Live and let live

Posted on 15 Dec 2019, Pastor: Rev Hans Vaatstra

Reading: Matthew 5:17-26
Text: Exodus 20:13
Live and let live


17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not [a]the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches [b]others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever [c]keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Personal Relationships

21 “You have heard that [d]the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be [e]liable to the court.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be [f]guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘[g]You good-for-nothing,’ shall be [h]guilty before [i]the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be [j]guilty enough to go into the [k]fiery hell. 23 Therefore if you are presenting your [l]offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your [m]offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your [n]offering. 25 Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last [o]cent.

13 “You shall not murder.