Monday, February 6, 2017

Group or Personal Study Matthew 5:23-26

For the next few weeks (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), I am going to present a small class Bible study looking over Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 

Study READ: “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18) QUESTION: Are there people you could do more to get along with? Most of the time the answer to that question is, Yes. But it’s not always easy to get along with people and let’s be honest there are times you do not want to try and get along with them. I am not talking about people that are trying to actually hurt you, but people you may not like or maybe they don’t like you. Paul says that we need to do what we can to get along with EVERYONE (yes sometimes, there isn’t anything you can do (abusive/dangerous situations) if you are having trouble with this seek help from someone in authority). Normally we are to get along and with this in mind let’s look at the next section in the sermon on the mount. READ Matthew 5:23-26“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. “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. And if that happens, you surely won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny. QUESTION What two kind of people do you see which Jesus says you need to try and make things right with? If you said some who has something against you and someone you owe, then you got it. There could be more but these are the two main types Jesus is looking at. The first is someone that has something against you. Jesus does not say you did anything wrong he is saying someone else has the problem, yet you are to try and make it right. This is hard. It might be easy to say, “It’s their problem, they can get over it!” However, Jesus doesn’t give you that option. In fact, Jesus said leave your sacrifice at the altar and try and fix it first. Remember, for the people of Jesus day offering sacrifice to God was the most important thing to do. A devout Jew would not let anything stop him from giving his sacrifice to God. Jesus is beginning to lay the groundwork for a kingdom principle, you cannot be right with God and wrong with people. The second is easy to understand, you owe someone and you need to make it right without dragging it out. This one may be easier, you’re at fault. However, there are times we do not want to admit we did anything wrong, isn’t that, right? Jesus doesn’t give any slack, admit it and make it right before being forced too. QUESTION Do you like admitting you're wrong or trying to make things right with someone who is maybe being unreasonable? How would Jesus want you to handle it?

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