From yesterday, let us continued the ” build-up “ and evoke Saint Paul’s case, under like outrage, was vehement in his rebuke:
( Acts 23: 3 ” …God is about to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit as a judge to try me in accordance with the Law, and yet in defiance of the Law you order me to be struck? “)
And (2 ) in the fact that the whole context shows that the sermon on the mount is not a code of laws, but the assertion of principles. And the principle in this matter is clearly and simply this, that the disciple of Christ, when he has suffered wrong, is to eliminate altogether from his motives the natural desire to retaliate or accuse. As far as he himself is concerned, he must be prepared in language which, because it is above our common human strain, has stramped itself on the hearts and memories of men, to turn the lift cheek when the right has been smitten.
But the Man who has been wronged has other DUTIES which he cannot rightly ignore:
- the law of the eternal has to asserted – Psalm 119: 160 “ the sum of Your word is truth ( the total of the full meaning of all Your individual precepts ); and every one of Your righteous decrees endures forever. “;
- society to be protected – Psalm 82: 3 – 4 “ Give justice to the weak and the Fatherless, maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy, deliver them from the hand of the wicked. “;
- the offender to be reclaimed – 2 Corinthians 2: 5 – 11 “ But if someone ( the one among you who committed incest ) has caused ( all this ) grief and pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure, not to put it too severely, ( he has distressed ) all of you. For such a one this censure by the majority ( which he has received is ) sufficient ( punishment ). So ( instead of further rebuke, now), you should rather turn and graciously forgive and comfort and encourage ( him ) from being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow and despair. I therefore beg you to reinstate him in your affections and assure him of your love for him; For this was my purpose in writing you, to test your attitude and see if you would stand the test, whether you are obedient and altogether agreeable ( to following my orders ) in everything. If you forgive anyone anything, I too forgive that one; and what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sakes in the presence ( and with the approval ) of Christ – The Messiah. To keep satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles ( wiles: Devious or cunning stratagems ( tricks or ruses ) employed in manipulating or persuading someone to do what one wants ) and intentions. “;