The first is about conflict resolution. How do we correct a brother? The important part is GO to the brother first. There are many examples of people going to higher authorities with complaints. The teaching of Jesus is to go firstly to the offender. This is the first recourse. There are propositions in place if this doesn’t work. But it is the first recourse!!!!!
The examples of the higher places of appeal are stated in the Gospel. But the final verdict of being treated like the tax collectors and publicans can be misleading. Matthew tells us in other places how Jesus treats the tax collectors and publicans!!!!!!!
I tell you solemnly again if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in Heaven. What a beautiful promise! Jesus gives us the reason for the promise. “for where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them”.