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Gospel of Matthew – Retaliation

Our message continues our study of the Sermon on the Mount as we walk through the six different examples that Jesus uses to teach the proper understanding of the law of God, rather than the perverted law the Pharisees had made it out to be. In the week’s lesson, Jesus teaches about retaliation, and we cannot understand this without gaining understanding about the things Jesus’ hearers would have immediately been able to relate to. Yet these lessons have profound and very challenging practical application to all people of all ages. How do we respond to the offensive person? Is this a plea for pacifism? Do we lay down and become floor mats? We look at the topic of retaliation from [esvignore]Matthew 5:38-42[/esvignore]. Here is our outline:

1. Another radical command

2. Context

3. Four Illustrations

  • a. Your body: Turn the Other Cheek
  • b. Your clothing: Tunic and coat
  • c. Your service: The extra mile
  • d. Your money: The borrower

Public reading: [esvignore]Romans 12:9-21[/esvignore]; Benediction: [esvignore]Psalms 29:11[/esvignore]

Matthew 5:38-42

Romans 12:9-21

Psalms 29:11