The Law and The Prophets

I thought this would be short and sweet, but I was wrong!!  There is so much said in this short paragraph from Jesus.   “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”  From his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is letting his followers, as well as all listening, know that he has not come to take 2000 years of prior revelation from God and dismiss it.  He did not come to overturn their bibles, he came to bring it all to life, to be God in the flesh.  As it says, to fulfill the principles of the Old Testament, not overturn them.  They had a foundation which they lived by, Jesus was not here to wipe that away.
“For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”  Again, reassuring those listening that He believes in the bibles they’ve lived their lives by.  Their bible was  His bible.  It was his guide.  The prophecies he came to fulfill were in that bible.
“Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”  Jesus again is criticizing the religious teachers of his time.  Those Pharisees were all about the outward expressions of following the laws laid out by Moses, but their outward showing of religiousness was not matched by a heart for loving his people.  They did not love God with all their hearts, and certainly did not love their neighbors as themselves.  They have no problem with the blind being blind or crippled being crippled, but they do have a problem with showing grace and mercy to those suffering from afflictions on their precious sabbath – an outward representation of how righteous they present themselves as being.  Instead of grace and mercy, they live by a harsh interpretation here on earth of the will of God.  They set themselves as Judge instead of servant,  True righteousness comes from showing grace and mercy, from showing kindness and loving God through loving your neighbor.  How else to you love God?  You love God by loving people.  Loving Gods people is not secondary to outward shows of obedience.  We don’t stand by day after day, following our religious protocols and ceremonies, putting on a show of living for God, and let His people stay in suffering when we can do something about it.  As usual, this Jesus guy is tough!!
“For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”   The scribes and Pharisees righteousness was all outward.  When we see people with an outward religion, but no heart for helping others and loving God’s children, that is what Jesus is talking about here.  This is what James is talking about when he says – So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James‬ ‭2:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  So as always, we must check ourselves and ask the same question – Am I just putting on a show??  Or am I truly loving God and loving his people?  All of his people??   Christianity really is Not for Punks!
 

““Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:17-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

 

 

John Lewis

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2 thoughts on “The Law and The Prophets

  1. There are still too many pharisee’s (especially in churches).

    Today we still see many prophecies fulfilled. .

    Most Old Testament prophesies were regarding Jesus so He was and is their fulfillment.

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