Glen and Lavetta McCune are hosting a study of the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 1 – 15, using N.T. Wright’s book, Matthew for Everyone Part 1 as a resource. Each week, we’ll read a few chapters of Matthew and share our own thoughts as well as responses to Wright’s insights. The author’s translation of each passage of scripture is included in the text.
Here’s a brief sample of Wright’s translation and commentary on Matthew 5:38-39:
You heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you: don’t use violence to resist evil! Instead, when someone hits you on the right cheek, turn the other one towards him. “. . . . Jesus offers a new sort of justice, a creative, healing, restorative justice. The old justice found in the Bible was designed to prevent revenge running away with itself. Better an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth than an escalating feud with each side going one worse than the other. But Jesus goes one better still. Better to have no vengeance at all, but rather a creative way forward, reflecting the astonishingly patient love of God himself, who wants Israel to shine his light into the world so that all people will see that he is the one true God and that his deepest nature is overflowing love.”
Join us on Wednesday evenings during the summer as we seek to grow deeper in Jesus through the words of Matthew and N.T. Wright. Books will be available at the meetings!