Ex.20:13 / Matt. 5:17-26
Intro: In Matt. 5:17 Jesus made this statement
"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.18For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
In Gal. Paul Law is a Schoolmaster to teach us of our need of Salvation
A)Schoolmaster toDRIVE US to Christ
B) But once we see our need of a savior & Come to Christ the law serves a 2nd purpose
C) See Jesus fulfilled the law and still desires to as He lives in me & lives in
D) Another aspect of theliving Hope active working because the Risen Savior is living in Me by His Spirit !!!!
Which gives us key insight of what it means to walk in the spirit / being led by the Spirit .
A)Too often we think of Jesus being in Heaven WAITING for us to get there !!!
B) We have to struggle thru life here waiting anxiously for him to come
Because we are told that He lives
C) So we picture Him Praying for us as we struggle thru
But the picture we need to see is that He has placed His spirit in our lives so that we dont struggle thru life ups & downs
A)But so that we can walk in Victory thru His power
B)Jesus Endured the Cross Did He just preserve barely make it
C)More than Conquerors through Him who loves us
D) So the 10 Commandments are given to Direct us in Christ & to give us insight into what the spirit is seeking to do in our lives !!!
Whenever I follow someone in my car when I am being led by them I love to know the direction going Anticipate the move
A)Going to S.D. going to exist Gennese go west
B)Gods word is our Thomas Bros. Guide it is our road map Helps us to understand the direction that the H.S. is taking us
C) So HE Leads us down Agape Street shows us what Gods love looks like / Patience Ave / Self Control BLVD /
D) All part of the course to get us to the DESTINATION of being more like Jesus
That is the work the Lord is doing in our lives thru His Spirit in Us Using the Word to Direct us in Christ
A)Tonight we come to commandment #6 You shall not Murder
B) This commandment ispretty self explanatory although some have been confused by it
C) Answer to those Questions is No-
1)The term used has to do with criminal killing,
D)and from many accounts and teachings in Scripture it is clear that capital punishment, just warfare, accidental homicide, & self-defense are excluded.
ProverbsThere are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood
E) There is a lot of innocent Blood that gets Shed in our Country
Recent years have seen the arrests and convictions of a number of mass murderers, whose names became household words.
A)Over twenty-five thousand known murders are committed in the United States every year-averaging nearly seventy a day.
B) If we were to add suicides(self-murder) & abortions the numbers would
multiple or involve a famous person, they only make the local news.
C) So this is really talking about the shedding of Innocent Blood
In Rom. 13 Paul mentions one who uses the sword - Justice Minister of the State / Govt. Power
A)The sword speaks of the Govt. power over life & Death
B) Plus Capital Punishment was commended by the Lord long before
Moses back to Noah Gen. 9:6
"Whoever sheds mans blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man"
C)There the penalty for murder and the reason for its seriousness are given.
1)The penalty was death for the killer, and the reason for such severe
punishment was that man is made in Gods image.
Here we see that the Preciousness of Human life is at the heart of this Commandment
A)Because To take the life of a fellow human being is to assault the
sacredness of the image of God
B)Human life is sacred to the Lord because man is made in the image of God God wants us to Respect the Preciousness of Human life
C) R.Kent Hughes The Disciplines of Grace " The 6th Commandment You shall not murder is a profound word of Grace because it is a call to be a great lover of all humanity from conception to the grave"
D)Murder is a despicable manifestation of a fleshly heart.
"Outside [of heaven] are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying" (Rev. 22:15
But in Matt. Gospel Jesus reveals that you can be a murderer w/out Wielding a Knife or using a Gun
A)It is possible for a model, law-abiding citizen to be as guilty of murder as anyone on death row.
B) It is possible for a person who has never been involved in so much as a fist fight to have more of a murderous spirit than a multiple killer.
C) Jesus declares that unlessyour righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees you will by no means enter the Kingdom of heaven
D)The Scribes & Pharisees had given their whole lives to keeping the most minute details of the Law Considered Holy guys
The Diff. Between the Letter & the Spirit
E) It is not Just the Outward actions that the Lord is Concerned about it is the Inward attitude
The Pharisees would Pride themselves in the fact that they had not committed murder Not guilty here
A)Jesus said not so fast v. 21-26
B) Word Angry is interesting two words in the Grk 1st is Thumos
EnglishThermometer -/ speaks of that which is Hot
C)But the word Jesus used was Orgizo΅ has to do with a
brooding, simmering anger that is nurtured and not allowed to die.
D)Describes coals that have been left after a fire has burned out Coals smolder for hrs or for days
E)It is the anger that cherishes resentment and does not want reconciliation.
Jesus is talking about that type of Anger He says that if you are angry in that way You are involved in Murder
A)WAIT - What about the Phrase w/ out Cause what if I have a reason to be smoldering all these yrs ?
B)She walked out on me ? They lied about me or to me I have reason to feel what I feel deep down / I have been burned time & time again
C) Peter comes Lord how much forgive 7 times
D) They came up w/ that Number because in Amos Ch. 1 the Lord declared
"For 3 transgressions of and for four, I will not turn away its punishment,
E) God goes thru a list of nations that He is going to judge because of the 4th sin
F) So Peter thinking Being very Generous 7 times / doubling the Rabbis and adding one for good Measure
Dont keep count forgive until you lose count
Then Jesus told a story about 2 slaves one owed his master a large sum of money - 10 Million dollars -
A)Master had mercy on Him & forgave His debt
B)But that Slave went out & ran into another slave owed 2,000
C) Master found out & thru that slave in Prison
D) Now when I take that into Consideration and apply it to what Jesus is saying here do I really have a CAUSE TO be angry at anyone ?
E) I have been forgiven of a host of sins Think all the thoughts / all the unkind words / Motives
But the reality is the Lord has forgiven us 10 Million dollars
God has been so merciful to us therefore we should be givers of mercy
A)Gods mercy to us is New every morning doesnt run out therefore we should bedispensers of Mercy
B) Wait Isnt there are place for Righteous indignation ? / Didnt Paul say be angry & do not sin ? Eph. 4:26
That is the Difference
C) There is no place in Gods economy for Smoldering Bitterness / anger
"All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight," , "but the Lord weighs the motives" (Prov. 16:21
The Lord knows what is going on in our Hearts & minds & even though we have not harmed anyone physically
A)We can be Murderous in hearts if we allow Hatred to Smolder & to brew there
B)But Then Jesus says we can also Kill w/ our Words - Raca
C) Jesus says the person that says that shall be in danger of Council
D)I like Jon Courson's insight on this The Lord would say to you & me who call others idiots You need counseling because that is not the way I see that person
E) Person is made in my image & I love them I think that is a pretty accurate picture of the Lords Heart here
F) I wonder how often do we say Idiot when some one is doing stupid things / the Lord is thinking I wish you would just pray for them ?
Continues says fool much more Serious than we use it today speaks of a person who is morally & Spiritually bankrupt - Hopeless
A)In calling someone a Fool it was equivalent to saying You deserve to go to Hell
B)Now Prop. 22 Passed we won but what if it hadnt what if there were a Brigade of Homosexual marriages
Reactions Parades on T.V.
C)Do we get that feeling when we see the Gangbangers / Drug dealers / Drug addicts / - Hopeless They are going to hell & they deserve it
D)Back in the 60s that was the approach many took w/ the Hippies
E) But Chuck & Kay Prayed / others God did an amazing work
What about us now as we look at the Next gen. w/ their Piercings & Tattoos think Hopeless Shield my kids
A)Instead of Pray
B) That is what Jesus is getting at here When you look at the person or that group that has offended you & say Fools despicable / Hopeless
C) Not the Fires of Hell but A hellish fire in your heart that is not going to allow you to be the person that the Lord would really desire you to be
So Jesus says that we can kill so to speak w/ our tongues
Listen In eyes of CCV Vista Community I am not who I think I am / Not who you think that I am I am who You say that I am
A)same is true for you Every notice when someone tells you something
Bad about someone Drop a notch in your eyes
B) Prov. 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
1) Power to Kill or to give Life
Close v.23 - 24
A)Brother has something against you implies that you have wronged him in some way leave your offering go to Him
B) Picture this worshipper - ( Remembers & runs away )
C) Not give it your best shot say well I tried BE RECONCILED
C)Agree w/ Him I was wrong and I am sorry please forgive me
D) What if I wasnt wrong
E) You are a worse sinner than He even knows so just agree w/ Him