Judgement for murder, anger without cause, saying racca or morros
Matthew 5:21, 22 -
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: 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.
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Today's Manna is Matthew 5:21,22 and in it Jesus is adding 3 factors that will cause us to be judged as we would be judged for murder. In other words the Lord is telling us that these offences are as serious as murder. We may not have murdered any person but think of it we may be regularly doing one of these equally serious offences without realizing.
The 3 which Jesus added are:-
1) Anger without cause
2) Calling someone Racca
3) Calling someone 'you fool' or 'Morros'
1) Many of us land up almost daily getting angry. The Lord does not say anywhere anger is a sin or bad but warns about keeping anger as dangerous. In today's message He goes to the extent of telling us getting angry against another brethren without cause is like murder. How many times do we get angry without confirming if that person is wrong and we are justified in our anger? Think of it if we are wrong we would be committing an offence as serious as murder.
2) The second point is calling someone Racca. Some translations put this as 'rascal', which means a mischievous person, but the scripture does not mean that. The word Racca means empty or senseless. It refers to a person been called as one without a soul or heart. Telling a brethren as not having a heart or soul is an offence as serious as murder. We know out of our anger how many times we use the term 'heartless' and it means the same as Racca. Using this term against another believer or even another child of God who has not yet come to know the Lord is like doing a murder.
3) The third point is calling someone 'morros' and again this word is wrongly translated here in most translations. The word does not mean you fool, we find Jesus also used the term you fool in Luke 11:40 towards His followers and the Greek word He used is 'aphron'. Jesus again uses the same term 'you fool' (Greek word 'anoetos') in Luke 24:25 towards his followers. Paul also uses the term 'you fool' in his letters to Romans, Corinthians and Ephesians.
Calling someone as unwise or foolish is not a serious offence and is a discernment that one does according to one's wisdom. The word moros (from where the English word moron comes) has two ways in which one can use it one as senseless / emptying of understanding and other with reference to its root word 'musterion' which means having another / mysterious spirit.
We need to understand how serious an offence it is when we call another believer or child of God as being possessed or having another spirit or being Godless and being wrong on it. It is not that a person who once believed in Christ cannot forsake the Lord and have another spirit operating in him or her. But the Lord warns us if we are wrong in any way then we have committed an offence as serious as murder.
Let us be alert not to let anger come into us without cause and let us be careful as to the words that we speak especially against another believer. Let us be careful when we use words like 'heartless'. 'moron' or 'you devil', and make sure we do not use them against any believer.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You said in your Word a person who holds one tongue also keeps one's soul from danger. Lord, help us to take control of our tongue and also of our emotions. Help us not use lose words or lose control on our anger and get angry against anyone without cause especially against another brethren. Forgive us for the times we have done this without understanding and let us not be put to judgment...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Luke 11:40 Ye fools [aphron], did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?
Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools [anoetos], and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools [anoetos],
1 Corinthians 4:10 We fools [morros emphasising being empty] for Christ's sake, but ye wise in Christ; we weak, but ye strong; ye honourable, but we despised.
2 Corinthians 11:19 For ye suffer fools [aphron] gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.
Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools [asophos - unwise], but as wise,
Matthew 23:17 Ye fools [morros] and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
Matthew 23:19 Ye fools [morros] and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift
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