Straight Talk, Matthew 5:21-37
Jesus speaks directly to the crowd about some hot topics. He doesn’t beat around the bush but goes right to the heart of daily living and goes deeper with the commandments from Deuteronomy. From anger (vv. 21–26) to adultery (vv. 27–30) to divorce (vv. 31–32) to using one’s voice (vv. 33–37), Jesus challenges each of us about how we are to behave as a people of God. There is no small standard here. The bar is set high.