Matthew 5: You have heard it said…but I tell you…

5 May

Computer was down for a week getting fixed and got caught up doing other things. Back to the attempted routine of blogging every day through the book of Matthew. Today is May 5th so that means Matthew Chapter 5.

Jesus is just coming off the heels of telling backwoods, poor, and spiritually under privileged people that their righteousness must exceed those with all the benefits, great family heritage, influence and teaching. And the reason he can say this with a straight face to the under privileged is because his view of righteousness is dramatically different from the one which was being offered:

In regards to anger in verse 21 he is going to say “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago,…But I tell you…
In regards to lust in verse 27 hs is going to say “You have heard that it was said…But I tell you…
In to marriage and divorce in verse 31 he is going to say “It has been said…But I tell you…
In regards to our words In verse 33 he is going to say “Again, you have heard it said to the people long ago…But I tell you…
In regards to revenge in verse 38 he is going to say, ‘You have heard that it was said…But I tell you…
In regards to our enemies in verse 43 he is going to say, “You have heard that it was said…But I tell you…

I’m going to be spending the summer going through Matthew 5-7 and unpack these thoughts with Ecclesia but for now I think Frederick Buechner nails down how different Jesus was to his world and is to ours.

“If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business. The world says, Follow the wisest course and be a success, and Jesus says, Follow me and be crucified. The world says, Drive carefully — the life you save may be your own — and Jesus says, Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. The world says, Law and order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get and Jesus says, Give. In terms of the world’s sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who thinks he can follow him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under a cross than under a delusion.”
-Frederick Buechner

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