Summary: Message about dealing with anger from the Sermon on the Mount.
Note: I used notes from Online Bible Themes and verse studies from Preacher’s Sermon and Outline Bible. This was written in 1997 so many years ago. Thought it would be great to share.
Title: Murder and Anger
Theme: To show the importance of having the right kind of anger
Text: Matthew 5:21-26
Matthew 5:21 Ye 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: 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, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Two types of anger: justifiable and unjustifiable
I. Justifible anger, Gods anger
1. anger at wickedness, idoltry Ps 7:11
Wickedness is an evilness that is committed. It is a blatant disregard for sin. God is angry at this. He does not like sin but I believe he is more angry at blatant sin. This is when people get into idoltry. Sometimes maybe even witch craft. But God is angry at this. And so should we. I myself get angry at wickness. Those who are blatant in their sin. We should stand against wickness and stand for Christianity.
2. anger against forsakers, Is 1:4
God is angry with forsakers. These are people who knew God. These are here referring to the people such as the Israelites who have many times turned their back on God and went to other idols.
The strangest part is that they know the gospel. They are not people who have never heard the word and never accepted but they know what is right.
God is still angry today with those who have forsaken his word. People who at one time lived the Christian but has turned away from him.
Why is he provoked to anger?
1. It puts a bad image on Christianity
2. God does not want anyone go to hell but he wants all to be in heaven. God’s will is for all to be saved.
So God is angry at the forsakers.
3. anger against unbelief, Ps 78:21, 22
God is angry against unbelief. Let us go back to verse 12 and begin reading.
God is angry because all the wonders and miracles that he did for the Israelites and they still did not believe. What is it going to take? God wrought miracle after miracle after miracle but still they murmured against God. In the book of Numbers we see this 8 times. Sometimes one after another. It would seem that God would hardly be finished with a miracle then they would murmer. I believe this is why Moses got so mad and struck the rock instead of speaking to it as God had commanded we see this in Numbers 20.