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Part 6: Sermon on the Mount

The Beatitudes
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Matthew 5:21-26 (NIV)
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“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,
leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.
Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. Adultery

The Beatitudes
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God loves me enough to accept me the way that I am

The 6 Commands (Antitheses)
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God loves me too much to leave me that way

A superseding righteousness is…(v.17-20)
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* INTERNAL TRANSFORMATION over EXTERNAL CONFORMITY
* IMPUTED RIGHT-NESS over SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

Overview of The 6 Commands:
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• Old Testament COMMAND (You have heard it said…)
• Jesus’s NEW Command (But I tell you…)
• A step of OBEDIENCE

Why ‘Antitheses’?
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Antithesis: a person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else; a contraction or rebuttal.
Ex: Light vs. Dark; Hope vs. Despair; Love vs. Selfishness

Jesus is not canceling the commandments,
He is FILLING them FULL of meaning. (Fulfill)

Exodus 20:13
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Exodus 20:13 (NIV)
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“You shall not murder.

Anger
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Jesus is NOT forbidding us to be angry
• Jesus got angry (Matt 23:13; Mark 3:5; Luke 24:25; John 2:15*)
• Anger happens!

Ephesians 4:26-27
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Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)
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“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
and do not give the devil a foothold.

So, what do we do with it?
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He is a fool who cannot be angry; but he is wise who will not remain so. (English Proverb)

Murderous Anger…
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Jesus (here) is speaking of an anger that is:
  • PROLONGED; a festering, nursed-wrath that is kept-warm
  • UNFORGIVING; carried-around
  • DESTRUCTIVE; wreaks havoc
  • JUDGMENTAL; brings hell
This anger gives the devil a FOOTHOLD in our lives (Eph. 4:27)

How an angry-heart reveals itself (v.22)
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1. Insults (Active/Passive)
         • Raca (Aramaic: Contempt)
              ‘stupid,; questioning the mental competence of the other person
          • Fool (Gk.: moros)
              ‘idiot’ or ‘moron;’ questions the moral competence of a  person

2. Obstinance: A deliberate ugliness and difficulty toward another
            • Bloody-minded (Syn.)

Creatively Responding to Anger
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1. Seek IMMEDIATE reconciliation

First (Gk. Proton, πρῶτον): first in time, place, rank, honor
Quickly (Gk. Tachy, ταχύ): speedily, without delay

When personal relations go wrong, in nine cases out of ten
immediate action will mend them. (Barclay)

Creatively Responding to Anger
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1. Seek IMMEDIATE reconciliation
2. OWN your part, and even MORE than you have to…
3. OVERLOOK the offense(s)

for the GLORY of God, for the GOOD of the relationship
and for the FREEDOM of our hearts.

Resources:
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* 7 A’s of Confession (peacemaker.net)
•  Matthew 18 Peacemaking Process

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