• Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Lent – Day 14 – A Study Of Matthew 5

Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.” Matthew 5:25 {NKJV]

“Or say you’re out on the street and an old enemy accosts you. Don’t lose a minute. Make the first move; make things right with him. After all, if you leave the first move to him, knowing his track record, you’re likely to end up in court, maybe even jail. If that happens, you won’t get out without a stiff fine.” Matthew 5:25-26 [The Message]

One of the important things that characterizes Jesus’ teaching is that it is practical and at some point it touches on every important aspect of our human lives. To some things the Word speaks directly and simply, as in the Ten Commandments for example. Each is a direct simple statement of right and wrong behavior. In other messages it is more nuanced but still easy to understand. For example, He says, “Give and it shall be given unto to you.” [Luke 6:38] He didn’t say to whom or how much, when or under what circumstances. He just said. “Give.” He also said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Then the ruler of the synagogue asks, “Who is my neighbor?”

Jesus answers with the story of the Good Samaritan and leaves it to the ruler to answer the question for himself, who is neighbor to the man who was robbed, beaten and left for dead? [Luke 10:25-37]

While there are those who argue that if Jesus did not specifically preach a message on a specific topic it means that topic was not that important to Him, but there is no doubt that the Scriptures to which Jesus continually refers throughout His teaching speaks clearly to every aspect of our lives, individually and in relationship with others. Prosperity, good success and fulfillment are all found in the Word of God, needing no other source to sustain life.

Here Jesus teaches the principle of resolving issues before they snowball into something that would easily get out of control. Going to a secular court to resolve an issue where guilt is undeniable can only insure that the fullest extent of the law will be executed against you. Whereas, doing your best to resolve the matter between you and your adversary before the matter comes to a trial is far better for everyone concerned.

Simply stated when you know you are in the wrong, don’t take a defensive, arrogant posture and think you can beat the system and “get away with it.” Admit your guilt and do what you must do to resolve the matter between you and your accuser. Though you may have to make restitution you are still better off than having a harsh sentence declared against you for all that you owe and then some.

Why did Jesus even bring up the subject? Why is it so important? Because all debt is bondage and God does not want His people bound to anyone other than Himself.

“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7

The slave does not decide if he will obey his master, if he will work today or what jobs he will and will not do. His master commands and he submits to his bidding or else suffers grave consequences. The borrower doesn’t determined the terms of his debt, when or how much he will repay or at what interest. The Lender decides and the borrower is bound by his signature to the Lender to do his bidding.

So, Jesus teaches us to get ourselves unbound from every bondage of debt as quickly as possible negotiating whatever settlement we can to fulfill and to payoff the debt, to make restitution, to settle whatever the matter may be before it has to go before a judge who will have no mercy and is bound to condemn us to the letter of the law.

God wants you free, and free indeed!!!

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