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Sermon Notes

Matthew Passage starting in 5:17


17 Don’t think I came to break the law or the prophets.

I didn’t come to break them, but birth them.


18 For I tell you the truth,

until heaven and earth go,

not one letter or dot from the law will go

until all comes to be.


19 Therefore, whoever breaks one

of the least of these commandments

and teaches people to do the same

will be called least in the kingdom of the heavens,

but whoever does and teaches them,

will be called great in the kingdom of the heavens.


20 For I tell you, unless the abundance of your righteousness

exceeds the Scribes and Pharisees,

never can you enter the Kingdom of the Heavens.


21 You heard the original saying,

“Murder not, whoever murders will be liable to judgement.”


22 But I tell you that anyone angry with his brother

will be liable to judgement;

Whoever insults his brother with contempt

will be liable to the Sanhedrin (Supreme Court);

Whoever speaks condemnation

will be liable to Hell’s fire.

Anger Discipleship Prayer

(Prayer 1-2x daily)

Your Light working in me is greater than

the darkness at work in the world. (John 1:5, Mat 5:14)

My best life comes from the author of life,

not from fortune, fame, family, or romance.

I give you permission to interrupt my day, change my plans,

and make room for miracles. (Prov. 16:9)

“Not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 5:28, 22:42)

My “to-do” list is not more important than my “to-be” list. (Mat 7:17-18)

I don’t want to store up treasures on earth,

but rather treasures in Heaven,

for where my treasure is

there my heart will be also. (Matt 6:19-21)

Human approval is a trap, but your approval is life. (Gal 1:10)

Justice and vengeance belong to you, Lord,

and you will right every wrong. (Romans 12:19)

You have the hairs on my head numbered. (Mat 10:30)

How much more do you regard every trial and trouble I face. (Mat 6:8, 1 Cor 10:13)

I trust you Lord with all the outcomes of my life.

Teach me the secret of being content in all circumstances. (Phil 4:12)

I surrender my wants to pursue what you want.

Your aim, Lord, is to bless my life with increasing measures of

ultimate love, supreme happiness, and prevailing peace.

(John 15:13, 1 Pet 1:8, Phil 4:7, 2 Cor 3:18)

So today help me to not be in a hurry,

to not depend on the world’s power,

and to rid myself of anger. (Col 3:8)

Reading Plan:

Day 1: Psalm 23

Day 2: Matt 6:25-34

Day 3: Psalm 34

Day 4: Psalm 37

Day 5: Psalm 91

Day 6: Psalm 103

Day 7: Philippians 4


Anger from Wave Nunnally, Ph.D.

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Leviticus 19:17


Damascus Covenant 9:2-5

“Concerning the saying “ you shall not take vengeance on the children of your people, nor shall you bear a grudge against them.” If any member of the covenant accuses his neighbor without first rebuking him before the witnesses.” Deut 17:6, 19:15


If he denounces him  in the heat of his anger or reports him to his elders to make him look contemptible, he is one who takes vengeance and bears a grudge although it is expressly written “He takes vengeance upon his adversaries and bears a grudge against his enemies.


If he holds his peace toward him from one day to another and thereafter speaks of him in the heat of his anger, he testifies against himself concerning a capital matter because he has not fulfilled the commandment of God which tells him, “You shall rebuke your neighbor and not be burdened with sin because of him.”


Ephesians 4:26 connects to Psalm 4:4 tremble comes from “ragaz” which means to agitate.


James 1:19-20

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”


James 3:6-10

6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.



Genesis 9:6

“Whoever sheds human blood,

    by humans shall their blood be shed;

for in the image of God

    has God made mankind.”


Mishnah Avot 3:12

“Rabbi Elazarof Modiin says, “He who causes his neighbors face to blush in public…has no share in the world to come.”


Babylonian Talmud Bava Metsia 58b

A Tanna recited: If one whitens his neighbor’s face in public, it is as if he sheds blood. R. Nahman replied, “Well put! because we see ruddiness depart and paleness takes its place.


"Raca" real definition:

Rac means “empty”

Raca means “worthless” or “useless”

Someone who is base, worthless, useless, can do no good.


Bereshit Rabbah 24:7

“Rabbi Akiva said: This is a great principle of Torah” You shall love your neighbor as yourself[Lev 19:17] Thus one should not say, “…I should scorn my neighbor.” Rabbi Tanchumah said, if you act thus, realize who it is that you are willing to humiliate - “the one who was made in the likeness of God.”


Babylonian Talmud Taanit 20a-b

An incident occurred in which Rabbi Elazar, son of Rabbi Shimon came from Migdal Gedor, from his rabbi’s house, and he was riding on a donkey and strolling along the river. And he was very happy, and his head was swollen with pride because he had studied much Torah.


He happened upon an exceedingly ugly person, who said to him, “Greetings to you my rabbi, but Rabbi Elazar did not return his greeting. Instead Rabbi Elazar said to him, “Worthless “Reika” person, how ugly you are! Are all the people of your city as ugly as you? The man said to him: I do not know, but you should go and say to the Craftman Who made me: How ugly is the vessel you made.”


When Rabbi Elazar realized he had sinned and insulted this man merely on account of his appearance, he descended from his donkey and prostrated himself before him and said to the man, “I have sinned against you; forgive me!”


Bible Verses about Anger:

Psa 37:8—Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

Pro 15:1—A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Pro 21:14—A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.

Pro 27:4—Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?

Pro 29:8—Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.

Pro 30:33—For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.

Ecc 5:17—All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.

Ecc 7:9—Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

Ecc 10:4—If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.”

Eph 4:26—In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.

Eph. 4:31—Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Col 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

1 Tim 2:8—Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

Jam 1:20—Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Pro 29:22—An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.

Proverbs 19:11—Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

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