| Quote #4
"If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector." (NRSV 18:15-17)
Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. (KJV 18:15-17)
Matthew's making it pretty clear that we can sin against each other just like we can sin against God. Does he seems to be placing a value judgment on which is the worse transgression?
| Quote #5
Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." (NRSV 26:27-28)
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (KJV 26:27-28)
Remember the word covenant from the Hebrew Bible? There are tons of 'em in Genesis and Exodus, whenever God makes a deal with one of the head honcho patriarchs. So where's the deal here? Jesus is spilling his blood and the people's sins are forgiven—what do the people have to do in return? Does Jesus get anything out of the bargain?
| Quote #6
Then he came to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners." (NRSV 26:45)
Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. (KJV 26:45)
Picture this. You've prophesied your own death, and your friends react by taking a nap. No wonder Jesus isn't psyched. But here's the thing: right after this scene, we get Judas's kiss of death. Why do you think Matthew juxtaposed these two betrayals?