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Summary: To harbor anger is murder. To attempt to worship while you harbor anger is not just useless, it is Hypocrisy and In reality it is also blasphemy

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I. Introduction

A. A woman was taking her time browsing through everything at a friend's yard sale, and said to her, "My husband is going to be very angry I stopped at a yard sale." "I'm sure he'll understand when you tell him about all the bargains you found," her friend replied. "Normally, yes," she said. "But he just broke his leg, and he's waiting for me to take him to the hospital to have it set."

B. This passage is a very important passage

1. Remember that Jesus is teaching His disciples

2. Lets turn to Matthew 5:21

Matthew 5:21 KJV)

"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.'

a. Jesus begins to explain the real meaning of God’s Law

(1) He uses the phrase, “You have heard that it was said to those of old” 5 time in the chapter to underline the error of the Pharisees’s rules and to point out the real meaning of God’s Law

(2) You have been taught that murder is wrong, murder has always been wrong

(a) This comes from the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:13

(b) The Old King James says

Exodus 20:13 (KJV)

Thou shalt not kill

(c) The New King James says

Exodus 20:13 (NKJV)

You shall not murder.

b. The Hebrew word means murder

3. Lets define murder

a. Murder is the deliberate taking of another human beings life

(1) It could be in a momentary fit of anger

(2) It could be in a cold calculated deliberate manner

(3) Or it could be for pay

(a) Such as hiring a hitman

(4) There are other ways of taking another’s life

(a) Say by accident with a car

(b) This is not termed murder

b. Jesus used the word that means murder, the deliberate taking of another’s life

(1) Keep this in mind as we continue

(a) Now we shall turn to Matthew 5:21 - 22

II. Body

A. Anger

Matthew 5:21-22 (NKJV)

(Matthew 5:21-22 NKJV) "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.

1. The very first thing we need to know is just who our brother is

a. The first thought is a male sibling

(1) John Thomas Vary is my brother, he is the son of my mother and my father

(2) Marc Franklin Brown is my brother, he is the son of my mother, but not the son of my father, he is my half brother

b. The second thought is my Christian brother

(1) Larry is my brother

c. The third thought is some one who belongs to the same fraternity

(1) Dean is my brother because we both served in the US Army

(2) And we both served in a combat zone

(a) Lets turn to Matthew 18:21

d. Jesus in using the words “brother” and "whosoever" is saying that every human being is a brother under God's creation.

(1) Therefore, His words applies universally to every human being.

Matthew 18:21 (NKJV)

Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?"


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