Sermon February 16, 2014

Sermon February 16, 2014

Matthew 5:21-37

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, `You    shall not murder’; and `whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I    say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be    liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be    liable to the council; and if you say, `You fool,’ you will be liable to the    hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you    remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your    gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or    sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your    accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand    you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown    into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid    the last penny.

“You have heard that it was said, `You shall not commit adultery.’ But I      say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already      committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to      sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of      your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your      right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better      for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into      hell.

“It was also said, `Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a      certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his      wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery;      and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, `You      shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the      Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is      the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by      Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your      head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be `Yes,      Yes’ or `No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.

 

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Author: St. Anne's Episcopal Church

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