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July 18, 2021 8:00 am
God is is concerned with anger as he is with murder. He doesn't take contempt for our fellow man lightly and in fact equates it with the shedding of blood and the taking of life are welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boris preparing you to think of act biblically. There is righteous anger and unrighteous anger. The first concerns things of God.
While the latter is concerned with the real or perceived slight against ourselves. Join Dr. Boyce as he explores the often misunderstood topic of our anger and Christ's perspective on from the sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapter 5 at the very end of the sermon on the mount, we read that the people who heard Jesus were astonished at his doctrine, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
The unprecedented authority of the Lord Jesus Christ startled his contemporaries. Surprising as this note of authority was the standard which Jesus set before man was more startling, still the men of Christ day, like those of our time or for the most part contempt with then external righteousness or goodness. By contrast, Jesus taught that the only righteousness acceptable to God is a divine righteousness, but in time brings about a full transformation of the personality after the 20th verse of the sermon on the mount. The demand for an internal righteousness has been presented positively. Christ has spoken of the character of the Christian man. He is poor in spirit to the sorrowful force in me hungry and thirsty for righteousness, merciful, pure in heart a peacemaker persecuted because of this he is to be the salt of the world and its light now with verse 21.
This changes the positive side is dropped and Jesus begins to state the same things negatively.
For centuries, the scribes and Pharisees been teaching that to avoid murder was to keep the sixth commandment, Jesus taught that men have broken the commandment, even if they have only been angry with one another or called one another a fool describes a taught that the seventh commandment was kept of a person avoided sleeping with another man's wife for another woman's husband. Jesus taught that the commandment was broken even if adultery existed only as a thought in the heart.
A man's word must be kept in spirit as well as in letter. According to Jesus charity must go beyond the call of mere duty and a man's enemies must be loved by him as well as his neighbors and his friends.
The remainder of this first chapter of the sermon on the Mount six of these themes are introduced in each case by the formula you've heard it was said by them of old or you've heard that it hath been said, in each case, the points are similar true Christian morality must arise from the heart and as a result of this, no one but God. No one but God, who controls the heart can provide it. The first of Christ. Examples then is based on the sixth commandment commandment that said, thou shalt not kill. Meaning murder for years, ever since the giving of the law to Israel through Moses on Mount Sinai. This commandment had stood in the Decalogue and had been known to Israel for the same length of time murder had been defined by most men, including the scribes and the Pharisees is the external act of murder.
They had taken the sixth commandment is found in Exodus 2013 and had combined it with a verse of numbers that demanded death for anybody who unlawfully took innocent life.
The clear implication was that the commandment referred to nothing more or less than this act we do the same thing. Of course for our dictionaries define murder as the offense of unlawfully killing a human being with malice of forethought, express or implied, well said Jesus is this what murder is is murder nothing more than the act of it is, is there no guilt to the man who almost kills another, but is prevented from doing so by some unexpected circumstance or to the man who would like to kill his enemy, but doesn't do so from cowardice or from fear of getting caught is a this is the way men reason, but it's not the intent of God's injunction. Instead, God is concerned with the heart, said Jesus and God is is concerned with anger as with the actual shedding of blood libel reports and is saying you heard that it was said by them of old, thou shalt not kill.
And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of judgment but I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of judgment versus all are not only is unjustified. Anger forbidden according to Jesus, but God will not even excuse a person who is guilty of expressions of contempt goes on. Whosoever shall say to his brother Rocca shall be in danger of the council and whosoever shall say, thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire Rocca is a term meaning empty, but the insult is more in the sound of it than in the meaning it means anything, it means another thing nobody. The term Morelos translated thou fool means one was a moron, morally, is one who plays the fool. Hence it's a Seymour upon his reputation. Jesus said these things also make one guilty when measured by the holy law of God. Obviously such a definition of murder searches to the depths of our own beings does not help us much to recall that there is such a thing is righteous anger or that there is a valid distinction between being angry against sin and angry with the center course there's a righteous anger. Jesus himself spoken righteous anger against the hypocritical stand taken by the so-called leaders of his day.
Paul spoken justified anger against the legalize her's were trying to undermine the true faith of the Galatian believers. David gave voice to anger in the so-called imprecatory Psalms, but it is not very often that our anger is like that. If were honest, we must admit that form more often. We are angry at some long done against ourselves, real or imaginary. Some insult or some undeserved neglect, we commit murder always yes we do. By this definition, we lose our temper. We harbor grudges.
We gossip we kill by neglect and spite and jealousy, and there's no doubt that we would learn that we would actually do worse things. If only we could see our hearts is God is able to see them is no accident that even in our own speech. Such things sometimes are termed character assassination that we speak of destroying a person by words. This is literally true and we do it only Jesus says that we are not to be that way.
These verses go on to show in a far more positive way what the cure for anger is to be the first step in that your according to Jesus is to admit that we do get angry, we must recognize the fault. First of all, you would think.
Of course, that such a point would be obvious that all men would do this naturally, but it's not obvious. Even though modern psychiatry teaches the same thing. The subtlety of the human mind prevents it. See a man can do the worst possible things that a person can do in this life kill sheet steel, commit adultery, and so on. When he's brought face-to-face with his actions. He will find it dozen reasons why it was not a folded all why it was necessary for him to do them quite a few years ago in May 1931. The city of New York witnessed the capture of one of the most dangerous criminals. The city up to that time it ever seen. His name was to gun Crowley shown himself to be the kind of man who would kill at the drop of a hat sometime before his capture he had been parked at the side of a road when a policeman came up to him and asked to see his license without saying a word. Crowley drew his gun and cut the policeman down menace the officer lay dying. Crowley jumped out of the car, took the policeman's revolver and fired another bullet into his body now. What did this man to gun Crowley think of himself as a person. We know because when he was finally captured in his girlfriend's apartment at the end of the hour-long gunbattle involving hundreds of police a bloodstained note was discovered that had been written by Crowley during the battle it said under my coaches a weary heart, kind one, one that would do nobody any harm. Later Crowley was sentenced to the electric chair. When he arrived on death row at Sing Sing didn't say this is what I get for killing policeman know he said this is what I get for defending myself. The point is that to gun Crowley did not blame himself for anything.
All that was proved to gun Crowley and other criminals how much more true. Is it of normal men and women like you and me. We sin, but we cover-up the sin and we refuse to acknowledge it even to ourselves. No wonder then Jesus taught that we are to acknowledge it.
First of all, we are to admit our anger acknowledging our guilt.
We are to do this is the first step to its cure. The second step for those who wish to overcome their anger is to correct the injustice.
There is always injustice on both sides in any normal dispute. Thus Jesus said, if thou bring thy gift to the altar and there remember is that thy brother hath anything against the leave there thy gift before the altar go thy way. First be reconciled to thy brother, then come and offer thy gift. Someone will always say at this point, all but the meaning of the sacrifice lie in the fact that in the home for sin, that it covered up the guilt of the one presenting it, but yes it did but it was never supposed to excuse the necessity for restitution must never forget that King David was a saved man was in heaven today because he looked for the Messiah. We knew was coming to save men from their sin when he wrote of his daily relationship to God and of his sin. He said if I regard iniquity in my heart. The Lord will not hear me. Samuel said to King Saul.
The occasion of Saul's first great disobedience to the Lord after he was King hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord.
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. It is the same today men always find it easier to substitute the ceremonial aspects of religion for the demands of a clear conscience before God. Where in ancient times. This meant the presentation of sacrifices of the Temple in Jerusalem today.
It means the attendance of the Christian churches, participation in a Bible study or a prayer meeting or his giving to the church or to missionaries. These things are right in themselves. We should do them. But God says that they are worthless from his point of view. As long as there is unconfessed sin in the life of the Christian and the failure on the Christian's part to make the sin right. First John three verses 18 and 20 says my little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth with our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and know with all things. Consequently were to confess those things to make them right. Insofar as we are able.
The third step in Christ cure for anger is to do what we must do immediately. First, we must admit the wrong in our anger. Second, we must do what we can to correct it. And third, we must do what we can do immediately is the point of the next two verses of this chapter for Jesus speaks of agreeing with your adversary quickly list the most terrible consequences follow these verses do not teach us some suppose that God is the adversary that you and I can lose our salvation.
If we continue in a course marked out for us by our anger.
Jesus didn't mean that actually he was merely saying that sin has consequences. If you want to avoid the consequences: confess and make right sin as soon as you are able to sense the Lord Jesus Christ was only saying in other words, what Paul later said to the Ephesians be angry but sin, not let not the sun go down upon your wrath and he was recognizing the great principles stated in the 12th chapter of Hebrews follow peace with all men, and holiness must any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and by it many be defiled others. 1/4 step in the cure of anger and must be added to these obvious steps on the basis of all that Jesus Christ is saying that is, we must ask God to change our heart because only God is able to do it on Sunday evening after the 730 service in my church. I was talking with my daughter Elizabeth warned that she was greatly offended because someone had mistreated her as she thought they had held her upside down and she didn't like that she was angry about it. She said to me, I don't like that man.
I'm never going to forgive him a forgive Cici than Vicki and Pamela. They were friends but not him. I said oh you don't want to say that Jesus tells us that were supposed to forgive one another. He forgives us does and 80 and she said yes I know they teach me that in Sunday school and at school, but I don't understand it. What I'd really like to do is kick him and I said yes that's the way we are, but God wants us to be different and you know that's true if you look in your own heart. Honestly, when you're offended, you'll find that the kick the other person is what you would most like to do often what I would most like to do yet we must not do it. In fact, we must even come to the point at which we ask God to change our hearts and our minds so that we will not even want to do it. If we do God will change our minds.
We shall be transformed within by the renewing of our minds. We will find it possible to do what before hand. We would've judged impossible.
Moreover, did you know the God says that this will be possible for you, even if the other person does not return the favor maintains a white-hot temperature of anger against you really does rewrite through Paul in Romans saying dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place on the wrath for its written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord therefore fine enemy hunger, feed in the feet first, give him drink for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
What is a short paragraph mean simply means that we are not to retaliate against wrongs done to ourselves. But where to step aside and let the wrath of man work even if it means our harm. If you should be saying to yourself, what they will do me harm.
The answer is vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord. In other words, God says that if we live as he intends us to live the wrath of man will come when it comes he himself promises to protect our interests.
He may protect them here.
We may not see how they are protected and till we get to heaven, but we shall get to heaven. There those who have lived as Christ lives shall be vindicated in the presence of the whole universe being not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. It is a most difficult statement.
In fact it's an impossible statement of the heart of man is unchanged. But God will change the heart we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ and asked him to transform it in our father. We acknowledge that we are all far too inclined to judge our lives by our own standards and not by your own. We ask for help honestly to face your standards of behavior for your children. Where there is wrath and anger. We ask that you will give victory by the love than grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, who lives within. We pray in Jesus name, amen. You're listening to the Bible study hours featuring the teaching of Dr. James Boyce.
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Thank you for your faithful support and we are indeed grateful that you listen to the Bible study our as you reach out to us. Be sure to mention the call letters over dial position of the radio station your hearing or if you're listening online. Take note of the website address. Knowing how you connect with the Bible study our will help us serve you better by Mark Daniels. It's been said that sex is the cornerstone of mass persuasion and certainly in today's world. Mass media uses the lure of sex to glamorize the pursuit of pleasure. Join Dr. James Boyce next time as he compares the world's view of sex with God's view and how God instructs us to live in a sexually debased society. The Christian is called to freedom by Christ. Yes, but it's a freedom to follow Christ. We are to be like him. As Christians at CU taught not only that adultery is wrong, but even that the impure thoughts that preceded her wrong the same way were called to love but the love to which we are called is Christ love a love link to knowledge, discipline, discernment and discrimination are several reasons why the new morality is in adequate, even apart from Christ teachings.
For one thing, it's impossible to define a situation limited as we are by time and by partial knowledge, a couple in the backseat of a car may decide that intercourse outside of marriage will not hurt them and that no one else need no but they cannot be sure that it will not hurt them, and they cannot foresee the consequences. In spite of these criticisms, however, the new morality contributes to the ethical climate of our day and to a far larger degree reflects it in the cry if it feels good do it has almost become the watchword of our age. Is this standard right is it time for such freedom. As Christians we must say no but at the same time we must acknowledge honestly. As CS Lewis and said that the Christian standard is so difficult and so contrary to our instincts. The obviously something is wrong with us personally and with our society. In other words, we must acknowledge that we are all sinners, even after conversion and we are not automatically free from the Tory is over or even innocent of the world's version of sex because of its next time on Bible study our preparing you to think and act biblically