The Gospel of Matthew this morning may sound like a “do this/don’t do that” list, as does the passage from Deuteronomy we read. It is the kind of Biblical passage that might turn people off from coming to church at all. Nobody likes to be reprimanded, not at work, or home and certainly not at church. However, if you look at the Gospel text in its historical context and search deeper into the meaning, I believe it is a prescription of love and g
uidance for all of God’s people. What do I mean by that? Take verses 21 & 22 for example:
"You have heard that it was said…'You shall not murder'; and 'whoever murders shall be liable to judgment. But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, 'You fool,' you will be liable to the hell of fire."
It’s put in strong language that we are not supposed to kill each other, right? That’s #7 in the 10 Commandments and I think we have wrapped our brains around that one pretty thoroughly. Even so, sadly the sin of murder still persists. Jesus’ thoughts went even deeper