Oh, Mercy! 2


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Today I was reading in Matthew chapter 5.  I Love Matthew 5.  There is just so much jam-packed in that one little chapter I could spend forever studying it. Today I just spent a little time studying it, so I won’t be too long winded, don’t worry.  The part that really stood out to me was what Jesus has to say about murder.  Here is a short excerpt from Matthew 5 for you.

The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Murder

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. (Matthew 5:17-26, NIV)

 

I like how Jesus says to handle a quibble(I like that word. Quibble.) with a brother or sister.  I understand that all fellow believers are brothers and sisters in Christ, but I like the picture this wording paints in my mind.  He makes it so unbelievably simple for us.  That’s’ good, we need that… At least I do!

God is a giant daddy in the sky, and we are all just quarreling siblings.

  • Brother pulls sister’s hair in a moment of weakness.
  • Sister starts crying and gets up to tell dad
  • Brother realizes the error of his ways and says, “Sorry! Don’t tell dad. Here, you can give me a wedgie, then we’re even.”
  • Sister hoists brother into the air by his underpants.
  • All is forgiven – just as God intended.

He doesn’t want us to come running and tattling on one another. He wants us to work it out. Otherwise we both risk being punished.

Parents are disappointed when their children can’t work out an argument without parental intervention. Likewise, when Dad comes up the stairs and asks what all the screaming and crying is about, he is proud to hear, “Oh, nothing Dad.  We worked it out.”

Regardless of what you may believe, most dads don’t enjoy tanning their children’s hides. Believe it or not, there are other things he’d rather be doing! But Dad serves justice, and so does God, so let’s not go tattling to him.  If I’ve hurt you, and wedgie won’t satisfy you, let me know what will.  I’m sure we can work something out!


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2 thoughts on “Oh, Mercy!

  • Jessica

    I love it, wedgie and all! You made me smile, and it’s all so true. We talk about this passage with our girls, too, and when one comes to tattle, we ask if they really want to take it to the judge. Sometimes it is necessary, but often they will try one more time to work it out. And yes, as adults, we need to try to work it out too, before tattling to God (or to others–gossip).