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  • 1. The Law’s Bulls Eye Matthew 5:17-20
  • 2. God expects his people to follow his Law meticulously.
  • 3.  Jesus, just before his Ascension, told the Eleven to make disciples of all nations & to teach those disciples “to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:20, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 4.  Mt 28:20.  “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing” (Js 1:22-25, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 5. God’s expectations were no different under the Old Testament.
  • 6.  God to Moses: “Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it” (Ex 25:9, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 7.  Ex 25:9.  God to Joshua: “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go” (Josh 1:7, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 8.  But, in Jesus’ day, the scribes & Pharisees had so many traditions it was difficult to know where the Law stopped & their traditions began. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 9.  But, in Jesus’ day, the scribes & Pharisees had so many traditions it was difficult to know where the Law stopped & their traditions began.  Thus, the scribes & Pharisees had great power over the Jewish people. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 10.  But, in Jesus’ day, the scribes & Pharisees had so many traditions it was difficult to know where the Law stopped & their traditions began.  Thus, the scribes & Pharisees had great power over the Jewish people.  Then, John the Baptist shows up & starts calling the Pharisees & Sadducees a “brood of vipers” (Mt 3:7, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 11.  But, in Jesus’ day, the scribes & Pharisees had so many traditions it was difficult to know where the Law stopped & their traditions began.  Thus, the scribes & Pharisees had great power over the Jewish people.  Then, John the Baptist shows up & starts calling the Pharisees & Sadducees a “brood of vipers” (Mt 3:7, ESV).  Jesus then shows up & begins calling people to repentance, while he heals countless sick. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 12.  But, in Jesus’ day, the scribes & Pharisees had so many traditions it was difficult to know where the Law stopped & their traditions began.  Thus, the scribes & Pharisees had great power over the Jewish people.  Then, John the Baptist shows up & starts calling the Pharisees & Sadducees a “brood of vipers” (Mt 3:7, ESV).  Jesus then shows up & begins calling people to repentance, while he heals countless sick.  It’s obvious that things are changing radically. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 13.  The scribes, Pharisees, & Sadducees are going to get nervous about the place of the Law in Judaism. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 14.  The scribes, Pharisees, & Sadducees are going to get nervous about the place of the Law in Judaism.  If Jesus replaces the Law with something else, their power is going to be greatly diminished. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 15.  The scribes, Pharisees, & Sadducees are going to get nervous about the place of the Law in Judaism.  If Jesus replaces the Law with something else, their power is going to be greatly diminished.  If Jesus begins telling people that they don’t need to obey the Law, their power will be gone in a heartbeat. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 16.  The scribes, Pharisees, & Sadducees are going to get nervous about the place of the Law in Judaism.  If Jesus replaces the Law with something else, their power is going to be greatly diminished.  If Jesus begins telling people that they don’t need to obey the Law, their power will be gone in a heartbeat.  To that end, Jesus speaks the words in this morning’s text. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 17. Matthew 5:17-20
  • 18.  Jesus, as THE LAW’S BULLS EYE, speaks of “Fulfilling the Law.” The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 19.  Jesus, as THE LAW’S BULLS EYE, speaks of “Fulfilling the Law.”  Thus, he tells us of:  PURPOSE.  PASSING.  PERFORMANCE.  PURITY. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 20. Purpose v 17
  • 21.  “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (v 17, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 22. But, Jesus did come to abolish the Law!
  • 23.  Scripture teaches that Jesus nailed the Law to his cross. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 24.  Scripture teaches that Jesus nailed the Law to his cross.  “By abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, [he created] in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace” (Eph 2:15, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 25.  Scripture teaches that Jesus nailed the Law to his cross.  Eph 2:15.  “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross” (Col 2:13-14, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 26. How could Jesus say that he didn’t come to abolish the Law?
  • 27.  KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 28.  KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”  We need to understand how the Greek term was used in the New Testament. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 29.  KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”  We need to understand how the Greek term was used in the New Testament.  The term can literally mean “to throw to the ground.” The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 30.  KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”  We need to understand how the Greek term was used in the New Testament.  The term can literally mean “to throw to the ground”: “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down” (Mt 24:2, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 31.  KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”  We need to understand how the Greek term was used in the New Testament.  The term can literally mean “to throw to the ground.”  The word can also mean “to fail” or “to cause to fail.” The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 32.  KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”  We need to understand how the Greek term was used in the New Testament.  The term can literally mean “to throw to the ground.”  The word can also mean “to fail” or “to cause to fail”: “In the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” (Acts 5:38-39, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 33. Jesus didn’t come to cast aside the Law of Moses.
  • 34. Jesus didn’t come to cast aside the Law of Moses. Jesus came to fulfill the Law of Moses.
  • 35.  Jesus contrasts destroying the Law with fulfilling it. He is the perfect fulfillment of the Law. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 36.  Jesus contrasts destroying the Law with fulfilling it. He is the perfect fulfillment of the Law.  “The law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian” (Gal 3:24-25, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 37.  Jesus contrasts destroying the Law with fulfilling it. He is the perfect fulfillment of the Law.  Gal 3:24-25.  “Christ is the end [i.e, purpose] of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Rom 10:4, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 38.  Jesus contrasts destroying the Law with fulfilling it. He is the perfect fulfillment of the Law.  Gal 3:24-25.  “Christ is the end [i.e, purpose] of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Rom 10:4, ESV).  “He fulfilled its prophecies, He kept the demands of the Law, and accomplished the Law’s purposes.” The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 39.  Only because Jesus perfectly fulfilled the Law was he able to take it out of the way at Golgotha. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 40.  Only because Jesus perfectly fulfilled the Law was he able to take it out of the way at Golgotha.  “Until the Law is fulfilled, heaven and earth will not pass away” (v 18, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 41. Passing v 18
  • 42.  “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (v 18, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 43.  Jesus says that it’s easier for heaven & earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the Law to pass away. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 44.  Jesus says that it’s easier for heaven & earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the Law to pass away.  “Iota” (ι) refers to the smallest character in the Greek alphabet. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 45.  Jesus says that it’s easier for heaven & earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the Law to pass away.  “Iota” (ι) refers to the smallest character in the Greek alphabet.  “Dot” refers to the small symbol in Hebrew that would differentiate similar-looking characters. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 46.  Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 47.  Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.  The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand until either the world is destroyed OR it has been fulfilled. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 48.  Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.  The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand until either the world is destroyed OR it has been fulfilled.  Scripture often declares that the Word of God does not change. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 49.  Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.  The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand until either the world is destroyed OR it has been fulfilled.  Scripture often declares that the Word of God does not change.  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mt 24:35, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 50.  Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.  The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand until either the world is destroyed OR it has been fulfilled.  Scripture often declares that the Word of God does not change.  Mt 24:35.  “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day” (Jn 12:48, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 51.  Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.  The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand until either the world is destroyed OR it has been fulfilled.  Scripture often declares that the Word of God does not change.  Mt 24:35.  Jn 12:48.  “Scripture cannot be broken” (Jn 10:35, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 52.  Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.  The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand until either the world is destroyed OR it has been fulfilled.  Scripture often declares that the Word of God does not change.  Mt 24:35.  Jn 12:48.  Jn 10:35.  “The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever” (1 Pet 1:24-25, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 53. We must understand that the Word of God does not change.
  • 54.  Some use this text to say that the Law of Moses is still in effect. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 55.  Some use this text to say that the Law of Moses is still in effect.  Jesus does, after all, say, “Until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law.” The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 56.  Some use this text to say that the Law of Moses is still in effect.  Jesus does, after all, say, “Until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law.”  Such an understanding overlooks Jesus’ entire statement: “Until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 57.  Some use this text to say that the Law of Moses is still in effect.  Jesus does, after all, say, “Until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law.”  Such an understanding overlooks Jesus’ entire statement: “Until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”  The implication is painfully obvious—if the Law has been fulfilled, the Law has passed. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 58.  Some use this text to say that the Law of Moses is still in effect.  Jesus does, after all, say, “Until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law.”  Such an understanding overlooks Jesus’ entire statement: “Until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”  The implication is painfully obvious—if the Law has been fulfilled, the Law has passed.  In the previous verse, Jesus says that he fulfills the Law. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 59. Thus, in the Person of Jesus Christ, the Law has been fulfilled.
  • 60. Thus, in the Person of Jesus Christ, the Law has been fulfilled. It has, therefore, passed away.
  • 61. Performance v 19
  • 62.  “Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (v 19, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 63.  Obviously, the Law of Moses was still in effect when Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 64.  Obviously, the Law of Moses was still in effect when Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus’ hearers couldn’t say, “I’ll not obey the Law.” The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 65.  Obviously, the Law of Moses was still in effect when Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus’ hearers couldn’t say, “I’ll not obey the Law.”  But, Jesus not only condemns disobeying the Law, but he condemns teaching others to disobey it, too. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 66. To teach others to disobey God is a serious sin.
  • 67. To teach others to disobey God is a serious sin. Not only am I in error, but I’m leading others in it.
  • 68.  False teachers lead many to destruction. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 69.  False teachers lead many to destruction.  “There will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality” (2 Pet 2:1-2, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 70.  False teachers lead many to destruction.  2 Pet 2:1-2.  “There are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach” (Tit 1:10-11, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 71.  The one who follows & teaches these words will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 72.  The one who follows & teaches these words will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  We need to apply these words to God’s current Law. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 73.  The one who follows & teaches these words will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  We need to apply these words to God’s current Law.  God still expects people to obey him. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 74.  The one who follows & teaches these words will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  We need to apply these words to God’s current Law.  God still expects people to obey him.  “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (Jn 3:36, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 75.  The one who follows & teaches these words will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  We need to apply these words to God’s current Law.  God still expects people to obey him.  Jn 3:36.  “Although [Jesus] was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” (Heb 5:8-9, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 76. Are you performing the Will of God?
  • 77. Purity v 20
  • 78.  “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (v 20, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 79. What does obeying the Law have to do with the righteousness of the scribes & Pharisees?
  • 80.  The scribes & Pharisees greatly valued the Law. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 81.  The scribes & Pharisees greatly valued the Law.  “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you” (Mt 23:2-3, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 82.  The scribes & Pharisees greatly valued the Law.  Mt 23:2-3.  But, their dedication to God stopped there. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 83.  The scribes & Pharisees greatly valued the Law.  Mt 23:2-3.  But, their dedication to God stopped there.  “They preach, but do not practice” (Mt 23:3, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 84.  The scribes & Pharisees greatly valued the Law.  Mt 23:2-3.  But, their dedication to God stopped there.  “They preach, but do not practice” (Mt 23:3, ESV).  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Mt 23:27-28, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 85. Here, Jesus “marries” the two parts of obeying God: Inner obedience & Outer obedience
  • 86.  Outward obedience is so important. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 87.  Outward obedience is so important.  Uzzah found that out when he reached out to steady “the ark of God.” The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 88.  Outward obedience is so important.  Uzzah found that out when he reached out to steady “the ark of God.”  If there is not obedience to the will of God, there will be a great price! The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 89.  Inner obedience is likewise important. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 90.  Inner obedience is likewise important.  E.g., “I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt 5:28, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 91.  Inner obedience is likewise important.  E.g., “I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt 5:28, ESV).  Our hearts are terribly important. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 92.  Throughout this chapter of Matthew, Jesus urges his hearers to purify their hearts & serve God with their all. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 93.  Throughout this chapter of Matthew, Jesus urges his hearers to purify their hearts & serve God with their all.  Everything we are is to submit to the Will of God. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 94.  Throughout this chapter of Matthew, Jesus urges his hearers to purify their hearts & serve God with their all.  Everything we are is to submit to the Will of God.  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Mt 22:37, ESV). The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 95.  Throughout this chapter of Matthew, Jesus urges his hearers to purify their hearts & serve God with their all.  Everything we are is to submit to the Will of God.  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Mt 22:37, ESV).  If I love the Lord my God with everything, I will seek to bring my body, my heart, my will, my mind under his control. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  • 96. Have you given your all to God?