You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. (Matt 5:21-22 NASB)
During this wonderful passage we call the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus takes the Law that has been taught to the Jewish people for centuries and begins to explain it a completely new way.
Don’t get me wrong, the scholars of Israel had long been commenting on the holy scriptures, and teachers had been passing on these writings from generation to generation.
As I understand it, and again I am no scholar, much of this writing was putting the laws into keepable methods. (or nearly keepable anyway) They would take every area of life and tell you exactly what you could and could not do.
There were laws about how to handle your money, and your crops, and your kids, your wife, your livestock, your mothers-in-law. (Nothing was intended by the order of that last sentence – honest) There were laws and rules and procedures for everything. A Jewish life was a well-oiled machine.
But Jesus, rather than explaining to the people how they could manage their lives in such a way as not to offend God, took these laws and showed them how in every day life they were offending God even in their keeping of the laws that they supposed He imposed on them.
Later in His ministry He would go into detail about how the best keepers of the law of their day, the Pharisees, offended God by their way of keeping and enforcing the law.
Jesus just finished saying we could not get rid of the laws, now He is going to explain the heart behind them in such a way as to make them un-keepable!
The point? The law is both imperishable and impossible and YOU need a Savior!
Jesus is that Savior, who lived a life that pleased God, died a death that appeased God, and now offers you that life for your's, so you can please God too. [Tweet This]
Will you bow your knee to this Jesus and allow Him to be your Master, King, Boss and God? Do it today!
How? (you might ask) No magic words, no hocus pocus. Simply own (admit) your inability to live a life pleasing to God. Confess everything in your life that He brings to mind that may have offended God, and surrender the CEO position in your life to Him. If you do this with all your heart, He will begin to show you how to change those things you confessed (this is called repentance) and He will guide you into a new life. A full and free life.
If you did that today, let me know! You can direct message me @MrBnd or you can post a comment below.