17 “Do not think I have come to get rid of what is written in the Law or in the Prophets. I have not come to do that. Instead, I have come to give full meaning to what is written. 18 What I’m about to tell you is true. Heaven and earth will disappear before the smallest letter disappears from the Law. Not even the smallest stroke of a pen will disappear from the Law until everything is completed. 19 “Do not break even one of the least important commandments. And do not teach others to break them. If you do, you will be called the least important person in the kingdom of heaven. Instead, practice and teach these commands. Then you will be called important in the kingdom of heaven. 20 “Here is what I tell you. You must be more godly than the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. If you are not, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jews knew that they have to obey all God’s Law, no exception. That was the qualification for them to enter the kingdom of heaven. However, Pharisees or teachers of the Law will break one of the least of these commandments and teach others to do the same so they can enter the kingdom of heaven, because they then obey “ALL” God’s law.
When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, he clearly told the people, he did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets (different from the Pharisees and Teachers), but to fulfill them.
Sounds like Jesus was crazy, how can He fulfill all of God’s law without breaking or modifying any of the commandments? How could the people’s righteous ever be better than the Pharisees and Teachers of Law? They were missing the central point of God’s law themselves.
The challenge of this passage to me is:
- Do I understand the true meaning of God’s Law?
- How am I doing at obeying God’s law myself?
- Do I teach others to obey God’s law without doing it myself?
Dear Lord, you are my saviour. Thank you for coming to the world and showing me the true meaning of God’s law. Keep reminding me that a person is righteous inwardly not outwardly as the true sacrifices to You are a broken or humble spirit not sacrifices of animals or keeping a long list of rules. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu