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Jesus and the Law (10 of 21)
Series: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
January 11, 2006
1. In our last lesson we had talked about Salt and, Light and how believers are the salt of the earth. Salt is a preservative, and as Christians, we are to make certain that we live our lives in such a way that we are able to impact the world for Christ, having a lasting or eternal impact on others. In that way, we act as a preservative.
Then Jesus, in comparing us to light, said, "We are to let to let our light so shine that others might see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven." This simply means that we are to let the light of the gospel shine through us--in our manner of life and in our speech, pointing the way to the Christ. That's why Paul wrote in Philip. 2:15, That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
2. In this lesson, Jesus turns His attention to the subject of the Law. In the Old Testament there were three sets of laws: The Dietary Laws, the Ceremonial Laws and the Civil Laws. Every Jew knew he was required to keep the laws--all of them. But were they able...? No! In fact, no one had ever kept all the Law, except Jesus. Let's take a few minutes and consider the Lord's discussion concerning the Law:
I. Fulfilling the Law
II. Keeping the Law
III. Exceeding the Law
I. FULFILLING THE LAW (VV. 17, 18)
Jesus said, Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil (the law) (Matthew 5:17).
Among the multitudes that had come to hear Him speak, there were the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Scribes, all those responsible for protecting and teaching the law. The Jewish people had been raised under the law. From the time they were old enough to learn, children were taught the importance o ...
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