Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:1-26
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Stated in Exodus 21:23-25--injunctions for the judges and authorities of Israel. Originally given to prevent excessive punishment, warped to mean personal retaliation.
Romans 13:4—government has right to bear the sword.
Resist—stand against, oppose, get victory over. Don’t resist evil people, give in to them, let them take advantage of you.
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Cloak—outer garment often used as covering for night. It is better to yield your rights rather than insist on them. Give more than is demanded.
Compel—impressment into service. Submit to unreasonable demands without quarrel.
Ask/borrow—people who are not violent but still want what you have.
1 Corinthians 6—why not rather take the wrong.
don’t resist evil people, this will lead to you doing evil, but the evil one—the Devil
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Vigilant—keep awake, watch, something Peter didn’t do that one time!
Adversary—your opponent in a law suit!
Resist—get victory over this opponent at all costs. Stand and face him.
Knowing—this is an encouragement, the fact that Satan is attacking you is a sign you’re doing something right! You’re not alone! Hebrews 11
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Submit—stand under, as opposed to resist which is stand against.
Flee—He won’t keep coming at people who don’t give in to him.
If we have a problem with sin, have it with our own sin and have it with the Devil. Your problems with other people’s sins will lead to more of your own.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand [resist] in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Flesh and blood—against other humans or even yourself!
Wiles—armor protects against Satan’s strategies and assaults.
Wrestle—combat seeking to overthrow the other. People aren’t the problem; Satan is.
Rulers of this world—Satan’s minions rule this world. Satan is the god of this world.
Withstand—stand against, have victory over, not in you but in God’s provision for you properly applied and used. “Put on” “Take unto you” is something you do.
This is the Gospel; this is what Christ did for you. Take shots from people; God’s got you.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Oppressed—driven to a task by a taskmaster. Put pressure on.
Afflicted—let Himself be is the tense--browbeaten, depressed, bowed down with affliction.