Summary: This sermon describes the results when we are "angry without a cause" with another person.
Angry Without A Cause
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.
My sermon on July 8th was about how serious it is to Jesus
for us to stay angry with a fellow Christian.
There was a section of Verse 22
that I did not deal with in that sermon
because I knew I could not adequately cover it
and do the other parts of the text justice.
"Angry without a cause" indicates someone who is angry
for no reason or uselessly irritated.
It describes a person so proud, sensitive, or insecure
that he gets angry about trivial things.
He is easily offended.
He then broods about the offense and nurses it into a grudge.
Jesus is saying that getting angry without a "justifiable" cause—
puts one in danger of breaking the 6th Commandment!
The Bible permits anger against sin (righteous indignation)
but not anger against another person.
Jesus says people who commit murder are guilty!
Their punishment under the Law was death!
His words in this chapter teach us an important lesson!
The man who is the slave of anger,
the man who speaks in the tone of voice of contempt,
the man who destroys another’s good name,
may never have committed a murder in action,
but he is a murderer at heart.
To continue in any of these conditions
breaks the sixth commandment.
Death is the penalty.
This morning I have a Fable to tell you!
A fly was buzzing along one morning when he saw a lawn mower someone had left out in their front yard. He flew over and sat on the handle, watching the children going
down the sidewalk on their way to school.
One little boy tripped on a crack and fell, spilling his lunch on the sidewalk. He picked himself up, put his lunch back in the bag and went on. But he missed a piece of bologna. The fly had not eaten that morning and he sure was hungry. So he flew down and started eating the bologna. In fact he ate so much that he could not fly, so he waddled across the sidewalk, across the lawn, up the wheel of the lawn mower, up the handle, and sat there
resting and watching the children.
We’ll hear more of this later!
What is Anger With a “Good” cause?
God the Father gets angry!
And the LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! 10 Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them.
Moses says in Deut. 9:21-22
Then I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it and ground it very small, until it was as fine as dust; and I threw its dust into the brook that descended from the mountain. 22 "Also at Taberah and Massah and Kibroth Hattaavah you provoked the LORD to wrath.
God says in 2 Kings 22:16-17
"Thus says the LORD: ’Behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants--all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read—17 because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore My wrath shall be aroused against this place and shall not be quenched.’ " ’ 18
Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against this land, to bring on it every curse that is written in this book. 28 And the LORD uprooted them from their land in anger, in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.’
The wrath of God came against them, And slew the stoutest of them,
And struck down the choice men of Israel.
God says in Jeremiah 32:37
Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath;
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Jesus said in John 3:36
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."