THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
Scripture: Matthew 5:38,39
Matthew 5 says, “Do not resist an evil person.” The word translated “resist” is anth-his-tay-mee. Anth means ‘to come against’ and his-tay-mee means ‘to reach up and pull out of an occupied position of resistance.’ Unfortunately for all of us, this has become a passage which represents our thinking about the love of Jesus. Yet, Jesus Himself in John 2, wove three cords together and completely overturned the tables of the money-changers. It is obvious that Jesus did not always want us to not resist. The God of covenant, in the Old Testament, has been in effect taught out of the church by seminaries, pastors and teachers taking one Scripture out of context and emphasizing it over, and over, and over again. 50 years of emphasizing only the love of Christ in one dimension and from only certain Scriptures has removed the God of the Old Testament and the book of Revelation. What has happened to the church? We have been pastored into passivity. Jesus did not change from the Old Testament to the New! He saves and He kills!