The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:5:21 @ 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;

kjv@Matthew:5:22 @ 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.

kjv@Matthew:5:23 @ Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

kjv@Matthew:5:24 @ Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

kjv@Matthew:5:25 @ Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

kjv@Matthew:5:26 @ Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

Today's notes: Angry Adversaries


Note: A great deal of human intellect and prowess past and present has sifted through the various concepts of killing and murder and anger in order to make interpretation as to what is right or wrong. This is a point in our context where we are to begin considering what is meant by a righteousness exceeding that of the ultra zealous Hebrew Pharisee and Scribe. Remember that Jesus is placing our consideration in the immediate context of what their long standing and highly collaborate/synthesized traditions prescribe; prescriptions shockingly that will allow them to murder even the Son of God in order to maintain what they themselves feel that tradition dictates.

What is man believing/doing?:

Man is in a habit of manufacturing his own form of righteousness according to what is right in his own eyes, even borrowing from scripture to do so. The first place Jesus predicts that man's righteousness will fail is on the point of murder; man will always find a means of justifying it. This can be observed not only in the actual political charade surrounding His own murder, it can be further examined in the well documented manner these men took leading up to the decision to murder Him. They would not go to Him direct to attempt to settle/remove their angst against Him, they would work around Him in order to destroy Him, at the same time rushing to the alter to present their gifts and sacrifices. It is not only the men and generation of that strange distant time that contoured righteousness into their own spastic mental gyrations, it is the people of our time that intellectually attempt to make Jesus suddenly non-exist in similar self righteous gift bearing fashion as well.

If this is so towards our Lord Jesus, then as the beatitudes previously mentioned, it will likely be evident against those who follow also suffering obediently in His name. Jesus identifies spiritual brothers at ought one with another; church history is sadly in complete agreement with such testimony.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

In part, we are looking at the failure of our own manufactured righteousness to reconcile. To add to the failure in this regard we add to that the ability to justify our inability to rightly reconcile. Not only does it not even make the effort, it often fails to see the need. This painful deficit in reconciliation can be suppressed via self justification aimed at other good or sacrificial works. If one can elevate themselves in the one regard they can become more comfortable with their more costly spiritual failings.

Though it tries occasionally (only with foreseeable personal advantage) at reconciliation on it's own scale, the righteousness of what is right in our own eyes is vastly insufficient being that it is never anything more than what is right in each individuals eye; that is a constantly changing target. Dispute on this mortal plain can never be fully placated, nor can that agreed upon resolve be trusted. Only the righteousness imported from God above has this type of sufficiency, therefore this consideration is our first indication of the "exceeding righteousness".


Recall that the first recorded murder was between two brothers attempting to make their religious sacrifice at the alter; one having extreme ought with the other. It is almost an exact shadow (foretelling) of what was about to be done upon Jesus.

Anger in the church is murder, the murder of the unity of brothers in Christ, often the murder of innocent bystanders caught in the spiritual crossfire (even to the splitting apart of congregations), the murder of the proper image on Christ within His believers amongst the public on lookers, etc... Separating one's self from the operation of God's righteousness/reconciliation in order to maintain one's own manufactured righteousness after all is the prime component of sin. Sin is death.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. The mind will agree to a simplistic definition of sins as long as any perceivable violation on it's part remains just beyond it's personal ability. If the line it has drawn is ever crossed over, it simply resets the line further beyond it's own reach or else pays for it's violation through it's own good works.
  2. Some minds will cherry pick this passage from the context it was meant to be regarded in and thus apply it to all forms of anger. Human anger and righteous anger however are derived from opposing forces. Few humans have been open to discerning between the two, fewer still have been able to separate themselves from the lesser form, but there is a stark difference to be considered as observed and declared in Jesus.

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