Verse of the Day

Monday, June 18, 2007

Matthew Bible Study: Matthew 5:17-20

This Wednesday, June 20, we will be discussing Matthew 5:17-20. You have had two weeks to study and prepare for this Wednesday so I expect good observations and thoughts! I hope you have not "slacked off," but rather you have taken "full advantage" of this opportunity to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ!

Having already covered a Christian's character (Matthew 5:1-12), and a Christian's influence (Matthew 5:13-16), we now move on to Christ as the fulfillment of the Old Testament (Matthew 5:17-20).

Here are some initial thoughts and observations to help you prepare for Wednesday.

1. Keep in mind "law" and "prophets" refer to the entire Old Testament.

2. Notice the progression in the text from third person (5:1-10), second person (5:11-16), to first person (5:17ff). What is the significance of this progression?

3. Notice the antithesis between "abolish" and "fulfill." Take time now to consider how Christ "fulfills" the Old Testament?

4. What connection is there between Matthew 3:15 and Matthew 5:17?

5. How do you think the original hearers felt upon hearing Christ statement of "unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven?"

6. What is the relation between Christ's fulfilling of the Old Testament and Kingdom of Heaven?

Andrew Manwarren

1 comment:

Anders Branderud said...

Regarding “Matthew 5:17f”.

Ribi Yehoshuas authentic teachings reads:
[Torah, Oral Law & Hebrew Matityahu: Ribi Yehoshua Commanded Non-Selective Observance
The Netzarim Reconstruction of Hebrew Matityahu (NHM)]:

"I didn't come to subtract from the Torâh of Moshëh or the Neviim, nor to add onto the Torah of Moshëh did I come. Because, rather, I came to [bring about the] complete [i.e., non-selective] observance of them in truth.
Should the heavens and ha-Aretz exchange places, still, not even one י or one of the Halâkhâh of the Torah of Moshehshall so much as exchange places; toward the time when it becomes that they are all being performed -- i.e., non- selectively -- in full.
For whoever deletes one [point of] the Halâkhâh of these mitzwot from Torah, or shall teach others such, [by those in] the Realm of the heavens he shall be called 'deleted.' And whoever ratifies and teaches them shall be called ' Ribi' in the Realm of the heavens.

For I tell you that unless your tzәdâqâh is over and above that of the [Hellenist-Roman Pseudo- Tzedoqim] Codifiers of halakhah, and of the Rabbinic- Perushim sect of Judaism, no way will you enter into the Realm of the heavens." (see NHM)

Quote from ; “History Museum”

The reconstruction is made using a scientific and logic methodology. One of the premises is that the historical Ribi Yehoshua was a Torah-observant Pharisee. So how can one know that?

A logical analysis (found in previous mentioned Netzarim-website (that is the only legitimate Netzarim)) of all extant source documents and archeology proves that the historical Ribi Yehosuha ha-Mashiakh (the Messiah) from Nazareth and his talmidim (apprentice-students), called the Netzarim, taught and lived Torah all of their lives; and that Netzarim and Christianity were always antithetical. Ribi Yehoshua was called a Ribi, and only the Perushim (Pharisees) had Ribis.

A second premise is that he taught in Hebrew (what that statement is based on is found in Netzarim Reconstruction of Hebrew Matityahu).

Anders Branderud