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February 16, 2014
When we see this sign, immediately we knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » the messageThe Message of Transfiguration. Read more ... »:
The sign is a precaution for us in case of accident.
What is precaution? Merriam-Webster says “It is something that is done to prevent possible harm or trouble from happening in the future.” The Free Dictionary explains that precaution is “an action taken to avoid a dangerous or undesirable event.”
The following examples of JesusBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » were applicable in his timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », but the spiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of his teaching is equally applicable to us nowadays:
1. Precaution on Murder—Don’t Get Angry (vv.21-26).
In the time of Jesus he advised his listeners not to curse or insult (raka, fool), and reconcile with their enemyJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » or opponent before they offer giftsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » to GodPGF the Lord!. Read more ... ».
When we get angry we have the tendency to curse somebody, and/or hit somebody or anything. When we get mad we also punish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » ourselves. We destroyThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » ourselves—medically speaking.
Medical News Today explains that “Anger is not just a mental state of mind. It triggers an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Anger has survival benefits, and forms part of our fight or flight brain response to a perceived threat or harm. When a human or animal decides to take action to stop or confront a threat, anger usually becomes the predominant feeling and takes over our behavior, cognition and physiology.”
In other wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », anger might control us instead of us controlling it. So when we are controlled by our anger we might violate the will and laws613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » of God.
2. Precaution on Adultery—Don’t Stare (vv.27-32).
Jesus advised his listeners not to stare, and if they are tempted, “if your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away,” “if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you.” Jesus argued that “it is better for you to lose one of your body parts than to have your whole body go into hell.” Wow! Can we do that?
What do we mean by stare? When we look at someone or something for a long time with negative desires. Negative or evilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » desires will lead us to do negative things or actions.
Do you remember the storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » of KingThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » David and Bathsheba? The story of David’s seduction of Bathsheba is told in 2 SamuelGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » 11 but omitted in Chronicles. While David was walkingA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » on the roof of his palace, he saw Bathsheba, who was then the wifeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » of Uriah, having a bath. He immediately desired her and later made her pregnantThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... ». David wanted to conceal his sin so he summoned Uriah from the battle, and encouraged him to sleepThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » with his wife, but instead of doing that he preferred to stay with other soldiers in the palace. David devised an evil planHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » to send“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » Uriah to the front lines of the dangerous battle, so that he might be killed in the battle. Uriah died in the battle and David took Bathsheba as his wife. If you will read the whole story God was displeased in the action of David. Bathsheba’s child by David was struck with a severe illness“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » and died a few days after birthYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... », which the king accepted as his punishment.
3. Precaution on False Oaths—Don’t Swear (vv.33-37).
Swearing without intention of fulfilling will lead us to disaster or chaos—individually or communally.
Jesus gave us an example that swearing in marriage must be truthful. Even divorce613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » was allowed then, it was still adultery when you marry another womanJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... ». Jesus’s restrictive interpretation of the lawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » on divorce was allowing divorce, but they should not remarry–except on the ground of unchastity (porneia, harlotry, sexual immorality; Mt.19:9).
Nowadays we made a lot of swearing: in courts of justiceThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... », in ordination, in membership vows, marriage vows, moving up ceremonies in the schools, accepting new positions, accepting new jobs, or even in our daily non sense conversations.
The tendency is that swearing becomes plain ceremonial or ritual rather than commitment and oath before God. So watch out when we swear. It is better not to swear if we have no intention to fulfill it.
In the time of AbrahamGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... », oath was significant. It was a covenantYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » between the masterCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » and the servantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... ». In GenesisCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » 24, Abraham made swear his servant to find wife for his sonThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » Isaac. The servant did it with a uniqueThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » ritual, by placing the servant’s hand under the “thigh” of Abraham (Gen.24:2, 9, KJV).
According to Rashi, based on the Midrash Rabbah, it does not literally mean the thigh; it means the “organ of circumcision.” The reason is simply because the one who takes an oath must hold in his hand a sacred object. And the circumcision was Abraham’s first commandmentThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » and came to him through sufferingBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... ». And it was beloved to him. And, therefore, he chose it as the object upon which to take the oath (yeshiva.co).
Strong explains that “thigh” is yarek or yerekhi (yeh-ray-key) in Hebrew“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » which means male genital region or generative parts.
The renowned Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » scholar Nahum Sarna puts it this wayHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... »: “Holding the circumcised membrum, called the ‘sign of the covenant’ in Gen.17:11, may invoke the presence and power of God as the guarantor of the oath” [The JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1989), p. 162].
Would you like to swear like the servant of Abraham or you want to swear with the Bible“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » like what we are practicing nowadays? Whatever you want, swear an oath like having a covenant with God or don’t swear at all.
The ChristBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » loves us so much, and he wants us to be safe and holy always. In the last verse of the passage, Jesus says that “be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:28). He doesn’t want us to be murderers, adulterers and oath breakers. Jesus told us precautions to saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » us from imminent dangers.
In his book, In theHeavenlies, Harry Ironside tells the story of an attempted assassination of Queen ElizabethThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » I. The woman who sought to dhe woman hidden among the gowns and brought her into the presenceHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » of the queen, taking from her the dagger she had hope to plant in the heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » of the queen (SermonCentral.com).o so dressed as a male page and got in secretly in the queen’s bedroom awaiting the right moment to stab the queen to deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... ». She did not realize that the queen’s attendants would be very carefulThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » to search the rooms before the queen was permitted to rest. They found t
The Queen Elizabeth I was safe due to the careful searching of the attendants. Precaution was their standard operating procedure anticipating dangers such as this.
We as ChristiansNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » must also have S.O.P. before we decide something, before we get mad, before we hook our eyes to something or someone, and before we swear. Can we do that? PromiseThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... »? 🙂