How do His comments about God’s law relate to a new commandment? American King James Version×; Matthew 12:10-14 Matthew 12:10-14  And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered.  But when you do alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand does: Among those who claim to follow Jesus, no biblical command has aroused as much controversy as the Fourth Commandment—God's instruction to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy (Exodus 20:8-11 Exodus 20:8-11  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. We should note that in this verse a different Greek word is used for "fulfilled": ginomai, meaning "to become," "to come into existence" or "to come to pass" (Thayer's, Strong's number 1096). Christ said, “If you want to enter into [eternal] life, keep the commandments.” He made sure everyone knew He meant the 10 Commandments by naming several of them in this passage of Scripture (Matthew 19:16-19). "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. Jesus was restoring, in the minds of His listeners, the Mosaic precepts to their original place, purity and power. Perhaps the most widespread controversies about the teachings of Jesus concern His attitude toward the laws of God recorded in the Old Testament. The prophet Jeremiah looked forward to a time when God would establish a new covenant in which God promised to "put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts" (Jeremiah 31:33 Jeremiah 31:33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, said the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.American King James Version×).  Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has ought against you; The Pharisees were looked up to as those who had attained the very pinnacle of personal righteousness, and the common people supposed that such heights of spirituality were far beyond their reach. Jesus Christ did exactly that, showing the holy, spiritual intent, purpose and scope of God's law. And since none of these healings involved a life-and-death situation, they thought Jesus was breaking the Sabbath.  How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the show bread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? Jack Hendren and his wife, Mary, met at Hanover College in southern Indiana and have been married over 50 years. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version (© 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.).  He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. American King James Version×). Jesus explained that love can be expressed in two great commandments—love toward God and love toward your neighbor (Matthew 22:36-39). to complete" (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, 2002, Strong's number 4137). "The Law and the Prophets" was a term commonly used for the Old Testament Scriptures (compare Matthew 7:12 Matthew 7:12Therefore all things whatever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.American King James Version×). So, how could the leper approach Jesus when the ritual law banned him from society?  And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him. American King James Version×). They formed a sect of Judaism that established a code of morals and rituals more rigid than that spelled out in the law of Moses, basing much of their practices on years of traditions.  You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. He exposed their hypocrisy in that they saw nothing wrong with working to rescue an animal that fell into a pit on the Sabbath day, or watering an animal on that day, yet they were condemning Him for helping on the Sabbath a human being—whose worth was far greater than that of any animal (Luke 13:15-17 Luke 13:15-17  The Lord then answered him, and said, You hypocrite, does not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? Some believe that no Sabbath at all is needed now, that we can rest or worship on any day or at any time we choose. "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least [by those] in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:19 Matthew 5:19Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.American King James Version×). It would not inspire much faith to know that He required one thing in the Old Testament but then changed His mind and came up with a wholly different set of requirements in the New. Bound to the law for life “For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14, NET. The approach of most churches and denominations regarding Jesus is that He brought a new teaching differing considerably from the instructions of the Old Testament.  Then shall you delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it. Its purpose was to define sin and delineate holiness. Until the ultimate completion of God's plan to glorify humanity in His Kingdom comes to pass—that is, as long as there are still fleshly human beings—the physical codification of God's law in Scripture is necessary. They appeared to obey the law to those who observed them, but broke God's law inwardly, where it couldn't be seen by others. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus explained that the commandments speak to our innermost thoughts in addition to our actions—because thoughts are the doorway to actions. All that the Pharisees understood about this commandment was that the act of murder was prohibited. He is saying that we cannot diminish from the law of God by even a jot or tittle—the equivalent of the crossing of a "t" or dotting of an "i.". Understanding the commandments and obeying them is the basis for a relationship with Christ. He met the law's requirements by obeying it perfectly in thought and deed, both in the letter and in the intent of the heart. Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law in at least two ways: as a teacher and as a doer. At the same time, we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39). For, being the very Creator as we have previously seen (Colossians 1:16 Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:American King James Version×; John 1:3 John 1:3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.American King James Version×), He is the One who created the Sabbath by resting on it (Genesis 2:2-3 Genesis 2:2-3  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. "The law of Christ" is a New Testament phrase most likely referring to the two commandments mentioned by Jesus: "you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’” The related Bible verses are in the Pauline Epistles at Galatians … © 1995–2020 All correspondence and questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Can we find support for these views in Christ's practice or teaching? Here is a serious mistake both Christianity and Judaism make about the teachings of Jesus. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). If Jesus were here today, which day would He observe as the Sabbath? But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, said the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.  And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. American King James Version×). What did the Apostle Paul mean by “you are not under law but under grace”? The same record shows that traditional Christianity itself does not follow the teachings of Christ. He warns us: "Not everyone who says to Me, 'LORD, LORD,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. To webmaster @ ucg.org ministry Jesus taught the importance of God 's direct commands, Canada and,. 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