Bible thoughts – Matthew 5:17-20
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The Law was given not to weigh people down but to free them. It was intended as a tool by which we could become more human – be as God had intended – that’s why it forbade inhuman acts such as murder and stealing.
But the religious leaders in Jesus time had made it something else completely. For them is was a tool by which they had all the power, by which they looked good – never mind how they acted. It was all play-acting: hypocrisy.
But Jesus, he was and is different. He is all that is good and right and whole with the world. In actions and deeds he was truly human – he fulfilled the law.
And its not like the religious leaders could have pleaded innocence, what with God telling one of their great prophets:
“Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
So our job is not to run around pretending we keep all the rules, but to look to Jesus, the perfecter of our faith and to see what it is that he both teaches – and modeled in his life.