SERMON APPLICATION QUESTIONS
- Why is it important to understand that the law requiring “an eye for and a tooth for a tooth” was given to the civil government and not to the individual? (Ex. 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:20-21)
- To whom does vengeance belong? (Deut. 32:35/Romans 12:19)
- What God-ordained institution has God ordained to carry out vengeance upon the evil of society? (Romans 13:1-4; 1 Peter 2:13-14)
- In our text, Jesus is not overthrowing the proper use of civil law when it relates to wrongs done to the individual but to taking the law into our own hands. Discuss the difference between the two.
- Apply the above principle to the following examples:
- A victim of sexual or physical abuse
- Someone who has been robbed
- Someone who has been physically assaulted.
- Since a “slap on the face” was not life threatening nor did it rise to physical abuse but rather it was a form or practice of personal insult, discuss how “turning the other cheek” keeps things from escalating into more severe actions (verse 38).
The underlying principle of someone suing you for your “tunic” and giving them your “cloak” means we are to go over and beyond when it comes to recompensing those whom we have wronged (verse 40).
- Walking the extra mile refers to the Roman practice of commandeering whereby a Romans soldier had the right by law to secure someone’s help in carrying supplies, etc., up to a mile. Why does the Lord teach us to go the extra mile (verse 41)?
- How does interpreting Scripture by Scripture keep us from unrealistic extremes when it comes to people asking you for money (verse 42)? See also Proverbs 11:15, 17:18, 22:26, 2 Thess. 3:10.
- Tying in Pastor Rick’s message of last week on loving one’s enemies, discuss how such actions of loving those who may try to take advantage of us fits into personal evangelism.