Posts by John Longmire

Posts by John Longmire

Matthew 5:38-42

“You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you, don’t resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to the…

Matthew 5:33-37

“Again, you have heard that it was said to our ancestors,You must not break your oath, but you must keep your oaths to the Lord. But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all: either by heaven, because it is God’s throne; or by the earth, because it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. Do not swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black.…

Matthew 5:31-32

“It was also said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce. But I tell you, everyone who divorces his wife, except in a case of sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Matthew 5:31-32)   In Hebrew tradition, a man could divorce his wife simply by giving her a written notice and sending her away. As women could not own property, this could put them in a…

Matthew 5:27-30

“You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery. But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right-hand causes you to sin, cut it…

Matthew 5:23-26

So if you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Reach a settlement quickly with your adversary while you’re on the way with him to the court, or your adversary will hand you over to the judge, and the judge to…

Matthew 5:21-22

“You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Whoever insults his brother or sister, will be subject to the court. Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be subject to hellfire. (Matthew 5:21-22)   In the next part of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus quotes commandments and laws from the…

Matthew 5:20

For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)   The scribes were a religious order responsible for copying the scriptures and teaching them. The Pharisees were a religious order that sought to keep the laws of God through strict rules and traditions. The people respected both of them, but Jesus said that their religion was inadequate. In fact, he claimed that neither of…

Matthew 5:19

Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19)   There is a beautiful simplicity to the Christian life expressed in Jesus’ call to obedience. Our faith must be more than words and flowery sentiments. Jesus wants us to put our faith into practice. In…

Matthew 5:17-18

Don’t think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.  For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass away from the law until all things are accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18)   When Jesus began preaching, his opponents circulated the false report that his teaching was contrary to the Scriptures. So Jesus had to set the…

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)   The way that we live as believers has…