Revenge Is Sour (15 of 26) by Jonathan McLeod

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Revenge Is Sour (15 of 26)
Series: Kingdom Life
Jonathan McLeod
Matthew 5:38-42

''You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also'' (vv. 38-39).

SCRIPTURE READING

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us, his followers, that he expects us to be different. In 5:38-42, he says that we are to be different in how we respond to people who mistreat us.

[Read Matthew 5:38-42.]

REVENGE IS SWEET?

When someone mistreats us, the natural reaction is to want to get revenge. We say, ''Revenge is sweet.'' [Show revenge photo on PowerPoint.]

Followers of Jesus are to be different by NOT DESIRING REVENGE WHEN PEOPLE MISTREAT THEM.

AN EYE FOR AN EYE

Jesus says, ''You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth''' (v. 38; cf. Exod. 21:24; Lev. 24:19-20; Deut. 19:21). The principle of ''an eye for an eye'' was meant to guide the judges of Israel so that the punishments that they handed out would fit the crimes-not too harsh or lenient. It was not meant to encourage personal revenge (''You shall not take vengeance,'' Lev. 19:18; cf. Deut. 32:35; Prov. 20:22; 24:29; 25:21-22).

BUT I SAY TO YOU

Jesus says, ''But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil'' (v. 39). And then he gives four illustrations of not resisting an evil person.

''If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also'' (v. 39).
''If anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as w ...


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