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The Law’s
Bulls Eye
  Matthew 5:17-20
God expects his
people to follow his
 Law meticulously.
   Jesus, just before his Ascension, told the Eleven to
    make disciples of all nations & to teach those
    disciples ...
   Mt 28:20.
   “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only,
    deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of
    ...
God’s expectations
 were no different
    under the Old
       Testament.
   God to Moses: “Exactly as I show you concerning
    the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture,
    so yo...
   Ex 25:9.
   God to Joshua: “Only be strong and very
    courageous, being careful to do according to all the
    law ...
   But, in Jesus’ day, the scribes & Pharisees had so
    many traditions it was difficult to know where the
    Law stop...
   But, in Jesus’ day, the scribes & Pharisees had so
    many traditions it was difficult to know where the
    Law stop...
   But, in Jesus’ day, the scribes & Pharisees had so
    many traditions it was difficult to know where the
    Law stop...
   But, in Jesus’ day, the scribes & Pharisees had so
    many traditions it was difficult to know where the
    Law stop...
   But, in Jesus’ day, the scribes & Pharisees had so
    many traditions it was difficult to know where the
    Law stop...
   The scribes, Pharisees, & Sadducees are going to
    get nervous about the place of the Law in Judaism.




        Th...
   The scribes, Pharisees, & Sadducees are going to
    get nervous about the place of the Law in Judaism.
       If Jes...
   The scribes, Pharisees, & Sadducees are going to
    get nervous about the place of the Law in Judaism.
       If Jes...
   The scribes, Pharisees, & Sadducees are going to
    get nervous about the place of the Law in Judaism.
       If Jes...
Matthew 5:17-20
   Jesus, as THE LAW’S BULLS EYE, speaks of
    “Fulfilling the Law.”




       The Law’s Bulls Eye
   Jesus, as THE LAW’S BULLS EYE, speaks of
    “Fulfilling the Law.”
   Thus, he tells us of:
       PURPOSE.
       ...
Purpose
    v 17
   “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law
    or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but
    to fulf...
But, Jesus did come
 to abolish the Law!
   Scripture teaches that Jesus nailed the Law to his
    cross.




        The Law’s Bulls Eye
   Scripture teaches that Jesus nailed the Law to his
    cross.
       “By abolishing the law of commandments expressed...
   Scripture teaches that Jesus nailed the Law to his
    cross.
       Eph 2:15.
       “And you, who were dead in you...
How could Jesus say
that he didn’t come to
     abolish the Law?
   KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law,
    or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to
    fulfil.”
...
   KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law,
    or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to
    fulfil.”
...
   KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law,
    or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to
    fulfil.”
...
   KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law,
    or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to
    fulfil.”
...
   KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law,
    or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to
    fulfil.”
...
   KJV: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law,
    or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to
    fulfil.”
...
Jesus didn’t come to
cast aside the Law of
              Moses.
Jesus didn’t come to
cast aside the Law of
              Moses.
Jesus came to fulfill the Law of Moses.
   Jesus contrasts destroying the Law with fulfilling it.
    He is the perfect fulfillment of the Law.




        The L...
   Jesus contrasts destroying the Law with fulfilling it.
    He is the perfect fulfillment of the Law.
       “The law ...
   Jesus contrasts destroying the Law with fulfilling it.
    He is the perfect fulfillment of the Law.
       Gal 3:24-...
   Jesus contrasts destroying the Law with fulfilling it.
    He is the perfect fulfillment of the Law.
       Gal 3:24-...
   Only because Jesus perfectly fulfilled the Law was
    he able to take it out of the way at Golgotha.




        The ...
   Only because Jesus perfectly fulfilled the Law was
    he able to take it out of the way at Golgotha.
   “Until the L...
Passing
    v 18
   “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass
    away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law
    unt...
   Jesus says that it’s easier for heaven & earth to pass
    away than for the smallest part of the Law to pass
    away...
   Jesus says that it’s easier for heaven & earth to pass
    away than for the smallest part of the Law to pass
    away...
   Jesus says that it’s easier for heaven & earth to pass
    away than for the smallest part of the Law to pass
    away...
   Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.




        The Law’s Bulls Eye
   Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.
       The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand
      ...
   Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.
       The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand
      ...
   Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.
       The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand
      ...
   Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.
       The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand
      ...
   Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.
       The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand
      ...
   Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture.
       The smallest parts of the Old Testament would stand
      ...
We must understand
that the Word of God
    does not change.
   Some use this text to say that the Law of Moses is
    still in effect.




        The Law’s Bulls Eye
   Some use this text to say that the Law of Moses is
    still in effect.
       Jesus does, after all, say, “Until hea...
   Some use this text to say that the Law of Moses is
    still in effect.
       Jesus does, after all, say, “Until hea...
   Some use this text to say that the Law of Moses is
    still in effect.
       Jesus does, after all, say, “Until hea...
   Some use this text to say that the Law of Moses is
    still in effect.
       Jesus does, after all, say, “Until hea...
Thus, in the Person of
Jesus Christ, the Law
    has been fulfilled.
Thus, in the Person of
Jesus Christ, the Law
    has been fulfilled.
     It has, therefore, passed away.
Performance
        v 19
   “Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these
    commandments and teaches others to do the same
    will be ca...
   Obviously, the Law of Moses was still in effect
    when Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount.




        The Law’s Bu...
   Obviously, the Law of Moses was still in effect
    when Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount.
       Jesus’ hearers c...
   Obviously, the Law of Moses was still in effect
    when Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount.
       Jesus’ hearers c...
To teach others to
 disobey God is a
       serious sin.
To teach others to
      disobey God is a
            serious sin.
Not only am I in error, but I’m leading
               ...
   False teachers lead many to destruction.




        The Law’s Bulls Eye
   False teachers lead many to destruction.
       “There will be false teachers among you, who will
        secretly br...
   False teachers lead many to destruction.
       2 Pet 2:1-2.
       “There are many who are insubordinate, empty tal...
   The one who follows & teaches these words will be
    called great in the kingdom of heaven.




        The Law’s Bul...
   The one who follows & teaches these words will be
    called great in the kingdom of heaven.
       We need to apply ...
   The one who follows & teaches these words will be
    called great in the kingdom of heaven.
       We need to apply ...
   The one who follows & teaches these words will be
    called great in the kingdom of heaven.
       We need to apply ...
   The one who follows & teaches these words will be
    called great in the kingdom of heaven.
       We need to apply ...
Are you performing
   the Will of God?
Purity
   v 20
   “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds
    that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never
    enter the...
What does obeying the
Law have to do with the
   righteousness of the
  scribes & Pharisees?
   The scribes & Pharisees greatly valued the Law.




        The Law’s Bulls Eye
   The scribes & Pharisees greatly valued the Law.
       “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so
        ...
   The scribes & Pharisees greatly valued the Law.
       Mt 23:2-3.
       But, their dedication to God stopped there....
   The scribes & Pharisees greatly valued the Law.
       Mt 23:2-3.
       But, their dedication to God stopped there....
   The scribes & Pharisees greatly valued the Law.
       Mt 23:2-3.
       But, their dedication to God stopped there....
Here, Jesus “marries”
      the two parts of
         obeying God:
  Inner obedience & Outer obedience
   Outward obedience is so important.




        The Law’s Bulls Eye
   Outward obedience is so important.
       Uzzah found that out when he reached out to steady
        “the ark of God....
   Outward obedience is so important.
       Uzzah found that out when he reached out to steady
        “the ark of God....
   Inner obedience is likewise important.




        The Law’s Bulls Eye
   Inner obedience is likewise important.
       E.g., “I say to you that everyone who looks at a
        woman with lus...
   Inner obedience is likewise important.
       E.g., “I say to you that everyone who looks at a
        woman with lus...
   Throughout this chapter of Matthew, Jesus urges his
    hearers to purify their hearts & serve God with their
    all....
   Throughout this chapter of Matthew, Jesus urges his
    hearers to purify their hearts & serve God with their
    all....
   Throughout this chapter of Matthew, Jesus urges his
    hearers to purify their hearts & serve God with their
    all....
   Throughout this chapter of Matthew, Jesus urges his
    hearers to purify their hearts & serve God with their
    all....
Have you given your
        all to God?
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  1. 1. The Law’s Bulls Eye Matthew 5:17-20
  2. 2. God expects his people to follow his Law meticulously.
  3. 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. 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. 5. God’s expectations were no different under the Old Testament.
  6. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 13.  The scribes, Pharisees, & Sadducees are going to get nervous about the place of the Law in Judaism. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  14. 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. 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. 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. 17. Matthew 5:17-20
  18. 18.  Jesus, as THE LAW’S BULLS EYE, speaks of “Fulfilling the Law.” The Law’s Bulls Eye
  19. 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. 20. Purpose v 17
  21. 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. 22. But, Jesus did come to abolish the Law!
  23. 23.  Scripture teaches that Jesus nailed the Law to his cross. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  24. 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. 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. 26. How could Jesus say that he didn’t come to abolish the Law?
  27. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 33. Jesus didn’t come to cast aside the Law of Moses.
  34. 34. Jesus didn’t come to cast aside the Law of Moses. Jesus came to fulfill the Law of Moses.
  35. 35.  Jesus contrasts destroying the Law with fulfilling it. He is the perfect fulfillment of the Law. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  36. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 41. Passing v 18
  42. 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. 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. 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. 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. 46.  Jesus here speaks to the immutability of Scripture. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  47. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 53. We must understand that the Word of God does not change.
  54. 54.  Some use this text to say that the Law of Moses is still in effect. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  55. 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. 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. 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. 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. 59. Thus, in the Person of Jesus Christ, the Law has been fulfilled.
  60. 60. Thus, in the Person of Jesus Christ, the Law has been fulfilled. It has, therefore, passed away.
  61. 61. Performance v 19
  62. 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. 63.  Obviously, the Law of Moses was still in effect when Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  64. 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. 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. 66. To teach others to disobey God is a serious sin.
  67. 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. 68.  False teachers lead many to destruction. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  69. 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. 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. 71.  The one who follows & teaches these words will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  72. 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. 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. 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. 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. 76. Are you performing the Will of God?
  77. 77. Purity v 20
  78. 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. 79. What does obeying the Law have to do with the righteousness of the scribes & Pharisees?
  80. 80.  The scribes & Pharisees greatly valued the Law. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  81. 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. 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. 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. 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. 85. Here, Jesus “marries” the two parts of obeying God: Inner obedience & Outer obedience
  86. 86.  Outward obedience is so important. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  87. 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. 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. 89.  Inner obedience is likewise important. The Law’s Bulls Eye
  90. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 96. Have you given your all to God?
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