Excelling in Keeping the Law (3)
Matthew 5:17-19: 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 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. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Kingdom citizens excel in keeping the law. Why should you as a kingdom citizen excel in keeping the law? (2) Breaking the law reduces your spiritual rank – vs 19. Kingdom citizens study the law to practice it first and then to teach. You can’t give what you do not have. That is the spirit that Ezra had in Ezra 7:10.
People want to preach about what they can’t do. Pastors preach about tithes when they can’t pay tithes. They preach against sexual immorality yet they are involved in it. The Pharasees and the Scribes were partial in their obedience to the law (Matthew 23:23.) They were breaking part of the law. They neglected weightier matters. According to Matthew 15:1-3, they valued their traditions above the law. Just like there are people who neglect the law when it comes to their tradition.
They no longer care what the Bible says when tradition is involved (Mark 7:8, 13.) When you break the law and you are preaching the contrary, what you are actually preaching is what you are doing – vs19. The Pharisees and the scribes were not good examples of what they preached. According to Matthew 7:21-23, some people will be rejected and termed workers of iniquity even though they were working in the name of God – Isaiah 9:15; Mal 2:8-11: 1 Sam 2:30
- Thank You Father for a new day and Your word
- Teach me Father to honour You in all I think, say or do.
- Lord teach me to number my days on earth.
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