Matthew 5-7: Learning From Jesus About The Law
[Matthew 5:1-48 ESV] 1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. 17 “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. 18 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. 19 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. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. 31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. 33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
[Matthew 6:1-34 ESV] 1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. 16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
[Matthew 7:1-29 ESV] 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” 28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
I thank you father, my Father in heaven, we thank you for the opportunity to learn from your Word today, we thank you for Jesus that helps us to see the law as it is. Father, we thank you for his work when he was here on earth, we thank you that He was perfect and obeyed your law perfectly, we thank you that through His death and resurrection, He fulfilled the law, so that we can stand before you as your children, we thank you that He enables us today to fulfill the law through the Spirit He’s given to us and by the completed work on the cross, I pray that you would help us to understand your word clearly now and I pray that it would change us and help us. Father, I asked this in your precious name, amen.
Alright, well, it is good to have you with us today.
We’re gonna start off with just a little story.
So a young man and a young woman were struggling with their marriage, and they needed help, so they talked to a mature Christian, that they knew at the church. The mature Christian suggested three things: number one, say, “I love you every single day. Number two, give each other a hug and a kiss before either one of you leaves the house and number three, do something nice for the other person. The young married couple met with the mature Christian again a week later, the husband said I tried what you said but it didn’t work.
I said I love you every day. I gave her a hug and a kiss before either of us left the house I bought her flowers, but we still can’t have a conversation without fighting the mature Christian responded to the husband. Good, I’m gonna challenge you, your homework for next week for this next week is to do the same.
When the wife spoke, she said, I tried what you said and I think it worked.
I said I love you every day. In those words echoed in my mind throughout the day, I gave them a hug and a kiss before either of us left the house, and I treasured the warmth of his hug and the touch and softness of his lips for hours after I smelled the flowers whenever I was in the house and spent hours thinking of what I could do for him to show him that I loved him mature Christian responded to the wife. Good, let me help you communicate better with your husband.
I have a question for you.
Which of these followed the suggested steps, from the mature Christian, which of these followed the advice of the mature Christian?… So, the truth is that each of us have a lot of baggage when we come to read the Bible, especially when we come to read the law and the first kind of layer of baggage is always the fact that we are reading an ancient document we are reading a document that’s 2-000 years old, and it has references to things 200 years ago that we don’t understand a language it’s not always super clear. And that’s just the New Testament, we’re not even talking about the Old Testament, which was written, 35 centuries ago.
So that’s one big thing that we bring with us, we bring these glasses that we look at life through a 21st century perspective, but we also bring the baggage of strict parents who raised us or mistakes that we’ve made from the past, or the desire to see ourselves positively and we bring much much more baggage. And the truth of the matter is, many of the Israelites brought that kind of same baggage when they came to the law and it’s for that reason that Jesus spends his longest the longest recorded sermon in the word of God from Jesus, that we have.
He spends talking about the law and correcting misconceptions or tendencies that you and I have concerning the law and obedience and righteousness. So that’s what we’re going to do today, we are going to in a minute, correct for common tendencies that we have when it comes to reading the law.
Alright, but before we get there, I wanna talk for a few minutes about the first couple of sections and how J introduces his sermon. And honestly, I thought about cutting this out but I thought it was too good. And so, I left it in there. And I want you to just make a note or two, if you’re a note-taker, and then just chew on this just chew on it a little bit, okay?
It’s not gonna have a lot to do with the main subject of the sermon but I think it’s important given that the entire Sermon is primarily focused discussing the law, and correcting some bad tendencies about the law.
I think the first section is also about the law, and it starts with the famous Beatitudes. And don’t worry if you don’t know the beatitudes that’s okay.
They’re a beautiful… And “rhythmic little statements that Jesus makes that are meant to proud in us not only a desire, for us to live better, but a desire for the promises that are given and I believe that these Beatitudes or Jesus as sort concise way of representing the whole of God’s expectations in the Old Testament, it obedience to the law is always represented by the attitude that’s given. For instance, Verse 3, “The poor in spirit, which is another way of saying someone who’s humble, you’re not rich in spirit, you’re not… You don’t think you got it all together, no, you’re needy.
So the attitude of obedience in the old testament covenant, that needed to be followed was a dependency on God, and the blessings that come from the old testament covenant, are then listed as well first they’re blessed, and second, they will receive the Kingdom of Heaven. And if you read all of those in that context and makes so much more sense in fact these are not… Jesus didn’t come up with these by himself. I suppose you could say, if you go back far enough, ultimately God inspired the writing of the Old Testament scriptures, but Jesus is referring with each of these beatitudes to Psalm 37, Psalm 34, Psalm 24, Isaiah 60-1, Isaiah 55, Exodus 34, he’s referring to the whole of just the biblical narrative, how every time a Godly person came, it seems like the people of Israel would kill him and throw him out and over and over again. He’s appealing to this Old Testament these Old Testament ideas and he’s put them together in this concise way that is formatted the same blessed are the blank because they’ll receive this promise, then it’s his way of summarizing the whole testament law, remember the promises of the Old Testament law you need to read it, you can read Deuteronomy 28 to 32 in that most closes the sermon. And he says If you obey, then all of these blessings will be yours and these blessings were pointing to a greater blessing a heavenly blessing. We know that from the writer of Hebrews.
And then if you don’t obey, then all of these curses will be yours, so… So what does it mean to obey the covenant? Well, you could list off all 60-11, we learned last week, of the Tora, Thou shalt and thou shalt nots. You could list that off but Jesus instead chooses to represent what obedient looks like and in short little statements those who mourn and probably that could be set for their sin, instead of laughing or treating it lightly. Blessed are the meek, the gentle, the humble, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, busted or those who are merciful to the needy around them “blessed are those who are pure in heart blessed are the peace makers the ones who make alone around them “blessed are those who are persecute it, for righteousness sake.
If you have those attitudes then the promises of the old testament covenant, will also be yours, you will have the Kingdom of Heaven.
You will be comforted, you will be satisfied you will receive mercy, you will inherit the Earth, you will see God, you will be called sons of God. That’s pretty neat, right?
It’s meat. What Jesus does here with this section, but that’s not all the salt and the light passage is also really neat verse 13 of chapter 5 or the salt of the earth, but it has lost its taste. How shall it “saltire restored? It’s no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hid, and nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand and it gives light to all in the house in the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.
Now whatever else you can say about salt and light, you can say that it adds a positive influence to the its environment.
And remember from Exodus 19: 5 and 6, what God was calling the Israelites to be through obedience to the 10 commandments, they were going to be a royal priesthood to the nations, a holy nation of all the nations, so that they could represent Jesus Christ and fulfill the Abraham, a covenant from Genesis Chapter 12, which is that they would be a blessing to the nations.
And so here, Jesus uses these illustrations I’ve called you by your obedience, I’ve called you by being poor in spirit, and by being meek, and by hunger and thirst for righteousness, I’ve called you to be salt and light, and if you’re not gonna be that and you’re not the positive influence on the nations, and we know by the end of Matthew the call Mathew 28 Go into all the world, preach the Gospel to all the nations. So it’s just this really neat thing. And then the city on a hill is a really clear reference to Isaiah Chapter 20, chapter 40 in chapter 11, where the city is situated on a hill and out of that, the law is going, and it’s a piece is gonna flow from their nations are gonna flow to there to receive righteousness. And there’s not gonna many wars, or fighting and people are gonna beat their swords into farming equipment. It’s gonna be a beautiful thing. And that’s the idea here. If they were obedient then those things that could have happened even in a small measure but they weren’t, they weren’t the city on a hill that God had called them to be. So just some really clever things. So we’re gonna jump into 4, tenancies. I’ve got right up here some notes for you to take. They’ll be up here and I hope that’ll be beneficial to you if you’re a no-taker, you can write down and follow along exactly what I’m saying. There are four common back tendencies that we have when it comes to the law or to obedience and Jesus is going to correct those through this sermon, and we’re not gonna be able to cover all of Matthew 57, but we are gonna survey it and pick out key verses real quick here are there. So the first one, the first one is: sees is we tend to think that religious commotion is obedience. Now, I’m gonna go out of order because I’m gonna try to bring things to a point later on.
And so we’re actually gonna start here in chapter six.
Number one, we have a tendency to think that religious commotion is obedience and there are some sub-points under this, there are some sub-points under this, each of these sub-points are gonna begin with will kind of the letter E, the first one begins with kind of an H sound, sorry. I couldn’t figure out a way to a literate illiterate, it number one, we have a tendency to think religious commotion is obedience and we have this sentence to think that if we do obvious or open religious deeds that that will be enough. But the truth is, that is not enough. Look at Verses One and to Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your father.
Who is it happen? So just doing things so that other people will see it showing up to church, just so people will see it and think you’re doing well, not in your had big during the sermon. So people think it’s really pressing and I’ve used this illustration before, but I can remember a time when I was a teenager, and we were taking communion at night and I was sitting by my well with the teens and the front was kind of the tradition with the teens and Sunday vending service, and I can remember we took communion and I can remember they were passing out the elements and I was trying to pray, but then, I slipped into this mindset of wanting to pray and wanting to look like I was praying really hard, so I kept on shifting position from bowing my head to up and I was Quentin my eyes and Quentin my face, and trying to make it look like I was really praying hard. We tend to think that if we are religious, and we raise our hands in in the worship service and we sing really loud or we not our head, we’re open just because we’re open that that’s good enough for obedience as long as we’re following the outward religious commotion than we’re doing enough. The second one is We have a Tennessee to think that religious commotion, that’s outward, but not inward. Is enough, and that’s just not true for even says, “When you pray, do you not heap up heap up empty phrases, as the Gentiles, do for… They think that they will be heard for their many words, do not be like them for your Father knows what you need before you ask then he goes into the famous Lord’s Prayer. And so what we’ve got here is an emptiness. They’re saying words outwardly, but they mean nothing inwardly.
I don’t know about you, but oftentimes my religious activity can be hollow and God is that, that is not obedient it’s not enough, we tend to think that as long as we go through the motions by going to church or read in our Bible that that’s enough and it’s not number three. We have a tendency to think that as long as we’re doing the deed, it doesn’t matter what’s in our heart and that’s enough, but that’s not true.
Verse 16, “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites for… They dis-figure their faces that they’re fasting, may be seen by others.
So it’s not just about being open, but you’ve got this alter your motivation that if people will look at you and think your spiritual and think you’re important, and we’ll think that you’re doing really well or maybe if you do well enough you’ll be allowed to teach a Sunday School class or maybe if you do well enough you’ll be allowed to sing with the worship group, the music group, or play an instrument or maybe if you do well enough you’ll be allowed to do this, and so you’re doing it, but you’re doing it as a man pleaser, not for God, and that is not enough, that’s not obedience. And we tend to think that as long as we’re going through the motions outwardly in church with church activities that it’s enough.
And some of you right now need to be confronted with that because some of you… Right now, I might have the computer on or the TV, on, but you’re also scrolling through Facebook on your phone, scroll through Twitter on your phone. It’s not enough to just go through the motions of a religious commotion or religious activity.
Your heart has got to be in it.
A number four honorable religious deeds are not enough, so it’s not enough obedience by going through the motions and doing good religious things by by providing for the needy and taking care of those around you and giving to the church, just they are honorable things, but they’re not enough. It’s not all God expects from you.
And you can look at chapter 7, verse 21, there will be people who say, Lord, Lord, but they’re not gonna get into the Kingdom, of Heaven and they’ll say… “Didn’t we prophesy in your name? We did this honorable thing, didn’t we cast out demons? That’s honorable didn’t we do many mighty works in your name? Those things are honorable, but they’re not enough for obedience to God.
We have this tendency to think that as long as we go through the religious commotion that it’s enough and it’s not, it’s not enough.
The Old Testament brings this up in 1 Samuel 15, Saul is making excuses for his disobedience. He kept back some sheep when he was supposed to kill them all after a battle, and Saul and he said, “Well I’m gonna sacrifice them to God and Emil says, As the Lord is great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying, the voice of the Lord, Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams for rebellion is as the sin of divination and presumption. Is as the iniquity of idolatry because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you, from being king. And so when you go through the motions with hypocrisy and you’re just doing it for yourself those sins are just as bad as the worst sense there is bad as seeking wisdom from evil spirits there is bad as idolatry, and presumption, the idea. I’m going to church I’m giving to the offering I’m reading my Bible therefore I’m obeying is just not the biblical picture of Jesus, and as he describes the laws that brings us to point number two, a second tendency that we have. Actually, I’m gonna pause right now I gotta remember to take any questions if you have any, I’m gonna check real quick, if you have any questions. You can post them now.
Not seeing any questions, yes or one was that we have a tendency to think that religious commotion is obedient so it doesn’t mean religious activity is bad, it is good. We should be obedient our religious activity. It’s just we have a tense to think that as long as we’re doing religious activity that that’s enough, that’s what obedience and it’s not, that’s not enough.
And I’m not seeing any questions so I’m gonna keep moving if you have a question post it and I will check a little later on a little later on.
Number two, we have a tendency… I bring it up here for you.
We have a tendency to make the law into lines in the dirt and then tow the line, look at chapter 5, verses 18 and 19, we’ll come back to Verse 17 And a moment Truly I say to you, until Earth and past and Heaven and Earth pass away, not an iota and not a dot will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever relaxes one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven.
But whoever does them, and teach us other teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus, what do you mean by relaxing the laws?
Well, he’s about to explain what he means by giving one two three four five six examples throughout the rest of the chapter.
He’s gonna get six examples from the law, and from the Pharisees, attempt to obey the law and he’s gonna point out that they’re missing the boat and by actually doing what the Pharisees did with the law, they’re actually creating lines in the dirt and then they have a tendency to to that line and by doing that, they’re not really following the heart of God. So to give you an example from the text, and then I’ll give you an example just in real life. Let’s give an example from the text.
The first one He uses, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be liable to judgment. Where is that set?
You can answer out loud. We’ll do a Blues Clues, thing. Where’s that set good that’s right, the Old Testament law, that’s right, the 10 Commandments, “You shall not murder, you’re not supposed to murder. But I say to you, everyone who is angry at his brother will be liable to judgment. Whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council and whoever says You fool will be liable to the hell to the hell of fire. And so he goes on there. So there’s this tense. Okay, so you read You shall not murder and you think… Okay, so I’m not supposed to murder. Let’s make that align in the sand alright, I’m not supposed to kill anybody in anger, check, I’m not doing that, I haven’t done that lately. Alright, and then you ask the question. Well, what if you kill someone, accidentally, in the Old Testament law, gives examples of that, but you have this line in the sand that says, “Well I’m not allowed to murder anyone, but what if it hit them?
What if I punch them in the face?
Well, there’s loss for that if you damage their eye and they are supposed to recuperate and I, for and I, there’s a retaliation there.
Okay, but what if I hit them and I don’t do permanent damage or what is…
I call them a fool, you fool that doesn’t do any damage, that’s just my words. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. So what they’re doing is there, they create this line in the sand. I’m not supposed to murder, but I’m gonna to that line, I’m gonna walk up to the line and to it and I don’t think I’m gonna cross it, I’m not gonna cross it, but I’m gonna do everything up to that line. And what Jesus is saying is that, that that mindset of creating a line in the sand, and then towing the line is actually relaxing the law because the righteousness of God is much higher than that, the righteousness of God when it comes to murder is about what happens. Not only we’re gonna learn about this in a minute, not only what happens outwardly whether or not somebody actually dies, but what happens inwardly. Are you, murdering them with your desires are you, murdering them, in your thoughts? Are you, murdering them with your tongue by slandering their reputation? And so, by towing the line, you’ve actually relaxed the righteous standards of God instead of she following it the way, got IT seats.
Let me give you a lost a ton, okay, I’m sure many of you are familiar and I know not all of you have kids, but you grew up as a kid and you probably would have a bed time parents, you have a bed time for your kids. Let’s say that there was a rule that the kids should be in bed by 80 O’clock.
Okay, that’s the rule, that’s what the spoken or written rule is.
You need to be in bed by 8 o’clock. Well in this context, relaxing that rule for one night we would normally think would be judging the rule would be Well, we’ll let them stay up to 830.
Okay, normally we would think we’ll relax the rule for the night. That way you can stay up later, alright, but that is not how Jesus uses the word. Relax, here, Okay, Jesus is using the word relaxed in a way that is focusing on the letter and ignoring the heart, so relaxing. The rule in our illustration would mean that the kids technically are in bed at 7-59 and 59 seconds but then they they sit in bed, and they play with their toys and they talk out loud and they talk with their siblings if they’re sharing a room. And the question is, is that kind of view of the law is that obedience?
No, that is not obedience. They might be following the letter of the law, the letter is to be in bed by 8 o’clock, right?
But, they’re not following the heart of the law.
Now, when we’re raising our kids, we want our kids to obey the heart of the rules that we make, and rules are good, and that would mean we would want our kids to want to be in bed, so that they can get good sleep so that they can be a healthy so that they are not grumpy the next day to want to obey us, and they get in bed and they close their eyes and they try to fall asleep as much as they’re able. It doesn’t mean they’re gonna be able to always fall asleep right away, but that means that’s a… That’s what it means to follow the heart of the rule that we’ve set up, but that’s not what our tendency is, our tendency is to make God’s laws or what it means to obey God, or lines in the dirt.
And then we have this tendency to tow the line. This is really prevalent. If you grew up in the Christian and in a church you’ve talked to you probably heard since youth group lessons, camp lessons, whatever about how far is too far when you’re dating someone?
Okay, are you allowed to hold hands with someone when you’re dating, are you allowed to kiss someone when you’re dating?
We know you’re not supposed to have pre-marital sex, but because that’s what the Bible teaches really clearly. But what does that include? What is the line in the sand?
So what we have there is a tendency and all, I think young Christian couples will go through this tendency before they get married.
They’ll have a tendency to make lines, say We won’t do this, we won’t do this, but then they tow the line, they get right up next to the line, and they push the issue and that is not what God wants, that’s relaxing a righteous standard that God wants. He wants his teens, he wants his people to be pursuing righteousness and obedience and love, true love, not just an arrow or an infatuation with the other person, but true love that sacrifices. My wants for their good, that’s what he desires for them.
So what do we have? We actually have examples of this, a couple different examples from the gospel, the Gospels, the first one is in Matthew 23, this is in the famous wo passage which is Jesus making a lot of illusions a lot of illusions to my favorite book Isaiah, He says, “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the way to your matters of the law: Justice and mercy and faithfulness, these you ought to have done without neglecting the others.
Alright, I ate now, what are you saying there? Okay, you know what a tithe is, it’s hopefully you know what a tie-is, is where you take your money and you divide it into 10 parts, and you give one part to God, then you do that pre-test, that’s the biblical pattern is to do that pre-tax you tie 10% to God, it’s yours God. And so, what you’ve got here is religious experts with these Pharisees who are creating a line in the sand, and they’re saying, “Okay well our harvest this year, our garden this year had meant that had Dell and had human… Let’s take all the leaves up. Let’s divide those into 10 parts, and we give one of those 10 parts, we’re gonna give to the temple to the Levites and the priests for them to use, they’re carefully measuring it out, and they’re weighing it out, to make sure they’ve got one-tenth that they’re giving of their herbs of all things, and yet while they’re doing it, they’re missing the heart of God’s commands, and the heart of God’s commands. Yes, is to tithe and to give to the priests in the Levite. You should obey that you should follow those lines, so to speak, but you should also understand the heart of justice and mercy and faithfulness, from the Old Testament law.
Another great example is in the story leading up to the Good Samaritan. Do you know that story, my story of the Good Samaritan where Jesus tells a story of a man who gets beaten on a trip on his way somewhere and he… We’re two religious leaders passed by me and don’t help them, but then a Samaritan” man passes by him and normally Samaritans and Jews wouldn’t have gotten along, but this married and put that aside and sacrificed his own money and time to help this man, get better and healthy and strong again, and it’s just this amazing and profound story but that story is given to teach somebody to work with somebody who is trying to relax the law.
Here’s the exchange that happens right before Jesus tells that story.
A lawyer stood up to put them to test saying teacher. What shall I do to inherit eternal life?
He said to him, What is written in the law, how do you read it?
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself, and he said to him, “You have answered correctly, Do this, and you will live But he desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, Who is my neighbor, what is the man doing there?
He’s making rights he’s saying, Okay, are my neighbors, my immediate family and the people on either side of my house Are those my neighbors, because if those are my neighbors, I might be able to figure out how to obey and how to follow the law by doing and loving “Damas myself.
And Jesus is saying, Yeah, if you do those things, you’re gonna live.
And so, this man is saying, I wanna make sure that I’m doing enough I wanna fulfill that law and then I wanna be able to say You’re not my neighbor, you’re outside of the line you’re on the other side of the line, so I’m not going to treat you, as I should treat myself.
And then Jesus tells that story of the Good Samaritan and then he asks Which one the religious leaders, the two religious leaders are Marian man proved to be a neighbor to that man, and the man answered the Samaritan and he said, “Go and do likewise. What’s the point? The point is that being a good neighbor, is loving anyone and everyone, there are no lines that you can to…
No, you have to follow the heart, the heart of God is to love Him, with all your heart and to love mankind. Everyone you come into contact with to desire. They’re well-being and served them and yeah, you might only have so much resources, to do so much to give to them and to help them, and to listen to them and to help them financially. You might have a limited amount of resources, and yet you’re called to do that, and I think that’s what Jesus does here he interprets the heart of the law in that story by saying The heart is not to tow the line, not to make lines, but to follow the principle to follow the heart of the one who made the law.
Number three, our third tendency, our third tendency is that we tend to lower the bar of righteousness. And I’m gonna jump into that in a minute, I’m gonna double check to see if there’s any questions. I haven’t seen any questions yet.
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So if you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask it. I’ll try to do my best to get to it, hopefully you understand where we’re driving at our third point is that we have a tendency to lower the ball of righteousness, we have a tendency to lower not only do we… We need the line and then to it at, we also, when we’re towing the line, when we make those lines we actually are making the line a little lower, a little easier for us to meet up to.
When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to play basketball, on a 7-and-a-half-foot rim. I love doing it. In fact, most days after church, there was a neighbor immediately next to the church. The RIC is Jim and lawyer that they had a hoop set up an adjustable hoop in their driveway. And I don’t know if I ever technically asked permission maybe once or twice or did but then I stopped asking permission, and we just went over there, grabbed a ball out of the garage and we’d start playing on the 7 and 5 foot rim and we dunk and everything. When I got older I enjoyed doing the same thing in the last time I did this, I did it with my two brother-in-laws and as we were playing one of us, I won’t say who got a black guy and one of us broke our ankle, or sprained our ankle pretty bad, and that was the last time we played on the lower rim. And why do we do that?
Well, because we wanna dunk it.
We’re not LeBron James, where we’re not Zion Williamson, we’re not these guys who are that athletics so we lower the bar for ourselves so that we can feel like we’ve achieved some. But what Jesus shows us here, especially it’s one of the emphasis at the sees of this sermon by Jesus, is that God’s standard of righteousness is much, much higher than just the letter of the law so much you to try and exercise this week. Alright, I encourage you to try to do this in fact, maybe we’ll do it right now, we’ll give you just a couple of minutes to do it right now.
So I want to encourage you to write down on a paper, about the sin of anger and I want you to write down what crossing the line looks like when it comes to anger, and I want you to write your own kind of commandments about anger, you shall not What you shall not hurt somebody physically, you shall not hurt somebody with your words, “you shall not hurt somebody with your sin, emotions, and you can write those down right now and I wanna encourage you to try to cover every example and every possibility of trying to prevent someone from ever is sitting in an anger write those down what it looks like to obey God with in… I’m just gonna give you a few minutes right now. Well, we’ll make this interactive and what we’ll do this, so write down every possibility that you can think of maybe write down five or 10 commands about anger to try to prevent people from being able to sin in anger.
Okay, and write it down. I’m only giving you a couple of minutes here, this won’t be a final exercise, you can do this a little bit more later, but write down five or 10 statements that you think, if followed would prevent someone from being able to commit sin in, anger, okay, I don’t good.
Now, I want you to show it to a neighbor.
Alright, I want you to show the commands you came up with to your neighbor, to your wife or to somebody who sit next to you or near you, if you don’t have anybody right next to you, that’s okay. You could post them in the comments and we can do this exercise there and that neighbor I want to be allowed to pick that apart. I want that neighbor to try to find a way to sin, without breaking one of your… You shall not.
Okay, so one of the examples that I just gave, for anger, maybe you wrote down, you shouldn’t hurt anyone physically, you shouldn’t hurt anyone with your words, you shouldn’t, whatever. But did you remember to write down? What if somebody gives the cold shoulder okay, is it a sin of anger to just not talk to somebody, ’cause you don’t wanna talk to him, ’cause you’re angry at them?
Okay, did you remember to write that down?
And we could go on and on and on with these. And how anger has so many different ways that it can come up in your life it’s like a game of whack-a-mole.
As soon as you think you have got these covered and these over here are good enough. It pops up in another area. And not only that, but maybe anger is not making its way out, but it’s eating you up inside, and that’s not righteous, that’s not what obedience ultimately looks like what… And we’re commanded not to be angry in a sinful way.
And you could do that with every single sin you could do that with adultery, you could do that with line, you could do that was stealing, you could do that with church participation you can do that with giving covering honoring parents prayer corrupt talk, laziness loving money priorities of things over God priorities of things out over your family responsibilities, parenting espousing and just imagine what it would look like to try to come up with enough command, so that we could actually obey them.
See, the problem is, we have this tendency to by writing them down, and figuring that we’re actually lowering the bar of righteousness that God sets so that we can try to achieve it and you start to see the problem, the Bible. This is what I talked about last week. The Bible never meant in the Old Testament to write a comprehensive law code covering every single possibility and every person’s life from all time, however, no writing could ever do that.
Your writings could never do that.
However, it does point us to the principles of obedience and what love to your neighbor looks like, “love to God, looks like, what appropriate justice looks like in a society, what caring for the needy, looks like in a society -the other Torah is the embodiment of what righteousness might have looked like in a broken world, 34 centuries ago.
It’s pointing to principles and Jesus shows in this chapter, the principles of God’s law.
Remember your standard for your kids, you want them to be in bed, but you don’t just want them to be in bed, you want them to be getting to sleep so that they can be healthy and not grumpy the next morning, right?
That’s what you mean by saying, in bed by eight.
So how is God’s law higher? And I’m just gonna run through these real quick, right? And I think you need to see them, but I want you to… I wanna run through them and not get bogged down. Number one, Jesus shows that the law demands righteousness in action, and this is from Chapter 7, and in verse 12. whatever you wish others would do to you do also to them for this is the Law and Profit, so you need to actually be bet in your actions, and I think most people would recognize that this is true, the problem is that actually the law demands a much higher level of righteousness in action. Then we are comfortable with look at Chapter Five, and Verse the 8. you’ve heard that it was said, and I, for an I-attitude for a tooth. But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil, but if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him, the other also anyone would sue and take your tune a lot. I’m have your cloak anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him to give to the one who begs, from you do not refuse the one who would borrow from you? And so you start to see actually… God’s law of righteousness, if you followed it, I… You wouldn’t be comfortable with it, you what I’m saying, our tendency is to think, it is to find whatever the lowest maybe highest common do I would say lowest denominator of goodness in is in our society, and at least try to do that. And so you have a lot of people in our society who by everyone’s standards are generally good people, but God’s level of righteousness is actually much higher than that, much higher than we’re comfortable with.
Number three: Jesus shows that the law demands righteousness, not only in action, but in speech. He says, “if you say You fool. I used the example in Verses 21 and 22. if you say You fool and anger with someone… Well, then you’re just as the liable for judgment, as if you actually murdered them.
I see the law demands righteousness in your speech too and not only when people can hear you when people can’t hear you as well.
Number four, Jesus shows that the law demands righteousness in our desires versus 43 and 44.You’ve heard that it was said You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy, but I say Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you love this.
Yes, about action, but it’s also about heart it’s about desire, it’s about your emotion, your passions are you willing to have a good disposition, toward them because that’s part of what love is the law demands righteousness and desires, Jesus shows that the law demands righteousness and our thoughts, Verse 27 and 28, you’ve heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery, but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So it’s not just about desires, it’s not just about actions, it’s not just about words, it’s about what your thoughts are as well.
Jesus shows that loyalty to anything above God is pagan idol worship, I love what Jesus does here.
Chapter 6, Verse 24.
No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and to spite the other.
You cannot serve God and money, to… Or the good translation of that, it’s an Aramaic word is… Man, it’s a a proper name, it’s a proper name for God, it’s a proper name for a god of money, and I throughout time, it’s always been gods, or idols, of money in every single culture, every pagan culture, and even cultures that claim to a moved past God they still worship the what almighty dollar, right?
Sex, Power, and money, right? And if you look throughout every culture of all time, those three tend to be this common theme a powerful influence throughout every culture. And Jesus says, You think that you’re not worshipping pagan idols. So you’re doing pretty good but actually if you have loyalty to money above God and this can play its way out in many different ways if you’re selfish with your money instead of giving with your money and not just to the church, but to those around you, or a need, if you’re constantly adding more and more toys in pre-Your mind and your heart is obsessed with things, and the things of this world, then guess what, that’s idol worship, that’s pagan idol worship. You’re worshipping and you’re serving mammon the god of money, and he does this and Paul understands this, and says, Covetousness is idolatry, in Colossians, and then many people today have recognized, then if that’s true, of money, you can also apply that principle in many other areas like if you’re working really hard for the idol of success or if you work really hard for the idol of your career path or if you’re working really hard for the idol of your kids being successful and doing a good job, you can see.
So this just hopefully should make you feel a little uncomfortable here.
And the reason is because you’re starting to see that God’s bar of righteousness is much higher and you might have lowered it you might have been lowering it by saying, “Well if I do religious deeds, if I go to church and read my Bible and if I’m generally a good person in our society or at least what our society would recognize as good then I’m probably okay. And that is actually lowering the bar of God’s righteousness and that brings me to verse 20, of chapter 50 and 40. I’m just gonna focus on Verse 48, he says You therefore must be complete are perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect and that word has to do with completely fulfilling the law, you have to completely fulfill the law, not just do it in your actions, but do it with everything in your heart, your desires, your thoughts, everything fulfill it completely. And so you start to see a problem here. Now, when I get to this point when I did get to this point I have, I don’t know about you and I, I think we’re doing this right. You should have a sincere sense of hopelessness, right, or hopeless. Because I know myself, I cannot keep these, I could probably be good enough for the general society to think I’m a good person, but I cannot do enough to fulfill all these loss to fulfill God’s standard of righteousness.
I can’t, and I think that’s part of the reason that Jesus teaches. It’s not the only reason we’re gonna get to this in a moment, and that brings us to point number four.
You guys are doing great.
Any questions that are out there?
You can ask your questions in the comments and I will do my best to answer them, Jennifer, I liked that the list of how you cannot be angry how you can avoid sending you shall not be passively aggressive passively passive aggressively passive are aggressively aggressive. I really like, but that’s a really good way to summarize what it means to not be angry. I like that a lot.
Any other questions on here, I says, I think people tend to do is, these tendencies because they lack the heart motivation to follow from the heart and don’t know how to change that. So the next best thing they think is to follow the laws as best they can. How can we help people from this text to want to follow the law from the heart, we’re getting there, Tim, you can feel what we’re building to.
That’s from that question. Okay, so that brings me to number 4. the law is fulfilled by Christ, through His death life, death and resurrection, the law is fulfilled by Christ through his life, death and resurrection.
What Christ did with the law is not abolishing it which is the word that’s used is in chapter 5… 21, I do not think that I’ve come to abolish the law profit. This is a ‘demolish word, it has the idea of removing a building completely off the grounds of something. And he says No, “I’m not destroying it, I’m fulfilling it, I’m fulfilling what it was meant to be. Let me give you an illustration of this, let’s say that you and a friend starting non-profit with the goal of ending homelessness in the Mon okay, you work and recruit volunteers to work evenings and weekends towards that goal.
You build houses you offer training for the homeless, help get them jobs and get them services. You work against drug addiction and a variety of ways you offer small acts of love to the homeless and you do amazing things and you do make a difference in some… But largely, the stats remain exactly the same. Then one day Bill Gates offers you one billion dollars to help you with your efforts with a billion dollars, you can fund more drug addiction centers, you can build help build low-cost living or halfway houses, you can offer training and education more much more with a billion dollars you could hire more workers, to help you could build an office building, you could purchase tools, you could create the best training materials you could lobby the political figures in our system.
You can quit your job and pursue this passion full-time you shot for the moon with your original goal and you started your non-profit. But the reality is that it was very unlikely that you and a few friends could end homelessness in demon working nights and weekends with little money and few connections, but with a billion dollars, you might be able to do it or at least make a big difference.
It’s an imperfect illustration, but the billion dollars helped to fulfill the original goal, the goal didn’t change the non-profit didn’t dissolve, you didn’t abolish the non-profit, a billion dollars, changed, nothing about the essential direction to but it did make it so the non-profit could fulfill its purpose. Christ did not change the goal of the law, the law is not destroyed, or abolished. Christ changed, nothing about the essential direction of the move of moving people toward righteousness. So they could be a breath of fresh air to the world, but Christ did fulfill the purpose of the law in a way that couldn’t have been done before. He fulfilled it completely.
So there are two main ways that he does this. The first is that the law is fulfilled by Christ through his life, death and resurrection.
Okay, there is an important teaching in Romans and a few different key passages I wanna run through the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law.
Okay, so the righteousness of God is shown to us in a way that is different from the law, how well the law on the profits actually are pointing to it. That gives you a hint: it’s pointing to the Messiah, the righteousness of God through faith in Christ for all who believe, for there is no distinction and it goes on to talk about the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
There’s a key passage in Matthew 3, a few chapters before this where Jesus is getting baptized and he asked John baptize him. John says No, I’m not gonna do that and Jesus says No. Let it be. So for now, for thus it Is it fitting to fulfill all righteousness? And then John baptized what does he mean, what he means is that for Jesus to truly fulfill all of the righteousness of the law, he had to follow all of the law throughout his entire life perfectly, he had to hear, “be baptized to identify with John the Baptist, message and he had to submit perfectly to the Father in His death and then his subsequent resurrection. See, the law is ultimately fulfilled by Jesus, the one man who could fulfill it, and that’s why God became a man, so that he could fulfill it, Therefore, as one trespass by Adam led to condemnation for all men. So, one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all man, you see Jesus’ righteousness is what will give us justification or what will make us righteous in the eyes of God, so that we can be his children.
And then finally, I loved this passage here, Paul is talking about his life, he says When I was lost, I was a persecutor of the church when I was pursuing the righteousness under the law, I was blameless. But even though he says he was blameless in His righteous in under the law, he realizes that wasn’t good enough, he says Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ, deed, I encounter thing is lost because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, for his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish garbage in order that I may gain Christ and be found him not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on a that… And so what he says here, is that we have been given a gift through Jesus life, death and resurrection, all of those who place their faith in Jesus’s life, death and resurrection, have been given the gift of His righteousness, how he fulfilled not only the letter of the law but the heart of the law perfectly, while He was here on Earth, and that righteousness is given to us so that we could be called children of God, so that we have no more fear of condemnation and our sin is given to Jesus Christ and He is punished on the cross for our son and condemned there so that there is no condemnation, left for us from any sin. Past, present, or future, we have a tendency… Point number four, to try to do it ourselves.
We have a tendency to try to be good enough.
Maybe I can figure this out maybe if I try a little harder, maybe if I did a little more finally I could be good enough. But Jesus says you can’t. Paul says I was blameless when it comes to the righteousness of the law, I was blameless and my obedience to God, but that wasn’t enough that was garbage I needed to throw it away so that I could gain the perfect gift of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. That’s number one here. I wanna pause wanna see if there’s any other questions before I go to the second way that the law is fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
Second way. Alright, I don’t see any other questions. So this brings me to the second way. Alright, part of the reason why I wanted to read that entire section of Scripture and some of you were able to listen to it twice, okay? And part of the reason why I wanted to do that was because I… And me anyway as it’s read there are stirs a strange hopefulness in me.
So yes, the stirs a strange hopelessness that I could never do it. And yet there’s also this hopefulness that man, if I could live like that, that would really be better, man, if me and my friends and my family lived like that, that would really be a lot better man if this world lived like that it is a… This world would be so much better. So there… Stirs in me this hopefulness of what might happen if I and others around me if we could obey the law as Jesus commands here. And so that brings me to the second one and that is the law is fulfilled by Christ through us today, and I mean that exactly how I say it. The laws fulfilled in A… And in our obedience, but it’s fulfilled by Christ only through His enabling, and only through the Holy Spirit. And you need a point, this is Bora several times in the Bible, this is important, fulfilling the law is still important for us today, but not the letter, the spirit of the law is still important for us today.
And I, as a Paul, even though Paul is very concerned in Romans with us not pursuing a righteousness that comes from the law, but rather a righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, he still wants you to go to the law to seek obedience and He says, “Oh to know on anyone in Romans 13, except to love one another for the one who loves one another has fulfilled the law for the commandments.
You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet in any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore, love is fulfilling the law, he wants to fulfill the law in you through love. How does he do this today?
Well, he does this through the Holy Spirit that he’s given to us.
Now, I could build a whole theology of the New Covenant, here, and I’m not gonna do it right now, but part of the problem with the old covenant is that although at times people were trying to hide God’s word in their heart, and God did enable that through the working of the Holy Spirit today there is a special way in which every believer is given the Holy Spirit, there’s a special way in which every believer has the law of God written on their heart. There’s a special way in which through the Holy Spirit, we are given the ability to be on faithful to the covenant and this is brought up in Galatians Chapter 5, “Walk by the Spirit and you will not fulfill the desires, of the flesh, for the desires of the flesh are against the spirit and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh.
And then he goes on a little bit later and he says, The fruit of the spirit, the fruit of walking in the spirit of abiding in Jesus Christ, of relating to God on a personal level of beholding God and His precious love for you and the goodness of our Creator, the fruit of that is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, self-control. against these things, there is no law and in fact, in those things is the fulfillment of the law as the Spirit works in you, and you work with him for your obedience.
We have a tendency to try to do it by ourselves. You can never obey by yourself, you will always end up making things much, much worse, “You need to do it through Christ and the strength, he gives you and the Holy Spirit and His power working in you each and every day.
We’re gonna move to applications, but I wanna double check to see there’s any questions before we get to these applications.
I see some people are poking fun of me.
Okay, so Jennifer, you said projectiles of spit wits and things like that, is something that would be a no-go for anger is that something… Are your kids right now? Spin spit was at the TV screen in that past- lets hope not. Alright, I don’t see any questions. We’re gonna give you another minute before I move an application to ask any questions. If you have them, about the law, the law is good, the law is good.
We learn from Psalm 19, that the law of the Lord is perfect, it revives the soul. And so that brings me to this question actually I think, I think your question, Tim is as they read this text how do we help them to follow this law from their heart?
I think the first step is imagine what life would be like if you live like this, imagine how good it would be and I think you could connect how good it would be to the Beatitudes imagine how amazing it would be to be comforted by God, as you live like this, imagine how amazing it would they received the kingdom of heaven to inherit the Earth, to be satisfied with righteousness to receive mercy to it got to be called imagine how amazing that would be. And that’s the first thing I would do is I would appeal to the promises that are given in this text of just how much better life would be if you’re able to obey. That’s number one, and then number two I would point out, Jesus Christ, we keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith.
And as we set our eyes on him, that’s what gives us that ability to lay aside every weight and the sin that is stuck to us, and then to run the race the way we’re called. So we set our eyes on the one who did fulfill the law, and we set her eyes on the one who, when he, he never got angry in a sinful way we set her eyes on the one who never viewed someone in a way that was using them or abusing them are lust thing after them, but rather only in a pure loving, way.
We fix our eyes on a Savior who cared for the needs around needy people around him, and there’s something about beholding Jesus Christ in the gospels, that has a transformational effect on us creates an “us new desires to wanna be like that to wanna receive the promises to wanna live in this better way to want to embrace what God calls good and hate what God calls evil. So that kinda hopefully answers your question a little bit.
We’re gonna work towards some applications, if you have questions post them now, and I will try to get to them after the applications, number one stop, stop being independent from God, stop trying to do things by yourself, if you’ve been trying to be good enough for God your whole life you’ve been trying to be good enough for God the Jesus did this for you, it’s yours to just receive the gift of His righteousness Etoile the laws that you could be called a child of God, second stop lowering the righteousness of God. Just so you could feel good about yourself.
Well, I didn’t lash out that time but I was thinking about 100 different ways that I wanted to lash out.
Okay, well that’s not more righteous that Biblically, that’s not more righteous.
Okay, so don’t lower God’s standard of righteousness just so you can feel better. Stop ignoring the God who gave you the righteous law, see all of these righteous laws are meant to show you a good God that desires good for His creation not back.
Just imagine a society that lived in justice and goodness, like the principles that are laid out here, and finally stop relying on your religion to be good with God. That was the first point, again, we have this tendency to think religious commotion is… What obedience is, and that’s not it. Don’t rely on going to church, reading your Bible, a giving whatever to be good enough for God that’s something only Jesus could do He fulfilled the law second turn to Jesus rely on His completed work and then fight for the righteousness fight for righteousness and the strength he provides. So again, there’s two different kinds of righteousness here, the there’s what’s called positional righteousness where because of what Jesus accomplished in His work on the cross you’re giving righteousness, so that you have a position before God as His child.
That position can never change, and yet Jesus also gives you a second Rita to be able to be righteous, and live out in your life in your words and desires, and thoughts and actions. His righteous standard, so fight today for that kind of righteousness, desire something.
I wanna encourage you, please desire something better than your normal sinful life.
I would encourage you to read the law Read This Sermon on the Mount, Read this Old Testament law, in these coming weeks, consider the 10 commandments. And consider what the principles are hunger and thirst for the righteousness of God behind those loss and desire something better than your normal life that is so overgrown with sins desire a well-kept manicured life that gives much fruit and blessedness and “chalone worship God as you see the goodness and purity of the creator’s heart in the law. I think this is one that you might be tempted to forget about and I want you to sit on this one and think about it okay?
As you see, the law and how good it is and how it promotes goodness and well-being in your life as you see that you see behind it, a good God that desires good for His creation, He’s not a good God that desires any to perish he doesn’t desire bad for anyone, doesn’t desire destruction or Calamity or anything for anyone, but He will give it to them as they sin, He desires good for His creation and He invites them into that goodness by trusting that Jesus crisis fulfilled the law and by obedience to His teaching.
And then finally, I wanna encourage you make religious activities meaningful about your love for God. Not a checklist and not a show, it’s not for other people it’s not for other people to see you and it’s not a checklist, to get done and then move on with your normal life. No, make your religious activities meaningful and about your love. A true heart felt love for God, guard your heart against that.
Well, let me check for questions one more time, and then we will probably… And pray and end our stream here.
Jordan high old great question, Jordan has asked What was the hope in regards to the law for God’s people in the Old Testament. Okay, there’s a lot packed in there. I’ll give you just a few things and maybe we can talk a little bit more. This about this.
The biblical hope was always an attitude of faith. And you see this in a couple different places: sprinkled throughout the Old Testament, Abraham believed the Lord and it was counted to him as righteousness or our law-keeping a covenant keeping Habakkuk says, “The righteous shall live by their faith throughout the Bible. There’s this recognition that we are going to be law breakers. Psalm 32: “How blessed is the man whose transgression is forgiven, who sin is covered, bless there is a word about receiving the promises of God’s covenant.
And so even in that moment David is recognizing, I can only receive these covenant promises through God’s graciousness His forgiveness to me, and if he gives those that forgiveness to me, then I will receive this. And that’s hopeful.
So there was always hope in faith in the promise of God’s forgiveness always hoping that I always hope in that, but there was a second hope to… And I think this is one area that maybe we undercut a little bit. We wanna run too quickly to the law makes things hopeless. We can never do it, and that’s just not the way Old Testament believers… Talked. And you have to read that. That’s one of the reasons why I had you all read Psalm 19 last week, in your worship service. It’s why I had you read Sam.
Well, 1, 19, was this week 19 was last week, but Psalm 19 says The law of the Lord, His perfect.
What does it do it revives the soul.
The testimony are the law of the Lord is sure, it makes the simple wise, the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart, the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes, the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever, the rules of the Lord are true and righteous together altogether.
They’re more to be desired are they than gold? And so the Old Testament believers… Found a great deal of hope in the law, they turned to the law, they turned to the law to look at two things, to look at God’s righteous standard that they should desire and if they could obey that then their life would be better, they would receive good things from God, the covenant promises from God and a second they looked to the law to see the God behind the law, the God behind the law was one who gave them the law who gave them this good resist things and they should treasure it and rejoice in it and embrace it and pursue it and understand it and use it, and through those things, Old Testament believers… Found a great deal of life.
But ultimately, the law by itself could not finally deliver because of something wrong in us, you see, and none of us could finally be covenant-ly faithful and so God needed to give us a final once and for all, offer a forgiveness for our sins, and that offer of forgiveness for our sins, was one through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So that’s a really good question, Jordan. I hope that answers it. Let’s see if there’s any other questions here.
Alright, I don’t see any other questions as close with the word of prayer.
Father, I thank you for your love to, I thank you for your law.
It is good to…
I ask that you would help us to read the law enjoying it, loving it embracing it, give us the wisdom to see these righteous standards behind the law, I pray that we would not reduce them to religious commotion or reduce them to lines in the sand or reduce them the standard of them.
Father, I pray that we would not…
I set try to do these things by ourselves but that first we would trust that only Jesus Christ could do this for us.
And then second, we would see Jesus’ words and see the promise that he holds out that if we will listen, and hear His words that our life will not fall apart ultimately.
Father, I pray and as this in your precious name, Amen, I’m gonna read Jesus’ closing a few verses to a sermon everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who builds his house on the rock, and the rain fell and the floods came and the wind’s blue and beat on the house but it did not fall because it had been founded on the rock.
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand and the rain, fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell and great was the fall.
Will you obey these words?
We hear the words of Jesus by faith and do them by faith today, and if you will, you’ll be like the house built on the rock and when the storms of life come today are the final storm comes tomorrow you will not fall.
Thank you so much for joining us today on redeemer S live stream. I hope it was helpful, I hope it was encouraging to you. If you have questions as “Purusha you can put them in the comments and I’ll try to answer them, put them in the comments, especially of the Facebook video and I will be able to go back through and then answer any questions that you might have as a result of this sermon. Next week, we’re gonna jump right into the first three commands of the 10 commandments.
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