Presentation on theme: "38. ¶ "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.‘ 39. "But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps."— Presentation transcript:
38. ¶ "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.‘ 39. "But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40. "If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. Mt.5:38-42
41. "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42. "Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. Mt.5:38-42
“Eye for Eye” “Tooth for Tooth” Old Testament Ex. 21:22-25 Lev. 24:15-21 Deut.19:16-21 Guideline for judges “lex talonis” = equal retribution Punishment match the crime “Quid pro quo” = something for something Standard for just punishment
Resist Not Evil Resist = withstand Turn the other cheek Slap does not endanger life Insult Jesus - Jn.18:22 Don’t retaliate - don’t get down to their level
Resist Not Evil “Turn the other cheek” “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.” Rm.12:17 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Rm. 12:21 Keep mouth closed
Tunic = shirt Cloak = robe or coat What about our rights ?? Often ready to fight “Rights” is often self-interest !!
“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” Roman soldiers could force you to carry 1 mile Jews did not like this law. Marked off 1 mile
Does not want to carry pack one mile carries, drags, throws it down angry rest of the day 2 nd mile man carries it without complaining conversation – goes beyond mile marker happy he has gone second mile
Brings out best in others - Mt. 7:12 Lightens life’s burdens 2 nd mile makes home life better Husband / Wife Children
Imagine whole Church going 2 nd mile: Burdens of life Forgiveness Involvement Evangelism Visitation Hospitality Teaching class Worship services Elder / Deacon “Always abounding in the work of the Lord”
There are many blessings of doing what Jesus commands us here in Matthew 5:41
The religion of the second mile is performance beyond the call of duty, or doing more than one’s duty. Going the extra mile is to do more than is expected. When a man walks the first mile he becomes a candidate for the second. God’s people must go beyond the minimum requirements.
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