Murder (Matthew 5:17-26)

Murder Matthew 5:17-26

Matthew 5:17-26

I. The Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17-20)

    A. No intention to destroy, but fulfill (Matthew 5:17-18; Colossians 2:14)
    B. Jesus never encouraged anyone to disregard any of the Old Law while it was still in effect (Matthew 5:19)
    C. He did, however, call for a more excellent righteousness (Matthew 5:20; Romans 10:1-3)

II. A progressive heart problem

    A. The straight-forward command (Matthew 5:21; Exodus 20:13)
    B. Starts with an attitude: anger (Matthew 5:22; Psalm 4:4; Ephesians 4:26-27)
    C. Progresses to vocalized intent: “Raca; you fool!” (Matthew 5:22; Ephesians 4:29)

III. Make peace with your brother!

    A. If you are the cause of strife with a brother, you cannot be at peace with God (Matthew 5:23-26; 1 Timothy 2:8; 1 John 2:9-11; 3:10, 15)
    B. You cannot be forgiven if you do not forgive (Matthew 6:14-15)

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