commit adultery.
15   “You shall not steal.
16   “You shall not bear false witness
17   “You shall not covet


Numbers 35:29-31 (NKJV)
29  'And these things shall be a statute of judgment to you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
30  Whoever kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the testimony of witnesses; but one witness is not sufficient testimony against a person for the death penalty.
31  Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death.


E______ life is created in the likeness and image of God and thus to destroy a life was to destroy a living image of God! 

It was the ultimate r___________ of His leadership and rightful place in the lives of His people.


Principle number one: not merely the letter of the law, but rather the spirit.

M_______ is something that takes place in the heart...

when we are angry, we are exposed to precisely the same v___________ as a murderer….we have devalued God!!!


But this is not the full expanse of the passage.... we are not only not to feel anger.... we are not to be even guilty of expressions of c_________________.

We are devaluing what He has created… we are saying that something that He valued enough to send His Son to die for, is not worth it.


The second thing that I think is made clear here is that our attitude is not to be n_________, but rather p_________....

 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar.  FIRST go and be reconciled to your brother, then come and offer your gift.


Colossians 3:8-9

“but now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth, lie not to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.”

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