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.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by pcarr:RandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:5:38 @ Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth;

kjv@Matthew:5:39 @ 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.

kjv@Matthew:5:40 @ And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

kjv@Matthew:5:41 @ And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

kjv@Matthew:5:42 @ Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Today's notes: Resist Not Evil


(see also: kjv@Exodus:21:22-27 kjv@Leviticus:24:19 kjv@Deuteronomy:19:16-21 )

Note: Proper context not only references back to what has already been discovered, but forward several passages to what this passage means to those passages yet to come. One important context to foretell is that the multitude present at this sermon will leave this evening astounded by the teaching and perceived authority of Jesus, but none will understand this collection for what Jesus means of it until much later after His death and resurrection and imparting of the Holy Spirit. We might all read this passage thinking that we know what it is that He is talking about, but do we really?

What is man believing/doing?:

We come to one of the most quoted passages of the bible. The fact that men of different world faiths and persuasions can come to a proximity of conclusion as to it's meaning should alert us to the fact that the interpretation is being manufactured by what is right in our majority eye not God's. If I were to start my inquiry from the frame of mind that man's own form of righteousness is close to God's only needing tweaked or strengthened I can guarantee a conclusion along the lines of the standard near universal interpretation of rising above the impulse toward vengeance or retaliation. If I were to begin rather from the conceptualization that man's righteousness is nothing even approaching God's and that man's effort other than in Deliverer Jesus Christ is incapable of doing that which would help himself most (even seemingly the the simplest thing such as this), the conclusion I would end up at would be vastly different and greatly upset the majority that thinks to have figured this teaching out.

For most readers, the focus of the passage is on what the believer is doing (or not doing shall we say); emulate that and you will be a better person. For the disciple the object isn't to become a better person (a better version of what they already are), it is to find and depend upon Christ's righteousness in this present situation. The reader's focus should rather be on what the rest of the characters are doing to Christ's disciple while exercising their own presumed righteousness.

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

Why would the disciple be struck on the cheek? Because he stands for something that the self righteous man abhors, the suggestion that none are righteous but one: Christ. Why would the disciple be sued at the law? Because the present interpretation of the law is unquestionably advantageous to the self righteous; the law as interpreted by men who profess to and teach eye for an eye. What happened then to eye for an eye? It got over taken by what was right in the self righteous eye, it is being used to hinder/agitate the disciples way.

For the disciple there is no immediate remedy that can be made, the numbers typically are vastly against him, but a statement can be made that he remains committed to the obedience of the Lord Jesus despite of this. Consider that the disciple might be in the right in the present situation, his obligation to righteousness however is not to press his right but to obey the command of his Lord.


eye for eye - mischief of either party after court judgment strkjv@Exodus:21:22-27; scaring of a neighbor strkjv@Leviticus:24:19; by judges as judgment of false witness kjv@Deuteronomy:19:16-21

There is a much broader biblical context in the Old Testament for God being the avenger for His saints rather than the saints being for God or themselves. Eye for an eye has been held by many as the standard, but Jesus' sense here seems to be more like the standard intended all along.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. The base human nature is to stand against wrong and make every point to clearly emphasize that such behavior will not be tolerated and avenge the wrongfully injured. What happens however when right and wrong is turned inside out and owned by people working against the righteousness of our Lord? The behaviors not tolerated are the behaviors most needing to be spiritually present and the wrongfully injured are those who are injuring the saintly at every turn.
  2. True followers in a just world would have no worry as to the legal system, but because of the way the system has been used against them historically they have every reason to be concerned and aware, just as Jesus had reason to make this issue one of His top sermon bullet points. His speech is not towards how we work against it, but how we continue on despite it.

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