violence | anger | murder
Well today I want to speak about something that is in the natural trying to almost rip apart society, world,world events, politics, family life and so on; and a little applicable today in light of how the Holy Spirit’s ministering and prayer and so on, but I want to speak on violence, anger, frustration that is so prevalent today, and I’m calling this ‘Violence, Anger Getting Worse In These Last Days’.
Turn with me if you will to Matthew chapter 5 verses 21 to 26, and here is what our Lord says about anger. You know it well but we need to be reminded about these things. And here He starts with murder which is in the heart:
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 judgement.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement. 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.
Now Christ here is speaking about murder, these feelings, anger, frustration, that alot of us have experienced and felt over the years…
.. And as I have said in the opening that..
..in the last years we are going to see violence and anger getting worse,..
..and indeed it is. And in this portion that Jesus says here, He says
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 judgement.’
And so of course under the Old Covenant those who shed blood – blood for blood, that was what the law required – eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, and Middle Eastern countries and Israel still hold to that principle. But Jesus went on to say
22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement.
Now we’ll just stop here because he says those whoever are angry with a brother – now here we’re obviously speaking about the brethren and about the House of God, but that principle could also be taken over to your neighbour or even to your enemy. And it says here ‘…without a cause shall be in danger…..’ Now God knows human frailty – He knows that we are weak, and [that] sometimes we lose it. But God has provided, He has provided – as we shall see in this study – when we lose it. We are human and I don’t think there is one here who has not lost it with anger and maybe sometimes for a good cause, but He’s not going to let us off the hook, He’s not going to let us be complacent – we’ve no real excuse for anger ….. ….. ……