Matthew Lesson 6 Day 2

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Matthew Lesson 6 Day 2

Matthew 5:17-20

Jesus fulfilled the Law

Jesus said, “Don’t ever think that I came to set aside Moses’ Teachings or the Prophets. I didn’t come to set them aside but to make them come true. I can guarantee this truth: Until the earth and the heavens disappear, neither a period nor a comma will disappear from the Scriptures before everything has come true.” Matthew 5:17-18 NOG8

“This is a pivotal statement. Why would Jesus even bring this up? It’s because His preaching was full of mercy and grace (John 1:14, 16-17), while the Law was full of justice, punishment, and wrath (Romans 4:15 and 6:14). If He had brought the same legalistic message the Pharisees were proclaiming, no one would have ever thought He was out to destroy the Law. Jesus didn’t destroy the Law; He fulfilled its every demand (Matthew 5:18). There is a huge difference.”2

3a) Jesus came to fulfill the entire Old Testament

That’s what is meant by “all of the law and all of the prophets.”

“The Jews of Jesus’ day could refer to the Scriptures as ‘the Law and the Prophets’ (Matthew 7:12, 11:13, 22:40; Luke 16:16; John 1:45; Acts 13:15, 28:23; Romans 3:21); ‘the Law…the Prophets, and the Psalms (Luke 24:44); or just ‘Law’ (Matthew 5:18; John 10:34, 12:34, 15:25; 1 Corinthians 14:21).” (Carson)1 emphasis added

Jesus didn’t destroy the Law; He fulfilled its every demand (Matthew 5:18). He was the first person to perfectly obey the Law.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrew 4:15

b) Old Covenant

As a child, I remember my mom reading a story about a boy who stole a watermelon. The moral of the story—Even though he got away with it, God saw what he did because he’s always watching.

I took that to heart in the worst way. I thought God was like a stern teacher with a rod in his hand.

Even though God loved the world, once I was saved, I’d better watch my step! I imagined he often sighed and shook his head when he looked at me.

Jesus directed His anger toward the religious leaders who redefined and amended the written Law.

Scripture specifically says not to add or take away from the Law given to Moses.

Deuteronomy 4:2 “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.”

“Eventually, some of these rabbis wrote down their discussions and commentaries on the Mishna’s laws in a series of books known as the Talmud. The rabbis of Palestine edited their discussions of the Mishna about the year 400: Their work became known as the Palestinian Talmud (in Hebrew, Talmud Yerushalmi , which literally means “Jerusalem Talmud”). (Chabad .org)

The Babylonian Talmud is 2,711 double-sided pages intended to explain the written texts in the Torah so that people would know how to apply it to their lives. However, the details created an incredible burden.

For example, walking is the only mode of transportation on the Sabbath (Shabbat). “However, even walking on Shabbat has its limits. Jewish law sets the maximum walking range from one’s city to 2,000 cubits (3,049.5 feet, 0.596 miles (960 meters). [However, this measurement starts 70 2/3 cubits (112.24 ft.) from the city limits.] Practically speaking, this means that you may not walk a straight line more than .598 miles (3161.74 ft.) in any direction in the wilds outside your city limits.” (Chabad .org.)

Apparently, to get around the restriction, a person could position stools [the day before] to allow a place to rest along the way.

Another rule, you couldn’t carry a burden heavier than the weight of one fig on Shabbat. “The Shabbat laws are quite complex, requiring careful study and a qualified teacher.” (Chabad .org)

“And yet in all these wearisome details there is not a single trace of anything spiritual – not a word even to suggest higher thoughts of God’s holy day and its observance.” 9

New Covenant Grace

Now I understand God isn’t like that at all. He is like the father, longing for his wayward son to come home. We obey him out of relationship because we love him and long to be closer. In fact, He is in us.

The Old Testament represents the first covenant, points toward and proclaims the coming of Jesus as the Messiah who established a brand new covenant.

Father God sent the Holy Spirit to instruct us and remind us of his words. If we ask for wisdom and understanding, He promises to give us what we ask for. Luke 11:11

I read the Bible almost daily from age 8 but I fell in love with it and it came alive to me when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit at age 15.

Since then, I’ve continued to learn through reading and studying scripture. Revelation often comes when I’m journaling, praying, and listening to others teach.

4)  Jesus fulfilled the Law.

Civil Law

Rules about daily life, fair trials, and corporal punishment

Moral Law

These laws regulated behavior.

Jesus didn’t add anything to the law. He did something no man ever did before or after—He lived a sinless life.

The moral laws set forth in the ten commandments required man to discipline himself to follow them. Since man found this impossible—aside from the rich young ruler who insisted he had kept them from his youth—periodic sacrificing of animals was required.

Jesus boiled down the moral laws to matters of the heart—love your neighbor as yourself.

b) Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial laws

Jesus became the Passover lamb by shedding his blood on behalf of the sins of all mankind thereby fulfilling the first covenant requirement for the forgiveness of sin for those who repent and receive forgiveness. Jesus is now the only way and the only means of atonement. (see 1 Peter 1:18-21)

Now, we as believers are the temple of God.

Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for all sin past, present, and future.

c)  Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophesies recorded in the Old Testament.

The odds—

“1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000
1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power
1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus!” (source)

  • Seed of a woman—Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4
  • Born in Bethlehem—Micah 4:2; Luke 2:4-5,7
  • Descended from Abraham—Genesis 12:3; Matthew 1:1
  • No bones broken—Psalm 34:20; John 19:32, 33, 36
  • Slaughter of infants—Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18
  • Crucifixion, pierced through hands and feet (this form of execution wasn’t invented yet)—Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 22:16
  • Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver—Zechariah 11:12

The following links list these and many other prophecies Jesus fulfilled in the brief time He was on earth. Others have been fulfilled or will be fulfilled in the years to come.

Prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ as Messiah

351 prophesies in the Old Testament and their fulfillment recorded in the New Testament

5) Exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees

Jesus objected to the religious leaders’ superficial self-righteousness (Matthew 6:18) and later explained that God looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).


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2 AWM Living Commentary used by written permission.
3 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Strong’s Concordance, public domain.
5 *Spirit Filled Life Bible®copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
6 Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
7 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.
9 EXCERPTS FROM APPENDIX XVII. THE ORDINANCES AND LAW OF THE SABBATH AS LAID DOWN IN THE MISHNAH

AND THE JERUSALEM TALMUD. Source: https://www. hope-aurora.org /docs/Matt/Matthew12.1-14.pdf Accessed 9.30.2021

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