Matthew 5:43-47 (NKJV) 43

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“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your . neighbor . and hate your enemy.’ . 44 . But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, . ID: 709129 Download Presentation

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Matthew 5:43-47(NKJV)


“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your


and hate your enemy.’


But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,


that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;

for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on



Matthew 5:43-47(NKJV)


, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.


For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?


And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?


3 Tax CollectorsMatthew 5:43-47


3 Tax CollectorsToday is April 15, which many recognize as Tax Day

It’s perhaps the most unpopular day of the year

Nothing much has changed from the times of the NT until now in that regard


3 Tax CollectorsWe know of some tax collectors that are mentioned in our Bibles

Their professions are mentioned perhaps for a reason

There are some things that we stand to gain if we look at these men and notice some things about their lives


Tax Collectors - ReputationThe Bible does not speak glowingly of tax collectors in a general sense

They were often looked at as crooks and traitors, serving the Roman government

Many avoided them and had nothing to do with such men


Tax Collectors - ReputationTax collectors were used in a negative example as those who only love and greet their brethren that love them back (Matt. 5:46-47)

They were often grouped together with sinners and thought of in the same categories (Matt. 11:19; Lk. 7:34)


Tax Collectors - ReputationJesus said the brother who sins against you and won’t repent should be to you as a “heathen and a tax collector” (Matt. 18:17)

Their reputation for taking more than was owed was not without warrant (Lk. 3:12-13)

However, they weren’t all bad


Tax Collectors - ReputationSome came to Jesus looking for salvation (Lk. 3:12-13; 7:29-30; 15:1)

Jesus mentioned them as being among those who listened to Christ and repented (Matt. 21:31-32)


hey were not the most righteous, but were not the most wicked either


MatthewOne of the first that come to mind is obviously the apostle Matthew

The Bible doesn’t tell us much about Matthew, other than that he was a tax collector (Matt. 9:9-13; Mk. 2:13-17; Lk. 5:27-32)

There are a couple of things we can infer about Matthew


MatthewEither Matthew was a good man and not like other tax collectors, or Jesus saw potential there

There seem to be benefit as Jesus relationship with Matthew attracted tax collectors and sinners to Christ

There was genuine interest there


MatthewIt also shows us that Jesus can change anyone, even if Matthew’s main flaw was having a bad reputation because of his job

There is mercy and grace through Christ, and a relationship with Him can change even the chief of sinners (Paul

I Tim. 1:15)


ZacchaeusAnother familiar tax collector was Zacchaeus (Lk. 19:1-10)

He was admittedly one who took more than he should have from others

He was eager to see Jesus, so much so that he climbed up a tree just to see Him


ZacchaeusChrist went to his house and dined with him that day

He obviously changed Zacchaeus based upon what Zacchaeus declared (v. 8)

Jesus declared that salvation had come to the house of Zacchaeus, one who had been lost (v. 9-10)


ZacchaeusAgain, this story teaches us that no one is beneath salvation

In fact, Jesus again teaches that these are the types of people who need salvation

Zacchaeus was a changed man because Jesus took time with him


Pharisee & Tax CollectorAs often as the Bible spoke of tax collectors in a derogatory sense, they certainly were often better than even some of the religious leaders

At times we saw this merely in the attitude of one toward another

Pride is a sin just as stealing is


Pharisee & Tax CollectorA familiar account comes from Luke 18:9-14

Here are 2 men who are seen praying in the temple, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector

We often notice the attitude of the 2 that are mentioned here


Pharisee & Tax CollectorAs bad as a tax collector may have been, in this instance he is far more humble and penitent than the Pharisee

Jesus declares this sinner justified rather than the religious leader

This was based upon

the attitude

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