Friday, February 3, 2017

Group or Personal Study of Matthew 5:21-22

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. 

QUESTION: Have you ever heard someone tell someone to, “Go to Hell!” or were so angry you wished someone was dead

Sometimes, the person doesn’t mean what they say. However, the desire to see someone cursed, to see someone die or to go to hell (eternal separation from God and all that is good) as the result of anger and hate is more common than we may realize.

Question: If you are not actually trying to cast a curse or kill someone have you done anything wrong?

READ Matthew 5:21-22
You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ 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

In the Old Testament, God condemned people for actions and the courts of Jesus’ day would hand out justice based on the actions of people. However, Jesus is making it clear in his Kingdom the standards are higher. You are not even supposed to wish evil on someone.

QUESTION How does this standard make following Jesus more difficult?

What Jesus is calling us to is far more difficult, (just wait until we get to verse 44) but remember those in Jesus Kingdom are not alone. They have the Holy Spirit (Jesus presence) inside them to help them. Yes, the call to discipleship is harder but it is also made easier because we have help. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate (helper), who will never leave you.” (John 14:15).

ACTION: If you get angry remember to let God have it, as a follower of Jesus you can’t hold on to it. Let It Go.

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