You have heard it said to the people long ago, “You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgement.” But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgement. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca’, is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ Will be in danger of the fire of hell.
As Pastor Brent walks us through the Ten Commandments we are seeing that when Jesus came to walk the earth, His teaching changed these Commandments from virtually impossible to keep to I would say certainly impossible. Why did He do that? I think so we would see how much we need Him; how much we should rely on Him. It proves, unequivocally, that we cannot live up to God’s without Him. Therefore we cannot reach God on our own. Jesus said it Himself in John 14:6 when He said, “No one comes to the Father except through me“.
The term raca, as Pastor Brent explained, is basically calling someone an idiot. “Empty headed” is a definition that I came across. When he was talking about this, what came to my mind is the times I will call myself these names. Have you ever done something and said to yourself, “You idiot!”? Well I certainly have. Especially when I do things that I am aware of the possibility of doing and while trying to avoid it, still manage to do them; that really gets under my skin.
But when we look at that from the context of Matt 5:22, we are in essence committing verbal suicide. God created my “inmost being” (Ps 139:13) and “in His image” (Gen 1:27). To call yourself an idiot is treating God’s creation with the same hatred that is the seed of murder. We certainly shouldn’t look at ourselves too highly and boast about anything but what God has done through us, but conversely to put ourselves down is to reject what God has done within us.
Dear Lord, please forgive me when I allow the acts of my flesh to overcome the Fruits of Your Spirit within me. In Jesus name, Amen!