A Higher Level

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Matthew 5:21-22

In the New Testament, we find a higher righteousness than that of the Old Testament.  In this passage, Jesus mentions that a righteousness higher than that of the Pharisees is needed.  The Pharisees had an outward righteousness that kept a strict outward adherence to the law and to their traditions.  But there is a higher level.

“Thou shalt not kill.”  That is a fairly simple commandment.  Don’t kill.  That is easy to follow.  It is an outward commandment.  There is no mention of attitude or heart.  Just don’t kill somebody.  You can “technically” hate people, make fun of them, mock them, and be an overall jerk to them.  You just can’t kill them.  The Pharisees had that one down.  They didn’t kill anybody.  They were “good” people.

But then Jesus comes along with something a little higher.  He tells the people that, not only are you not supposed to kill people, you aren’t suppose to even hate them.  You are not to be “angry with his brother without a cause.”  That is a far higher level of righteousness than that of the Pharisees.

Not killing somebody is one thing.  Not being angry at a brother without a cause is an entirely different animal.  That is not quite so easy to accomplish.  That is going to require some serious help.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Right Ben! And that help can only come through the cross! He is all my righteousness and He exceeds the Pharisees! Thank you Jesus!

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  2. What Pastor J said. 🙂 I need Jesus! Thank you, Ben and God bless you as you keep seeking Him!

    Reply

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