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September 5, 2020 2:00 am
People are getting away with murder every day! I don't just mean the violent, premeditated and vicious slaying of innocent lives but also by deep seated attitudes of hatred and spite. Murder has always been a problem with our race but there's something much deeper and more profound than the act of taking a life. Today and next week we will examine this commandment and it's ramifications into several areas of society.
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The attitude and I know you seen it before. It's the attitude that says okay I'll forgive you, but I'll never forget at all please spare me the words that that's abroad, we commit murder by this definition, we do.
Anybody who harbors a grudge so spiteful, gossiping things tear down another person deep in the heart because murder exists. Think about rarely, if ever, what we think about combining somebody who's angry at another person like this is described in murder and say the same thing. Jesus says it is one begins the other.
The attitude begins the action. The psychologist of in raw that may surprise you but after years of encouraging people to express their anger and let it all out scientist and psychologist are discovered.
It's actually harmful.
That's right, expressing your anger is actually very satisfying to our brains, but once we began, we tend to keep all with figuring lot are expressions of our lab now to the hearing.
Connect with Skip weekend edition Skip Heitzigs. It reminds us that while anger is part of our emotional makeup can lead to murder in the long run God's top 10 is our latest we can teach you soon in minutes. Skip takes a look at the 10 Commandments it helps us see how they work for us today before we begin today we want to invite you to wait Skip Heitzigs of your social media for regular updates, photos, encouragement, and more like them on Facebook follow him on Twitter read into your Instagram now this update from our connect with Skip resources. I've enjoyed watching the growth in the ministry of my friend Levi Lustgarten this month's connect with Skip resource. Take back your life book by Levi Lesko personally bided tell you about it, it's all around this idea. Taking back your life is a 40 day interactive journey thinking right so you can live right.
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True story and first of all in India. If there are any traffic laws. Nobody knows them. This bus drivers going on the street and there's a cow crossing the street lot animals on the streets, cows, camels, and a man crossing the street. By the time the bus driver has the presence of mind to make a decision and he had to make one. He's after their one direction or the other. Running into the man or into the cow to go one direction of the other.
What should he choose he ran right into the man killing him instantly because in Hindu philosophy and theology.
A cow is a higher level of life than a human being, a person's view of life determines how they view death is a will that so backwards and so wrong. You're right in that odd how in our country. Human life is being devalued and animals get more rights than anybody else. Anything else now would you turn with me to Matthew chapter 5 sermon on the Mount working and here Matthew chapter 5, we looked at the premise of this commandment, which is life is sacred.
We look at the problem with this commandment, that is, the man is sinful, or to file. Now let's look at the passion that is against or opposed to this commandment not to notice in Matthew chapter 5 the Jesus bring some clarity to this very commandment were reading verse 21 Matthew chapter 5. You have heard that it was said to those of old, you shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment, 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 rock shall be in danger of the council. Kino semiregular. I'm glad that I never said that. But whoever says you fool, shall be in danger of hell fire while Jesus certainly widens the definition of murder, dummy, and the consequences of murder here is saying it's more than a civil issue. I'm telling you it's a spiritual issue you think it's simply an action that begins in the hands I'm telling you it's an attitude that begins in the heart. What happens in the heart will be seen in the hands what you believe about another person may be shown by what you do but it all begins whether acted on or not in the heart to think that when Jesus said this. That crowd was blown away a bit about that pointed out all right.
We get to hear Jesus who now they suddenly realized he just accused all of us of being murderers because it says if you're angry with your brother without a cause and is true to slander somebody made in God's image is to slander God hear about the eight-year-old boy's mom picked them up from school in the afternoon, driving them home. The little boy on the way home said hey mom was all the idiots she said. I paid your pardon what you mean all the idiots goes yeah on the way to school today.
Dad's item 8 times in one day. That little eight-year-old boy got a lesson from his father and how he views other people how he views life, what he thinks and is willing to say about other people who are on the road now Jesus speaks about anger. He says, verse 22 I say to you whoever is angry with his brother without a cause, indulge me for just a moment I want to give you just a little language lesson. The Greek language. The typical word for anger would be the word through Moss. It's a very common word through moss we get the term thermal from think of a volcano, where it heats up and erupts at the typical Greek word through moss a means to have a flareup, a rage and emotional outburst that is not the word that is used here. It is not through moss.
It is not a I interruption a rage is the word, or get so and this is what the word means a brooding, seething, nurtured anger, a brooding, seething, nurtured anger, we would translate that a grudge against someone. It's the attitude, and I know you've seen it before.
It's the attitude that says okay I'll forgive you, but I'll never forget. Oh please spare me the words them. That's a garage do we commit murder by this definition, we do. Anybody who harbors a grudge says, spiteful, gossiping things to tear down another person deep in the heart is because murder exists. Think about it.
Rarely, if ever, would we think about combining somebody who's angry at another person like this is described in murder and say the same thing. Jesus says it is one begins the other. The attitude begins the action so can't believe it. I'm not a murderer but ever in your life if you ever even thought I hate that person or I wish they were dead. You've even said that you didn't going tell him that you're afraid of consequences were you lack the opportunity, but it doesn't let you off the hook still guilty. It's interesting to how we justify our grudges. We justify our hatred and I discovered something about murderers. They do that to even the worst murderers have reasons for the REIT what why they did it add off Hitler had what he thought were rational reasons why he would kill 6 million Jewish people and he convinced a whole slew of people with those reasons. The people who dispatch the Crusaders toward Jerusalem to also commit that kind of genocide had their rationale every jihadist today as a reason why they would strap dynamite on and blow up themselves an innocent children and women. Is this kind of self deceit.
The Jesus is coming against anger and the heart.
Let's finish up today let's let's come to a conclusion by finishing also with the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let's just go on in verse 23. Here now is the remedy. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar. Go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift agree with your adversary quickly while you're on the way with him. Lester adversary deliver you to the judge.
The judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there until you have paid the last penny on the call this act of forgiveness. That's the remedy active forgiveness. Jesus said if you're angry without a cause. Your guilty, therefore many tells us we do about it after forgiveness, as opposed to passive forgiveness, passive forgiveness, somebody hurt you work you heard them.
Whatever whatever it it almost like you don't want to deal with. You got a deal with three ways three steps active forgiveness number one admitted admitted. If you don't admit there's a problem. Never fix so here here's the here's the idea. There's a guy he's at the altar in Jerusalem. His hands, or raise he's singing I love you Lord is bringing his land to be sacrificed and suddenly he remembers a thought comes to his mind. There's somebody out there really mad at me angry with me.
I've stumbled him and I know about so you have to, as you remember it. That's the first step admitted. You know, it's funny how many people even in counseling. Don't admit there's a problem.
Here's a typical scenario man and woman come the counseling office. Here's man's posture while I'm glad you guys came in. What is the problem.
I don't have a problem, but she does wait a minute. Last time I checked the two shall become one flesh.
I.e. if she has a problem. You have a problem. You both have a problem, admit it when you admit it, then you can fix it so that step number one admitted step number two. Correct it. Notice, Jesus says, go your way. Interesting somebody's coming to worship God says go away go away. I'm here to worship there's a problem you have another person or Lord.
You see, my heart, forgive me go away. First be reconciled. Then come and offer your gift. You remember this in school your math teacher taught you the shortest distance between two points is a it's not true it's not true it's true in math. It's not true in theology sometimes the shortest distance between you and God is another person, you can't just say I don't want to deal with that of the person all but Lord you know my heart open. Lord I love you God says go away, get it right you want to come closer to me you come to me through that reconciliation with another person. Ladies and gentlemen. Sometimes the best things to enhance a worship service isn't better music or better preaching that we could have better preaching. However, you want to enhance worship get better relationships get better relationships when you have better relationships with other people in your free as Paul said from the blood of all men worship the sweet you've done all that you can do to bring reconciliation is no heavier weight that you can carry around in a pack of grudges story about Leonardo da Vinci. He was painting his most famous work, the Last Supper and he was having an argument with somebody in town. It was a flareup. You mean he lost his temper and words were exchanged. He was angry and he went back to painting the Last Supper will he happen to be painting the most delicate part of the whole picture, which was the face of Jesus Christ.
And he discovered he couldn't do it.
Couldn't do it.
He pick up a brush and start the fine lines he wanted to be perfect and he thought I don't have the freedom to paint the Lord Jesus face put down his brushes went and found the person talked it out reconciled that he felt. I've corrected it.
I can do the Lord's work admitted corrected.
There's 1/3 step active forgiveness expedite it. Notice what it says your to go and do it quick play quickly or urgently. Don't allow bitterness or anger to develop and see them boil up and give you more reasons why you should nurture that hold onto it. What Paul said in Ephesians 4B angry and sin not, do not let the sun go down on your wrath were his words. Don't let a day go by Paul would say loosely translated where you gonna let that anger build up yet again. Where is Phyllis Diller would spin it never go to bed mad, stay up and fight. You know there's some wisdom in that. Better to be honest and confront the problem and deal with and come to an understanding then go to bed and keep it to yourself on dealt with admitted corrected expedite. So we have learned today that murder is a sin because were created by God and were created in the image of God. Thus, to murder is to defy God's purpose we learn that there's no problem with the commandment of the standard, but there is a problem with mankind who has frequently incessantly throughout history as a legacy broken that we've also learned that it's more than just an act.
It's an attitude and the attitude always precedes the act and finally we have learned that anytime we buy words or anger tear down or destroy another person. It serious and we must deal with it.
In fact, no one gets away with murder, even if you've never committed it, but you hated that person you'll never get away with because it will destroy you. You're the one that will get hurt the worst.
Is it just eats away at your spiritual life was a very creative teacher at a college Christian college front of the classroom. The teacher put up a big target and the teacher said to each student. Today I want to draw a picture of somebody you know like you're angry at your mad Adam broader picture. And there was a whole bunch of darts on a table at the front of the classroom there were to draw pictures, and one girl drew a picture of another girl that stole her boyfriend one young student drew a picture of his younger brother.
Some put great detail into their drawings teacher at them all stand up. Put the pictures on top of the bull's-eye said not throw darts at those people you're angry at Greg Amana will students not this is terrific. I mean they were launching those darts some violently ripping to shreds the target, laughing as they went. Ha ha ha they were all done they set down the teacher took the darts out took the drawings off, took the target off and underneath the target was a huge picture of the face of Jesus Christ.
The student sat down in the classroom, fell into a hush as they looked at the mangled face of Jesus that they had created in the teacher the last thing he did of that class was right up on the chalkboard the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. Inasmuch as you have done it to one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it to me so murder is a sin. We know that the anger that perpetuates that murder is sinful, hurts the body of Christ hurts the cause of Christ eat us alive. Forgiveness and reconciliation are vital to overcoming the anger that lives in us we find those in a relationship with Jesus. I hope you will take time to explore the love and forgiveness that he has for you today well. I'm so glad you're able to name today for connect with Skip weekend edition teaching you heard today was part to getting away with murder and Skip and when you have a few more things I like to share with us today so it's going studio now when you this is a really interesting topic. Thou shalt not murder and you talk about how some people can get away with murder in this lesson because the New Testament said some extra light on where weeks murder begins and it begins in the heart and it says if if a man should hate someone in their heart.
It's as though they committed murder and so forgiveness for some of our audience. For some of us from time to time is a really difficult topic to deal with so you have some recommendations on where to start. Yeah will you know Jesus said love your enemies and that's a tall order because I remember somebody coming to me talking about her husband who divorced her and she looked back and she said he said you know she said he's not my husband and he's not this and is not that, and she said he's my enemy and I said well you know Jesus did say love your enemies, and she looked puzzled and she said will, how do I do that I civil I'm glad you asked because he said right after that to pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, and I said, I guarantee if you put your ex-husband on your prayer list every day.
The feelings you have for him maybe not today but eventually they'll change you won't be able to bring that before your Lord and still be better at him. You can it be sympathetic toward handwritten might be more understanding but but just bring him in prayer before the Lord just commit that you'll do that and then watch how those feelings will change. It's pretty amazing. I think that a lot of us think feelings just happen, and they doubt our feelings come from, what were thinking and said she was thinking all these things, which made her feel very adverse link just has horrible impact on you and so many ways and if you can change the way you think transform by renewing your mind and what you're asking her to do that.
I think sometimes we can do that with our mouth that says bless those who curse you and bless in a curse, not right. I love the idea that if you can exercise that self-control in the Lord and someone does something untoward and you blast them or say something kinder you let someone cut in our can I pray for you. It takes them so unaware that it turns the table quickly left answer turns away wrath across such a huge paradigm shift that most people are use to tit for tat or attack a war that if you can, you know, responded the opposite spirit and give blessing instead of curse it.
It's amazing what that does to a dynamic.
It is powerful. It does change the dynamic thanks M you for those thoughts of this very important topic and part of her latest series, God's top 10. You can add this series to your audio library right now. Get all 17 teachings bundled is an audio CD package for only $39 plus shipping. Or if you prefer to get each teaching individually. Also.com 12 murder is wrong.
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