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Matthew 5:21-26

– "But I Say to You..." –

Southgate Alliance Church, June 7, 2020



“Imagine walking on a dusty road in Galilee some summer, meeting up with a small band of youngsters, led by a young man. The man’s presence catches your attention: he talks, the others listen, respond, argue, obey—care what he says, follow him. You don’t know who the man is, but you do know he makes a difference to the people with him and to nearly everybody he meets. People respond, some with anger, some with admiration, a few with genuine faith. But no one walks away uninterested in the man and the things he says and does.”


The Messenger and His Message

  • Jesus presented as the King bringing his kingdom
  • Jesus is the One who fulfills the Law
  • Jesus has authority to command righteousness from us.

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things through whom also he created the word.” Hebrews 1:1-2


The Murderous Nature of Anger

  • Jesus says that anger is just as liable as murder

Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image”

  • Any attack against the image of God is liable to the same judgement
  • All forms of judgment are given their authority by God.
  •  Jesus is condemning anger against all people, but especially anger that pointed towards a brother or sister in Christ.
  •  Jesus is condemning anger that is concerned with the self.

“In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was angry, and his face fell. The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:3-7

  • Jesus himself became angry, but the example of the temple is not meant to be used as justification for all anger.

"When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed."  1 Peter 2:23–24


The Urgency of Restoration

  • God does not accept ceremony over integrity
  • Jesus also holds us responsible for our brother’s response to us
  • True worship requires a clear conscience before all people
  • There is an urgency for reconciliation in order to restore worship

"The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings." Luke 16:8–9


  • Be quick to hear and slow to speak
  • Do not be persuaded to accept an entire world view at the expense



Matthew 5:21-26

– "But I Say to You..." –

Southgate Alliance Church, June 7, 2020


Read Matthew 5:21-26

How would you describe both the message and the messenger in the Sermon on the Mount?

What does Jesus mean by saying, “You have heard that it was said… but I say to you”? There are two parts to this statement.

What kind of authority is Jesus claiming to have with these words? Refer to Matthew 5:20; 48; 7:21-23

What were the Pharisees guilty of doing by simply saying that murder was liable to judgement?

What is Jesus doing by saying that anger is liable to the same judgment?

How does Genesis 4 and 9:6 help us understand what Jesus is saying?

What is Jesus saying about personal relationships in vv 23, 24?

How does personal animosity between Christians affect the worship of God?

What is Jesus saying about reconciliation in vv 25, 26?