… OR the new and improved ten commandments?
I am still plugging along. The mere fact that I am still reading the bible and journaling, or blogging as the case may be, is testament to a close-knit group of Christians of which I am happy to be a part. If I was doing this on my own, I would have been at least two days behind on this by now. I know some of them read this. Thank you, without you, I wouldn’t have even started on this journey.
Now on to the nitty-gritty, First a quick recap of where I am in Genesis, Lot and Abram. If I read this right, they had to split and go their separate ways because they were growing too large for the land to support them both. They both chose a path and took, leading Lot close to Sodom and Gomorrah. Due to a war, poor Lot was snatched up and taken to the mountains after the city fell, only to be brought back by his brother. The King of Sodom recognized him and apologized. Now, on to the title of the post. 🙂
Jesus comes to us, cleansed, having past the temptations, and in perfect love for his fellow man. He preaches to us our many blessings and how we can attain them, giving us hope, and new guidelines by which to conduct our lives. He tells us to shine by doing good works and doing them in His Father’s name. He explains that this will glorify God in the Highest. I couldn’t agree more with this I did a blog post on this a while back, which you can find here. It is one of my favorite verses.
However, we begin to read how Jesus is revamping the commandments. Let’s start with the first one:
21 Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
This is pretty straight forward and easy to follow. Just don’t kill, and you won’t break this one. Simple, but, here is how Jesus has ramped it up a bit.
22 but I say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of the hell of fire.
He has added a twist in order to make those who follow him walk a more Godly path. So now, not only is it against God to kill your fellow man, but, if I am reading this right, it is also against God to rage and threaten your fellow man, and if you insult your fellow man (Raca is a Jewish term for “worthless”), it’s against God as well. *sighs* Talking about making it a little harder to walk the path. Thinking back on all the times that I have gotten angry with someone to the point of raging at them and calling them names, makes me cringe. We all have wrath within us, and after the fact, after we have yelled, screamed, threatened, insulted, and hollered at the person, we feel horrible, at least I do. I start thinking about how to make it right, smooth it back over, and fix the situation. I am getting better at catching myself as time goes on, but I still have my moments, don’t you?
Until Next Time, God Bless you,