AN AUTOPSY ON MURDER
Good morning. If you would, please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew 5. This morning we will be reading verses 21-26. Last week we said that Jesus in this sermon on the Mount is acting as a lawgiver. And this morning we are going to be getting into some of the specific laws. Today we are going to deal with the 6th commandment, specifically. Thou shalt not murder.
But I just want to reinforce the idea of his being the ultimate lawgiver. In the following section, Jesus is going to use the phrase, “you have heard it said…but I say to you.” Now right there you should see the authority he is invoking. When he says, “But I say to you,” he’s setting himself out as the expert on the law. It is his word that is to take precedence over any other teaching out there.
You might even go so far as to say that he’s pulling out the Son of God card. In the OT we heard, “Thus says the Lord.” Now here in Jesus we are hearing “Thus says me (i.e. Jesus).” I don’t doubt that this might have raised a few eyebrows back at the time.
But we know that it is perfectly legitimate. Jesus is God in the flesh and his authority does have the final and ultimate say.
But knowing that this is the Word of God, let us then give our highest attention to it.