Murder – Matthew 5:21-26

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Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 5:21-26,

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

I want to have a word with you about MURDER.

   I. What you have heard – 5:21

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’

Six times in this chapter we read, “You have heard it was said…” (5:21-22, 27-28, 31-32, 33-34, 38-39, 43-44).

Not everything we hear is necessarily correct. We must seek to have a clear and unadulterated meaning to what we read about in the Bible.

Do not murder is one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20).

  II. What I say to you – 5:22

22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.

Jesus takes the commandment up a notch. He enlarges this “Do not murder” commandment to include being angry with a brother or a sister without a cause. To be angry without a cause means that we have broken this commandment.

This is Jesus taking this commandment to a whole other level.

It’s not just the action of murder, but now it is thoughts, it is feelings toward another human being. Jesus is dealing with what we allow our hearts to focus in on.

  • What steps you need to take – 5:23-24

23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

There are five steps for us to take found in these verses. They are:

  1. Bring your gift – this is a good thing. Seek to honor God.
  2. Remember that – you recall that you are at odds with another brother or sister in Christ. We can’t worship God and be angry with our brother or sister. The vertical is right when the horizonal is right.
  3. Leave your gift – walk away from your act of worship and take care of business. Go be a peacemaker.
  4. Be reconciled – go and get things right. This is where worship starts. This is the first thing we must do.
  5. Come offer your gift – return and offer your offering to God.
 
   III. What to do with an adversary – 5:25-26

25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

Jesus warns that we should seek to get right with people before they take action against us in a court of law.

   Now is the time to make things right between you and another person. Don’t wait until you received a notice that you are being sued.

Lessons for Learners: 

  1. Not everything we hear is always right.
  2. Murders will be judged.
  3. Jesus takes murder up a notch to being angry with a brother or sister without a cause. Holding a deep-seated grudge.
  4. There are steps to making things right – follow them quickly.
  5. Deal with your adversary quickly before you are sued.
Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.
And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.