All right. We’re looking kind of sparse tonight, but I think that it’s about time to get started. Just a quick update on my wife. She had her colonoscopy and endoscopy today and the preliminary stage, everything looks good, but we’re waiting for the results of her biopsies to come back. And she’s now dealing with a severely sore throat. It’s not normal.
It’s like, like her throat feels like it’s bleeding. She says, so she has to go back to the doctor to find out what that’s all about. Hopefully she’s not having some kind of allergic reaction or something, but keep her in your prayers. I want to let you know that the questions on the top say Mark chapter five. But if you look at the actual questions they are from Matthew chapter five,
not Mark chapter five. And we will be going through Matthew chapter five, beginning of Christ’s sermon on the Mount. Go ahead and have a prayer before we begin our father in heaven. How Holy and awesome you are. We thank you for this opportunity that we have to come together and worship you and learn your word. We ask that we soak it up like a spun.
So we’re able to go out and teach it to those that are lost. We ask that you be with those that are traveling at this time. The weather is not fantastic for travel, but we do appreciate, and thank you for the rain. My, my Lord. And we ask that you get everybody home safely. And we ask that you be with those that are ailing and heal that put your healing hand on them.
And if it be your will bring them back to us to worship you. And thank you so much again for your son who died on the cross for our sins in his name. Amen. All right. So we’re going from Matthew chapter five beginning in verse one and seeing the multitudes. He went up into a mountain and when he was set, his disciples came onto him.
Jesus often resorted to the mountains. So as to provide an occasion for rest to instruct his disciples, many examples of this in the scriptures, Matthew 1423, Mark three 13, six 46, Luke six, 12, nine, 28, John six, 15, et cetera, et cetera. There’s a lot of examples of Jesus retreating into a mountain to,
to rest and teach. Sitting down to teach was a procedure that was long followed in the early church. Sitting to teach was an indication of authority. It has been noted that in the early church, the preacher sat and the congregation, including the emperors stood, most of the cathedrals of Europe were still without pews or other seating facilities for the congregation, the reformer Martin Luther.
I’m sure a lot of us know who he is. I alluded to this custom, when he said objecting to the Pope’s remaining seated to observe the Lord’s supper, let him stand up. When he takes the communion like any other sinner, while the mountain, while in the mountain, Matthew tells us that his disciples came unto him suggesting that they took the initiative.
It has been commented that this sermon on the Mount was spoken the ear of the church and overheard by the world verse number two. And he opened it his mouth and taught them, saying our English translate a Greek phrase here that was used of solemn grave and dignified utterance. And so this was, this is a very solemn utterance that he’s speaking. Jesus spoke with the full tone voice of power with an open mouth blessed.
The word appears at the beginning of each of the beatitudes, the English word translate the Greek Makarios and the full meaning of the word is difficult to capture in one single English word. Generally it means happy, blessed. Last vines dictionary noted that it is akin to<inaudible> from a re root Mack, meaning large lengthy denotes to pronounce happy or blessed. I’m blessed has nothing to do with happiness in the popular sense of pleasure and prosperity.
Rather it indicates an inner joy independent of outward circumstances. So let’s go to verse three. Most of the, most of the, all of them, the beatitudes begin with the word blessed. That’s why I went into the explanation of blessed verse three, blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. What does it mean to be poor in spirit?
This is to have a self emptying conviction. This is to have the knowledge that before God, we are completely void of everything, we do not want to be spiritually arrogant. That is what this means. We transform our mind as stated by Paul in Romans 12 one and two and Ephesians four 23. And this is to have a humble and contrite spirit,
Isaiah 57, 15 and other various passages. Why are we to be poor in spirit though? Jesus States say right here in the verse, it is to gain the kingdom of heaven. The poor in spirit are enriched with the fullness of Christ, which is the kingdom and substance. We have the hope of eternal life because of this. My coming to an understanding that without God,
we are nothing, we have the hope of eternal life. Verse four, blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. But what is is this morning that he’s talking about here? This isn’t just a crying. This isn’t just, you know, standing there sobbing, this is a sincere morning or lament over your sins that he’s speaking of, we are to mourn our sins,
our sins, to the point of repentance. Paul stated this in second Corinthians, seven, nine, and 10. And I would read all of the scriptures or have y’all read all of the scriptures. But as this 48 verses, we have to get through in 45 minutes. How are we blessed by that sincere lament over our sins? Jesus tells us that we will be comforted.
If we have a sincere, sincere lament or repentance of our sins. This is a comfort that can only be found in the Lord. Jesus Christ. Matthew writes this in 1128 through 30 verse five, blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. But what is it to be meek to be meek is to have a great strength, but to have that strength under the control of God to be subject unto God,
showing consideration for all men. So we have a strength to be able to do whatever we want. Our free will. That’s our strength, but we give that freewill up to God. Whenever we become Christians, I have heard that it said that meekness is like in unto attained, must Mustang. They are powerful and strong, but they have to put that strength into subjection under their master.
How are, how are the meek blessed? Jesus says they shall inherit the earth. We will inherit all things. John States in revelation 21 seven and all things shall be ours. As Christians. First Corinthians three 20 through 23, let’s throw they, which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled verse six. What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness?
Hunger will make a person yearn and seek for that, which will make him full. If you’re starving to death, you’re going to be seeking out anything you possibly can to get food and your stomach. I’m not starving to death. So I don’t have to do that. What are, what are we to hunger for though? Jesus States we’re to hunger for the word in John chapter six 47 through 51,
thirst will drive a person to not give up until their thirst is Quinn Or until they die. What are we to thirst for in John chapter four is the story of Jesus at the well, the event is truly inspiring, but the scripture that points out what we are the thirst for as John four 14, the living water, the water that flows from Christ.
The word We are to make every effort to seek what is righteous and to put it all in the center of our lives. That’s what this means to hunger as if starving and to thirst as if dying for the word and to do God’s will we are to hunger and thirst for righteousness to be filled. If we continue to desire to go to heaven and seek his will,
we will go to heaven. Matthew 10 22, Jesus SIRS assures us of this and John eight 31 and 32, that we will be free. We will never thirst or hunger again, as stated in revelation seven, 16 and 17 verse seven, blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. How are we to be merciful as Christians? How are we to be merciful to anybody Forgiveness?
That’s how we show mercy by forgiving, by forgiving, we must forgive to receive forgiveness. Matthew six, 14, and 15 Jesus States that Peter asked the Christ. How often shall we forgive? And in turn, Jesus tells him the parable of the unforgiving debtor, Matthew 1822 through 35 most know and understand where to forgive 70 times seven, basically as many times as they keep asking for forgiveness,
we give them forgiveness. Verse eight, let’s start the pure in heart for, they shall see God to be Kiran. Heart is not a facade. It is a reflection of the image of God, likened to the cornea of one’s eyes, to project God into our heart. So to take God completely into your heart, that is to be pure of heart.
To give your heart completely over your heart, your mind, sorry, over to God completely. We must be on the inside. What we proclaim to be on the outside. We say, we’re Christians. We need to live and act like Christians. We know in this life, no man can see God and live. As we can read an Exodus 33 verse 20.
When our reward, when life is over is to see God which we know is impossible. Without a pure heart, we must have a pure hard to see God as stated by Jesus here in verse eight, verse nine, blessed are the peacemakers shall be called the children of God. Peacemaker is one that is led by the spirit of God. We can read that enrollments chapter eight and verse 14 one.
It is one who loves their enemies. Luke chapter six and verse 35. We will be called. If we are peacemakers, then we will be called the children of God. We will be the children of the father in heaven. Matthew five 43 45 tells us that if we are Christians, we will be the children of the father in heaven. And we are the sons of God.
First, John three chapter one verse 10, blessed are they, which are persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. If we live godly lives, we’re going to be persecuted. This is is told to us by Paul in second, Timothy chapter three in verse 12, if you, if you live a godly life, you’re going to be persecuted period.
We are blessed because of this persecution. Verse 11 says blessed. Are you when men shall revile you and persecute you. So we’re blessed because of our persecution that we have to endure. We are to be happy in our sufferings for Christ’s sake. First Peter three 14, and we have an equal inheritance with Christ, Romans eight, 16, and 17.
So we have a hope in heaven. As long as, as we stand the stand through the prosecutions, then our hope through standing through that persecution is heaven. That’s the goodness that we’re going to inherit. Verse 11, blessed are ye. When men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely. For my sake,
revile here is a reproach, a defamation. There were a violin and evil speaking by which one suffers in. We are to rejoice under these circumstances. No matter what people say about us, we rejoice because we know where we’re going when we’re gone and we still continue to push for their salvation, no matter what they say about us. Verse 12, rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven for so persecuted,
they, the prophets, which were before you, the Lord rejoice here is the same word used in Philippians chapter four and verse six, meaning to rejoice and is most frequently translated by this English word. Rejoice. The word has the meaning of leaping for joy. So we were to rejoice and be exceeding glad because of our reward in heaven, leaping for joy,
exceeding glad, like laughing. You’re so happy. Being exceeding glad from one Greek word is a, and I’m not going to see all the Greek words. It means exaltation or exuberant joy. This indicates more joy than the Greek word for rejoice that we just spoke about. And the Septuagint, this word is found chiefly in the Psalms where it denotes joy in God’s redemptive work,
our reward, Ms. Dos, primarily wages higher, and then generally reward the profits received the persecution characteristic of those who live righteous lives. It is the natural Results of light meeting darkness. When the, when this occurs, the darkness rises up in rebellion and lashes out at those who are the instruments of that light verse 13, you are the salt of the earth,
but if the salt have lost his savor wherewith, shall it be salted? It is then sports good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men, salt has been used from the Memorial as an agent. And the preservation of meets the multitudes, which heard Jesus were familiar with its use in curing fish. It’s it is stated that the pickled Vish of Galilee were known throughout the Roman world.
It is worthy of note that the salt of Palestine gathered from the marshes is not pure. So when you go to the dead sea, you’re not getting a pure salt. It’s got all those minerals and things inside of it because of the foreign substances in it. It loses its savor and becomes insipid and useless when exposed to the sun and air, or when permitted for any considerable time to come in contact with the ground.
But pure salt does not lose its savor. So anytime it con this salt comes into contact with air for a long period of time or hits the ground, then it’s tasteless. It has no taste and pure salt. It doesn’t matter what you do with it. It’s going to continue to have its its tastes. And Jesus here is telling us to be that pure salt.
The verse teaches that God’s people keep the world from putrefaction and corruption. So because we are the salt, we preserve the world from basically what it’s going through right now and what it’s been going through for the last 2000. And so on years throughout history, back and forth, there was not salts enough in the world to save it from the flood and sought him to save it from fire Northern Canaan,
to preserve its people from destruction and also teaches as does experience that a disciple may lose those qualities, which make him salt lawsuits. The verb is from Moros, which means Dole, sluggish, stupid or foolish, and means to play the fool to become foolish of salt, becomes tasteless insipid Mark nine 50. It is common and Syria and Palestine to see salt scattered in piles on the ground because it has lost its flavor.
The most worthless thing imaginable is what they say. It is this salt that has no saver. It’s the most worthless thing you can imagine. It’s it’s good for nothing. The word for good is actually a word, meaning strength to be strong, be well, be in good health. Matthew nine, 12 to have power or efficiency avail be valid. Thus,
when it has lost its twinge, its taste, et cetera, and no longer has any power. So it is with the Christian. When we cease to be distinct different unique, it is at that moment in time that we cease to be effective. If we S if we see is to lose our uniqueness as a Christian, we are no longer effective for Christ.
And for his kingdom, we have lost our power verse 14. Yes are the light of the world. A city that is set on a Hill cannot be hid as light disciples, darkness and enables a man to see his way. So the Christian by his teaching and example, removes ignorance and prejudice and discloses this the way of life, the word ye here,
each one of us individually, and collectively serve as light bearers and light reflectors to a world. Stumbling and darkness of the world. Light is to shine in the world in which he lives. The child of God is not a monk in some monastery, nor is his faith to be secret like salt. It is to influence those about us. The city set on a Hill as individuals.
We are the light to those. We come in contact with every single day, but as a body of believers, we are like a city set on a Hill. The church reflecting the light of Christ is of necessity, a conspicuous body so that neither its blemishes nor its beauty can be concealed for air. And for protected protection, cities were frequently built upon Hills,
Jerusalem and Samaria were both Hill cities. And we say our kingdom Christ kingdom is set on a Hill. We seen constantly of it. Zion ni verse 15. Let me see where I’m at. All right. There’s 15, neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick. And it give us light unto the all that are in the house.
So the word land here is the most appropriate word in, in the King James version. It says candle candles did not exist at the time of the writing of this scripture. So it’s actually a wrong word to use. Lamp is more appropriate. The lamp is being placed upon the stand, not under the bushel, being the light of the world. Wisdom should be used in placing ourselves before men.
We should buy up the opportunities in order that we might constantly present ourselves before the world, as representatives of our Lord under the bushel translate HUPO htan Moda. Modi’in the figure is taken from lowly cottage life. There was a projecting stone in the wall on which the lamp was set. The house consisted of a single room so that the, the tiny lights sufficed for all the bushel was an earthenware green measure.
There is a definite article to thus designate the Capitol, the green measure, which was common to every house. So they didn’t hide it under that green measure. They put it out for everybody to see verse 16, let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father, which is in heaven. The light of the Christian is to shine.
Not Austin<inaudible>, but naturally an unavoidably. We’re not out there. Look at me, I’m a Christian. And that’s how we let our light shine. Our light shines just by the way we live, by the way we approach people and how we talk about God as Christians. It is a shine, not only in his teaching or profession, but in such works and actions as unprejudiced men must acknowledge to be real excellence sees moreover,
it must so shine that it shall not when praise for itself, but for him who kindled it, men do not praise the street lamps, which protect them from robbery and assault, but they praise the municipal administration, which furnaces the lamps. So we are not out there being a light for God. So that way we get the praise. We are out there being a light for God.
So people can give God the praise for being the one that actually protects them and gives them their eternal home verse 17, think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill the word for destroy suggests a destruction of something, the word means to lose down or demolish the word fulfill. It means to fill,
to come to full or to come to pass. Our English word is defined by Webster, thus to carry out as a promise, to do a duty, to bring to an end, to complete the law here. And this includes the whole of the law, moral and ceremonial aspects of the law being included. The profits refers to those men who were spokesman of God and the books written by them.
All of the prophecies of Christ were fulfilled instead of coming to destroy either the law or the prophets. Jesus came to fulfill all the types of the former and eventually all the unfulfilled predictions of the latter. He fulfills them partly in his own person and partly by his administration of the affairs of his kingdom. Verse 18, for verily, I say unto you till heaven and earth pass one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled.
So the John here or yod answering to answering to our letter, I was the smallest of the Hebrew letters. That’s jot the I, the smallest of the Hebrew letters. The tittle was a little stroke of the pen, by which alone, some of the Hebrew letters were distinguished from others like them. So to put it in English, we distinguished the letter C see from the letter E by the tittle inside,
you have the C the E is that, that little line right there that makes it an E is the tittle. This passage not only teaches that the law was to remain in full force until fulfilled, but it shows the precise accuracy with which the law was given by God, God had every dot on the eye tittle and the E everything was perfect. Verse 19 whosoever,
therefore shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men. So he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven, but whosoever shall do and teach them the same shall be all great in the kingdom of heaven. This obedience is a habit and it is not easily laid aside. Hence he, that is unfaithful as that, which is little,
will also be unfaithful in that, which is great. So also those who were disobedient and reckless under the Jewish dispensation, the old law would be inclined to act in like manner and the new or Christian dispensation. Hence the warning, not only shall God call such least, but men shall all men also shall eventually do. Likewise, those do by false system of interpretation or an undue regard for the traditions of men and nerve eight or a Knoll,
the obligations of Christ’s laws or ordinances and teach others to do the same. These shall be held in low esteem or contempt by the church or kingdom of God, as fast as it comes to a knowledge of the truth. So as soon as we know that these men are doing something wrong, we bring it to light. Immediately. Greatness in the kingdom of heaven is measured by conscientious and reference to its least commandments,
small Christians obey the great commandments, but only the large are careful about them. Verse 20 for I say, unto you that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees. You shall, in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven since the scribes and Pharisees were models of righteousness in their own sight. Anyway, and in the sight of the people that surrounded them,
Jesus here laid down a very high ideal though. One may now enter the kingdom of heaven having of himself far less righteousness than that, of the Pharisees. Yet he must attain righteousness superior to theirs, or he cannot abide in the kingdom. A large portion of the sermon from this point on is a development of the righteousness of the kingdom of heaven in contrast,
with old dispensation righteousness and Pharisaic interpretation of it, the laws of Moses regulated civil conduct and being state laws, they could only have regard to overt acts, but the laws of the kingdom of Christ are given to the individual and regulate his inner spiritual condition and the very initial motives of conduct. And it, the spirit feeling are all acts first, John,
three 15, sorry. If I sound very Reedy, I’m just, there’s a lot. So, and I, I spent a lot of time on his own verse 21. You have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not kill and whosoever shall kill, shall be in danger of the judgment. And essence Jesus was saying basically,
okay, you have heard what the professional scholars have said regarding a certain aspect of the law. You have seen them follow those laws of old burdened with their human additions and interpretations. Now, let me tell you what the law really teaches this, of course he had the right to do because of who he is. He’s God incarnate. It is interesting that Jesus did not say it was written thus.
And so this is because Jesus was not refuting the mosaic law. What, what was said to them of old time was the scholarly interpretation of that law. And not necessarily what the law actually taught to them of old in this, in this, it would seem that the fairest is put some stock and how old a particular position had been held, or how widely practice,
a tradition that had become that seemed to be the authority. The argument, we have never done it that way before, or this is the way we have always done this around here is not authoritative to God. It’s not in God’s word, just because you’ve always done it that way. Doesn’t mean that’s the way that it’s supposed to be done. Thou shall not kill.
This is the intentional shedding of blood with malice provisions were made for accidental death resulting from a number of circumstances. What Jesus in the law address were intentional acts of taking one’s life. Jesus is quoting from Exodus chapter 20 and verse 13 and Deuteronomy chapter five in verse 17 thou shall not kill. And the, and the 10 commandments and danger of the judgment.
This refers to the conviction and the punishment by the authorities. The freeze shall be in danger of the judgment was the civil punishment. It was the civil punishment that those who were of old were concerned about it would appear that those who simply stress the strict application of the law, thou shalt not kill. We’re not in the least concerned about answering to God,
the scribal and Pharisaic use of the word kill referred only to the actual physical, physical act of murder for it was the act that would bring a man before the courts and judgment. The conclusion which they drew was that if you do not commit direct murder, then you are supposedly pure before God. So if you go higher or somebody to commit the murder,
you’re okay before God, if you just set it up so that they can die, then it’s not on me before God. That’s the way that they had looked at it because of their false traditions throughout history, verse 22. But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother,
Rocca shall be in danger of the council, but whosoever shall say, thou fool shall be in danger of hell fire. So, but I say unto you, Jesus thus assumes a tone of superiority over the mosaic regulations. So this is what the law said. Now I’m saying this to you is angry with his brother without a cause the brother takes on it wider application than just those who are fellow Christians here.
It applies to any of our fellow human beings, the King James version here as the clause without a cause it is not anger per se, that is wrong. It is anger that is driven by emotion rather than that, which we might call justifiable anger. One has noted that the personal element must be absent and the righteous indignation must be directed solely toward the evil itself or toward acts that dishonor God or injury to innocent persons.
We are angry as Christians at the sin, not the person committing the sin, but the sin itself, Rocca and fool. The first is probably an Aramaic word, meaning empty or empty headed and is a word used for contempt. The second word fool is the word use to express dullness or stupid rocket expresses contempt for a man’s head, basically like saying,
looking at someone and in all earnestness saying, you are a stupid fool. This is wrong for us to say to one another or to anybody in the world. Rocket was a step further than merely thinking murderous thoughts. It was expressing in words, murderous intentions. One has made this observation. Christ’s condemnation of the terms, rocket and full show us that are passing words,
States of feeling and not direct murder only are subject to the judgment of the eternal judge. Expression of unrighteous, anger, and speech without violent action is reproved an even stronger language than anger alone. Let’s skip some of this so we can get through all of it. Verse 23. Therefore if thou bring a gift to the alter and their remembrance that thy brother have ought against thee,
therefore the admonition that follows is directly related to what was proceeded. What we just read. That’s what this is talking about. Unjustified, anger and contempt toward a brother affects our worship and devotion to God. Every single time. The child of God cannot acceptably render worship to his God. If he is at odds with his brother upon approaching God at the alter,
one comes to realize that he harbors ill will toward his brother. He has to stop what he is doing and make things right with his brother before he attempts to worship God, verse 24, leave them. I gift before the altar and go thy way. First, be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer that gift lead there by gift.
And this situation reconciliation takes precedence over worship. For the simple reason that worship is rendered void. If we Harbor malice or hatred in the heart of particular emphasis is in these verses is the urgency that is implied in the instructions. First be reconciled. The verb is a second. Air is passive imperative and has the meaning get reconciled? Take the initiative. The verb denotes a mutual concession after mutual hostility and idea absent from a<inaudible>,
which is a Greek word for it. And it shows that no offering, which we can make to God is acceptable while we are conscious of an uncompensated wrong to a fellow man. And we can’t, you can’t rightfully worship God when you’re angry at your brother or anybody in the world. Okay? Agree with dine adversary quickly while thou art in the way with him less,
any time the adversary deliver the, to the judge and the judge deliver the, to the officer and thou can, that will be cast into prison. We are to make up with our enemies. The word, the officer here means an under rower. The same word is used to describe the galley slave or a common servant. It is applied to the ministers of the word as well.
And Luke chapter one in verse two, once again, the emphasis is placed on the need to agree quickly. If one will agree quickly, anger will not have time to take deeper roots in the heart. So you handle your problem with your brother, the anger that you have right away, don’t dwell on it, handle it right away with them. Barely I say unto you though,
shall be no mean thou shalt by no means come out thence till they’ll has paid the uttermost farthing. The illusion here is of course, to imprisonment for debt and such a case. The debtor was held until the debt was paid either by himself or some friend, if it were not paid at all, he remained in prison until he died in the case,
which this is made to represent the off offender would have let whatever, let pass on opportunity to make reparation. And no friend can make it for him. Therefore, the last farthing will never be paid and he must reprint remain a prisoner forever. It is intended to teach that men cannot pay their debts to God and therefore they had better obtain his forgiveness through faith.
During the days of grace, the Greek word translated farthing here is derived from the Latin quadrants, which equals the fourth part of a Roman as a simple copper or bronze coin, which had become common in Palestine. The farthing was worth about a fifth of our American scent. One fifth of our sinned verse 27. You have heard that it was said by them of old time,
thou shalt not commit adultery. It has been said in Exodus chapter 20 in verse 14 and Deuteronomy chapter five, verse 18, this is a commandment do not commit adultery. Thou shall not commit adultery verse 28. But I say unto you that whom whosoever look upon a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her in his heart here. As in reference to murder Jesus legislates against the thought,
which lie eyes back behind the act. He cuts off sin at its lowest root. The essence of all vice is intention. Those who indulge in unchaste imaginations, desires and intentions are guilty before God Jesus is cutting it off. Don’t even think about it. Get it out of your mind. If you find yourself starting to think about it, turn away,
don’t look at it anymore. Whatever, whatever is tempting. In this case, he’s talking about adultery with a woman and if they write IFN the pluck it out and cast it from the Ford is profitable for the, that one of thy members should perish. And not that they whole body should be cast into hell verse 29. These words indicate decision and determination and suggest the conduct of a surgeon who to protect the rest of the body.
Unflinching unflinchingly, severs, the gangrene member. So to protect the whole body back in like the civil war times, if the leg got shot, to make sure that the whole body didn’t get infected, they would just cut the ball. That part of the leg fell off completely gone. And that’s what Jesus is talking about. That I ride I the Hebrews,
like others were accustomed to represent the affections of the mind by the members or parts of the body. Thus the bowels denoted, compassion, the heart affection, or feeling the rains, understanding secret purpose and evil. I do notes sometimes envy Matthew, 20 verse 15, and sometimes an evil passion or just sin in general, the right eye and hand are mentioned because they are of most used to us and denote that however strong the passion may be or difficult to part with you.
Not that we should do it, no matter how hard it is, just let it go. Verse 30. And if I right-hand offend the, cut it off and cast it from the four, it is profitable for thee that one of my members should perish and not the thigh. Whole bodies should be cast into hell. Let’s see. We only have a few minutes left.
So yeah, No. When you were talking about, especially that younger age, you don’t really think like that all the time. I mean all that much about it. I would just say that nine times out of 10 in any of those circumstances that have happened, neither party set out with all the intention to do that. They were at the wrong place at the wrong time.
They were spending time together when they shouldn’t have been, you know, it’s like it led up And as Christians, we’re just not supposed to put ourselves in those situations. Yeah. Any situation that can get you in that situation, you just stay away from it. And that as Christians, that’s exactly what we’re supposed to do exactly as Christians. That’s exactly what we’re supposed to do.
Just stay away from it. Just if you think that there could be a problem with it just don’t do it, period. Don’t go there. Don’t be in that situation. Because most situations we are in, we put ourselves in, it’s not sometimes situations fall on your lap and you just have to take it as it comes. But for the most part,
it’s situations that you’re in you, you are putting yourself in that situation and you have a way to get out of it. God tells you in his word that you have a way to get out of any situation you’re in. No temptation is too strong for us to, to go against. I mean, an alcoholic has no reason to go and sit at a bar and order a glass just don’t you know,
Exactly. And a man who has a problem with looking at other women should not go to a public pool and just stare at all the women or a woman who has a problem with, you know, sexual annotations toward a man. Shouldn’t go watch a bunch of men work out at the gym. They’re going to create a problem for themselves. So you have to know yourself and you have to remember in any situation that you’re a Christian and not put yourself in that situation,
cutting it off at the root. So you’re not even making yourself think about that. You know, I can do this. I’m going to be okay. Like you said, the drunk at the bar, Oh, I’m just going to drink water. Next thing you know, he’s getting a cab home because he he’s drunk. And next thing you know,
the adulterer is committing adultery. All right, let’s just read through the rest of the verses. Since we only have a few minutes left verse 31, it has been said, whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement verse 32. But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife saving for the cause of fornication caused the third to commit adultery.
And your so ever shall marry her. That is divorced if the adult tree, and that is not something I want to get into tonight. Again, you have heard that it has been said by them of old time now, shall not for swear thyself, but shall perform unto the Lord dine owes. But I say unto you swear, not at all.
Neither by heaven for it is God’s throne nor by the earth for it is his footstool. Neither by Jerusalem for it is the city of the great King. Neither shall thou swear by thy head because Dow can not make one hair white or black molecular communication be ye Naynay for whatsoever is more than this. These cometh of evil. You have heard that it has been said an eye for an eye and a tooth for tooth.
But I say unto you that you resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite the on my right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will Sue thee at the law and take away thy coat, let him have the cloak off. So the, this second case is of the judicial judicial and injustice and teaches at the most normal annoying exactions are to be injured without revenge,
no matter what somebody does to us, we do not go get our revenge for it. And whosoever shall compel them to go a mile, go with Twain. There’s a lot of information I’m skipping. And I apologize. Verse 42, give to him that, ask it the, and from him that would borrow of thee turn, not thou away. You have heard that.
It has been said, thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate nine enemy. But I say unto, you love your enemies. Bless them. That curse. You do good to them. That hate you and pray for them, which despitefully use you and persecute you, that she may be the children of your father, which is in heaven for he make it this son to rise on the evil and on the good and send it rain on the,
just, and on the unjust. It doesn’t matter if you’re evil or good. God still gives you the sun. And he still gives you the rain for if you love them, which love you, what reward have ye do, not even the publicans the same. And the people he’s seen this too, did not like the publicans because they were the ones that were taking the taxes from them.
And so he’s saying, just going around and saying, I love you. It’s the same thing as the publicans do. Hey, I love you. Give me your money. Okay. We’re no better than them just seeing it. We have to show it. And if he salute your brother and only what do you, what do you more than others do?
Not even the publicans. So be ye therefore perfect. Even as your father, which is in heaven is perfect. God is our model. Everything short of that is short of what we ought to be. God can not be satisfied with that, which is imperfect. The requirement keeps us in mind of our infirmities and keeps us at work like Paul. We must be ever striving Philemon three or Philippians three 12.
Our standard is not the perfection of, of great and heroic men, but of the infinite creator himself. All right. So let’s go through the questions quickly. The sermon on the mountain, beatitudes. Number one. Where was Jesus when he spoke to the beatitudes? Matthew five one on mountain. Yep. What should be the results of letting your light shine?
Okay. Yes. The main thing we’re going for is the glorification of the father in heaven. Jesus came to abolish or be fulfill the law of Moses fulfill. Yes. What did Jesus say? The law of Moses said about adultery not to commit it exactly. What did Jesus himself say? Concerning adultery Don’t yet don’t even put yourself in the situation. Like I was saying the whole,
the whole verse 28 is the answer to that question. What did Jesus say? The law of Moses said about divorce. Yeah. Give him a writing of divorcement verse. Oh, what did Jesus himself say? Concerning divorce? Verse 32 is the answer to everything. Basically put her away for another. If you put her away for another reason, you’re causing her to commit adultery.
If you get remarried after you put her away, you’re committing adultery. It basically you’re just causing adultery. If you put your, your spouse away for any other reason than adultery, what did Jesus say a person should do if his right eye or right-hand makes him stumble. Yep. Cut off the hand. Pluck out the eye to whom did Jesus say that the father sent the sunshine and the rain?
Exactly. Everyone basically. All right. We’ll stop there and continue on<inaudible><inaudible> Thank you. It’s time to go ahead and begin our devotional period of time. We do want to mention those that are continuing to have help, right? Bye. Joan. I was talking to Marie and Joan is doing about the same or continue to remember her and our prayers.
And also continue to remember that Wilson’s North and Rodale might be checking up on them. And as well as some other widows, we need to be checking on them pretty often. Make sure everything is going all right with them. As Michael said, Jessica had her procedures done today and she’s going to be waiting for the results of those tests. So as soon as we have those,
we’ll share those with you. Hope she continues to improve. And also remember Keith Cozort that’s Aaron’s dad had had having had the two stints put in, keep praying for him. Also remember Aaron and aid and the boys will be coming home. I think they’re planning to come back tomorrow. I believe so. Keep them in your prayers. Right? They’ll have a safe trip back home.
Now, Jen, his dad miss. Remember him. He’s at home now and their hospice care. And Terry just told me that Jan took a fall while they were down there. And I didn’t know that. And so hope. I hope that she’ll recover from that, but, but keep her in your prayers then Natalie temple that’s Diana O’Neil’s nephew’s wife found that or her cancer was back.
So keep them in your prayers. And then also her aunt Jane Sconiers is back in the hospital with pneumonia and congestive heart failure. I believe that’s all the announcements that I had. We certainly hope everyone has a good first. We will be back Sunday and we’ll, I guess we’ll see if everyone survive the new year’s weekend, but we need to pray for those that are out traveling.
And those that perhaps are sick that we just don’t know about. So we do add a lot of people out tonight. It’s the weather is pretty bad. And so we need to just think, maybe give them a call and let them know we’re missing them. It’s good to see Ava back. We missed her Sunday. Good to see you back. Ava.
I think that’s out at any other announcements that you might have that I need to mention. If not a Marie is going to lead us in our song service, Michael will offer the invitation and then Eric we’ll have our closing prayer.<inaudible><inaudible> You went to open your Bibles and we’ll read John chapter one verses one through 14. John chapter one verses one through 14 word was with God.
And the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made and him was life. And the life was the light of men and the lights shine within darkness and the darkness comprehended. It not. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. The same came for a witness to bear witness of the light that all men through him might believe he was not that light,
but was sent to bear witness of that light. That was the true light, which lighted every man that cometh into the world, he was in the world and the world was made by him and the world knew him not. He came unto his own and his own received him not, but as many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God.
Even to them that believe on his name, which were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us. And we beheld his glory. The glory is of the only begotten of the father full of grace and truth word here in this text is logos,
a Greek word, which is expressed, which is an expressed idea. It is the first stage Things he has made, manifesting his divine power. And the fact that he is God Romans one 22nd. He shows himself in mighty deeds, just joined by flood the world he has created when he saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth. Genesis six,
five. Also with his mighty hand, delivering a nation, he has chosen as his own from slavery in Egypt, Deuteronomy seven in verse eight. Then however, he gathered his people at Mount Sinai and reveals his love as well for them and his plan for their future and words, Exodus 20 in verse one, he ordains a succession of prophets of whom he says,
I will raise up from them prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth and he shall speak to them. All that I command him Deuteronomy 18, 18. We know God through his word, which he has now revealed to his Holy apostles and prophets by the spirit Ephesians three, five. However we know him supremely through the word,
his unique son who has glory, grace and truth. As stated in verse 14 of first of John chapter one tonight, I charge you to go up to a single person this week, just one person and try to reveal the glory of God, of God’s son and his word. Just try without the word of revelation. No one can be saved. So teach it Matthew 28,
19 and 20, they miss here. Romans 10, 17, believe John eight 24, repent acts 1730 confess Matthew 10 32 and be baptized acts 2216. And then they need to understand that they need to follow the word and walk in the light as he is in the light to have fellowship with him and with us first, John one, six and seven in revelation two 10.
So they can enjoy their crown of righteousness and heaven with, with him and with us. So if you have any needs for prayers of the church, please come forward. As we stand and sing. Thank you.<inaudible><inaudible> God, our father in heaven. We come to it this time, thanking you for another opportunity to assemble here this evening, to study your word in our Bible study,
and then have the opportunity to sing some songs, appraised your name and study another portion of your word through Michael’s invitation that was given Lord. We know there are many amongst us that are, have various illnesses and ailments. And we ask that you wrap your loving arms, your comforting arms around them individuals to give them comfort. Those that are in pain.
And if it be your will help the caregivers and the providers to nurse them back to health, that these individuals so desire so that they may one day assemble here again and worship your great name. We also know that there are many amongst us that are out traveling or possibly we’ll be traveling. And if we are, and for those that are traveling, please give them safe guidance to their destination.
And Lord, we know that we each have our opportunities and our faults. And when we bring these opportunities and false to you, we ask that you give us guidance on how to overcome them and forgive us if we do sin and provide us with that inspiration to go on and do things better and be better servants of yours out here in this world that we live in.
Now, as we prepare to part here, we ask that you guide guide, guard and direct in each and every one of us until we meet again, we pray all these things through your son, Jesus name. Amen.