On Turn the Other Cheek

Sure! Um, you first.

Okay, a few questions…

What did He mean?

What did that mean socially?

What cheek?

Under what circumstances?

Everything?!

Okay then press delete here…

WWDJ?

Luke 4:28

28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

Hit me! Not. He walked away…

Mark 3:1-6

Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”

Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

But the Church said so! Some person that believes the Bible is trash, said so… huh?! Turn your cheek! Silence! Fancy shut your mouth and do what I want you to! It sounds like He was more interested in helping people than religious dogma. He fulfilled the Law anyway (Matthew 5:17-20 and Galatians 3:10-15). That was HIS part.

Matthew 23:1-28

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 

They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

“Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 

they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 

they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers (Family, deal with it. Sisters too!)And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 

10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! 

You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. 

14 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

15 – 22 (Google)

23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!

You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 

28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

He said it…

I went on a rabbit trail. The point is, He didn’t sound like this little humble, meek wuss by today’s standards. He didn’t back down to people that challenged Him. He helped people. He hung around the outcasts. Others let him know they didn’t appreciate it. Why? If we met everyone’s expectations, or even tried, we would go nuts. If all a person had to say was jump and we did… c’mon now.They wouldn’t be fair judgments anyway. One fallible human to another, on either side of the road! I still stand by my perception of the love and judgment scriptures. We still respect and love. We cannot force people to do what we want, anymore than they should force us. Our part seems pretty clear cut to me in… these commandments that hang all the laws of the prophets.

I am not saying go scream hypocrite at someone. Please don’t. I am just saying, this makes His view pretty clear and He wasn’t a wuss (He is also “the head”). I say if you believe, get to know Him better. Follow your heart. Use common sense. Pray and study. Don’t just take one scripture at face value. What was the purpose? Who was it to? Don’t be afraid to believe what you do, just be cool about it. I don’t want to shut the door of the Kingdom. Why do people get shut out? Why do people get shunned? Why do they get a heavy weight placed on them, when after this sermon, He fulfilled the law?

He sounds pretty bold to me.

Jesus and the money changers.

Jesus and the fig tree.

Jesus and the wedding…

wait…

Rabbit trail.

I’ll just stop there. This came from Jesus. It doesn’t delete the love scriptures. It doesn’t delete the judge not scriptures either. He is the Son of God…

Someone breaks into your home…

Turn the other cheek!!

Not today, thank you.

Wake up and your car is gone…

Don’t call the cops! Turn the other cheek. To what? The closest tree? You first. Dive into it too. I think that one is in Deuteronomy. (Ugh! Do I have to repent again…)

A mistake on the paycheck makes it a hundred dollars short.

Turn the other cheek!!!

No comment…

I think this gets erroneously used at times.

Your opinion is different than mine! Shut up! I mean turn the other cheek!

You. First. Maybe we should try to do that one thing where we disagree agreeably or something like that? Respect? Think for ourselves? Responsible for our own actions? I see extremes on both ends of the spectrum.

Maybe there is balance somewhere in here. Maybe it varies depending on the situation… Maybe moderation plays a role. Maybe love still matters. Maybe judge not still matters. Maybe the teaching about turn the other cheek was another aspect of operating in love, instead of revenge? Maybe we have to learn how to follow our hearts. Maybe we also have to speak up for ourselves and not be doormats. Maybe we have to use common sense.

Turn the other cheek to everyone that suggests it, and one day you will find yourself invisible, broke and/or dead. Better not speak just to play it safe…Not.

Don’t like my blog? Turn the other cheek. 😀

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