Focus on Jesus’ teaching on the Law

Mathew 5:17-20

We live in a world of misinformation concerning almost everything

Even the holy word of God is being misrepresented, misinterpreted and misapplied that is causing great spiritual harm to mostly young people

Jesus is the master teacher, who clearly knows the Bible because He is the author

The Bible teaches us that in the last days antichrist would come

I John 2:18, “Little children it is the last time and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time"

I John 4:3, “And every spirit that confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God and this is that spirit of antichrist whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already it is in the world”

Jesus Christ is the Messiah that God promised Moses and the prophets that would come and deliver Israel

Deut. 18:15, “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee of thy brethren like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken”

Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, not Moses or any of the prophets, or keeping the law

Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved”

Jesus is talking to Jewish leaders who knew the letter of the law but not the spirit or intent of the law

They thought that salvation was through keeping the Mosaic Law

Jesus declares in John 14:6, “I am the way the truth and the life no man cometh unto the Father but by me”

Focus on Jesus’s teaching on the law

     a.  Jesus’s purpose for coming to earth- vs. 17
     b.  The Mosaic law must be fulfilled- vs. 18
     c.  Jesus takes the law from outward observance to inner spiritual intention of God- vs. 19-20

The Law is perfect; it is the moral excellence of the nature of God

The Law is God’s standards for his people

The purpose of the law was to point sinners to the Savior

Gal. 3:19, “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed that should come to whom the promise was made and it was ordained by angels in the hand of the mediator”

Gal. 3:11, “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God it is evident: for the just shall live by faith”

Gal. 4:4-5, “But when the fullness of the time was come God sent forth his Son, made of a woman , made under the law” To redeem them that was under the law, that we might received the adoption of sons”

I.    Jesus purpose for coming to this earth- vs. 17
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am come not to destroy but to fulfill”
       a.  The religious leaders missed the intent of the law
       b.  The religious leaders thought God was concerned about rules and regulations
       c.  God gave a standard for his people to live up to and knowing they could not because of the curse of sin
  • Gal. 3:10, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them”
  • Curse means they are under the wrath of God​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  1. Jesus came to break the curse of sin
  • Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life for us who could not live a perfect life
  • Jesus died a sinners death to appease the wrath of God
  • 1 John 1:1b-2, “And if any man sin we have advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” And he is the propitiation for our sins and not for our only but also for the sins of the whole world” 
  1. Jesus is the advocate for sinners
  2. Jesus is the sacrifice for our sins

II.  The Mosaic law must be fulfilled- vs. 18
“For verily I say unto you till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled”
  1. The law must be fulfilled because it is the commandments given by God to his people
  2. It must be fulfilled because it is the standard whereby God judges his people
  3. It must be fulfilled because it is the moral excellence of God that makes us like him
  4. Jesus fully supported the whole law and obeyed it completely
  • Jot is the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet
  • Tittle is a small projection on the edge of certain Hebrew letters to distinguish them from one another

III.  Jesus takes the law from outward observance to inner spiritual intention of God- vs. 19-20
  1. Jesus condemns the religious leaders who did not keep the law but commanded others to keep it
  2. Jesus message is you can’t teach the law and not live the law
  3. Those who break the law and teach others to will be the least in the kingdom of heaven
  4. Those who do and teach shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven

The scribes and the Pharisees had the outward show of self-righteousness but no inward change of heart toward God and people

The law intent was not about rules and regulations it was about an intimate relationship with God

The spiritual intent of the law is to change our hearts from even the desire to sin

The intent of the law is to make us spiritual not religious

Jesus teaches the intent of the law:

  1. You have heard that it was said of them of old time thou shall not kill, But I say unto you whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of judgment
  2. Whosoever shall say to his brother raca (empty head) shall be in danger of the council
  3. Whosoever shall say thou fool shall be in danger of hell fire
  4. If thou bring a gift to the altar and have an aught against your brother leave thy gift and go thy way and be reconciled to thy brother

The law is not just about doing the right things it’s about a heart change to live holy for the LORD

Ezekiel 36:26, “A new heart also will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you a heart of flesh”