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.