Devotions for June 26, 2017

MATTHEW 5:17-20

Teaching about the Law
17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

NOT TO ABOLISH BUT TO FULFILL

The Jews had for centuries been living according to a strict set of rules and regulations that affected just about every aspect of their lives. It was called the law and it was VERY important to the jewish people. Jesus, however, a Jew himself, came on the scene and began mixing things up and bringing the law into a new and very different light.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Does it seem, from this passage that Jesus thinks highly of the law or not very highly? How do you view the law, is it good or bad?

Q: Jesus says the law is important but not sufficient for salvation. Would you say that you have lived your life according to the law, or by letting the Holy Spirit live through you?

Q: Write out some ways that you can allow the Holy Spirit to live through you rather than just trying to live out the law.

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