Chapter five to seven of St. Matthew’s Gospel is known as the teaching section.

We must surely find the sayings of Jesus more than puzzling.

Jesus cites the Old Testament: ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ This was practical in ancient, primitive societies as it tempered retribution.

Jesus says offer no resistance.

Roman soldiers were able to force someone to carry their equipment for a mile.

Jesus says go two miles instead.

Puzzling. Yes. But not if you factor in the Spirit.

He leads us to the sentiments of Christ on the Cross.


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